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MEMPHIS, TN - Two teams of students from St. Dominic's School, each comprised of two fifth-grade and two sixth-grade boys, participated in a math competition at Memphis Catholic School on Saturday, March 1. In this first time the school participated in a competition of this kind, they boys brought home a first place medal.
Around 50 other middle-and junior-high-schoolers partipated in the competition, solving team and individual math problems. The tasks included a very challenging team math construction problem, where participants had to follow a list of instructions to the letter to be successful.
Beaming with pride for the effort and success of her students, Dominican Associate of Peace Terry Pyrdom, who teaches sixth grade at St. Dominic's School, shared how exciting the competition was. She exclaims, "I felt like I was at the Olympics!"
ST. CATHARINE, KY – On Friday, February 28, a very joyful celebration took place at Sansbury Care Center. Staff members, residents, volunteers and Sisters joined together with Sr. Josefina Rivera-Ortiz to commemorate her 104th birthday. Mid-morning Mass in the chapel was followed by dinner and a bit of rest time. At 2:00 pm, all gathered again in the cheerfully decorated dining room for music, song, and dessert – a huge cake frosted with blue and yellow roses. One musical highlight was a duet in Spanish by Sr. Josefina and Sr. Narcisa Nadina Barreto-Pérez – both of whom were born in Puerto Rico.
ST. CATHARINE, KY - Staff at St. Catharine College, a founded ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, have announced their intention to hold their traditional Dominican Sisters Appreciation Day (which they celebrate annually to thank the congregation) on Tuesday, March 11, in order to coincide with National Catholic Sisters Week this year. The event will take place in the afternoon in St. Catharine Hall, with further details to be forthcoming. They also encouraged other actions of gratitude to commemorate the Dominican Sisters' contributions throughout the week.
WATERFORD, MI – The Lourdes Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, a founded ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, has been named one of the nation's best care facilities for the second year in a row by U.S. News & World Report.
GREAT BEND, KS - Heartland Center for Spirituality, a sponsored ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Peace in Great Bend, Kansas, recently offered two retreats for those joining the Catholic Church this Easter.
The first retreat was held in Dodge City at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe on February 15, with Sr. Rene Weeksand Sr. Maria Elena Martinez-Sifuentes presenting to a group of 96 in Spanish. Associate Judy Spangler and Associate Candidate Ann Axman presented to a group of 19 in English that same day. On February 22, Ann and Judy presented the retreat at the Heartland Center for Spirituality to a group of 40 from the Dodge City, Salina, and Wichita dioceses.
OMAHA, NE - The December 2013 issue of US Airways' in-flight magazine contained an unusual but important message that caught the attention of many travelers: a full-page public-service ad on human trafficking placed by US Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking (USCSAHT), a national group of which Dominican Sisters of Peace are members. This month, it was announced that the ad, which poignantly acknowledges the reality of human trafficking and provides a phone number for reporting suspicious activity, won a first-place Addy Award from the American Advertising Federation (Nebraska).
ST. CATHARINE, KY - The Berry Farming Program at St. Catharine College, a founded ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, was founded on the life work of farmer and writer Wendell Berry, who has been a leading voice in the sustainable farm movement for more than 50 years.
In the fall of 2013, St. Catharine College began offering a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts degree, and a minor, in Farming and Ecological Agrarianism. This experimental learning-based, multidisciplinary curriculum provides basic, practical, and intellectual tools for bolstering rural communities, small farms, and local markets.
FRANKFORT, KY - On Wednesday, February 12, 2014, Dominican Sisters of Peace and students and faculty from St. Catharine College (a founded ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Peace) participated in the 9th Annual I Love Mountains Day rally at Kentucky's state capitol building. Dominican Sister of Peace Sr. Claire McGowan, who is becoming well known in Kentucky and in the national media for her leadership in efforts countering the Bluegrass Pipeline, gave a stirring address at the event.
WASHINGTON, DC - Congratulations to Dominican Associate of Peace Barbara Budde, who will be honored this weekend with a Servant of Justice Award from Roundtable, the association of Catholic Diocesan social justice directors, at an awards banquet being held during the organization's 29th Annual Symposium in Washington, DC.
GREAT BEND, KS - On January 29, 2014, the state of Kansas turned 53 years young! Not only is Kansas a home to many hardy citizens who are enterprising, industrious, and patient (waiting for moisture…), Kansas is also home to many Dominican Sisters of Peace. The Mission Group Coordinator at the Great Bend Motherhouse, Sr. Charlotte Brungardt, is always full of ideas for parties and this one was no exception. Sisters, Associates, and employees gathered to sing the State Song, "Home on the Range," and enjoy some buffalo wings and crackers and cheese (arranged in the shape of the State Flower, the sunflower, by the food service staff - see photo). Then the table groups shared their knowledge of famous Kansas people in an enjoyable quiz created by Sr. Charlotte.