For further information on any of the news items listed here, please contact Director of Communications Karen Clay at (614) 416.1046. General information about the Dominican Sisters of Peace can be found in the two-page Facts at a Glance sheet from our press kit.
There were sad days for the Dominicans in Larned, Kansas, as they watched the hospital once owned and operated by the Great Bend Dominicans turn into a huge pile of trash in May and June of 2013.
In answer to the people of Larned, back in the 1940s, the Dominicans started planning for a small three-story health care center in their town. It was completed in the early 1950s and named St. Joseph Memorial Hospital in memory of the veterans of past wars, and especially of local persons who had died in World War II. The Sisters and the local citizens of Larned were pleased that they no longer had drive to Great Bend, 20 miles away, for their health care needs.
AKRON, OH - Our Lady of the Elms School, a founded ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, has announced that Dr. Ruth Friedman, current high school principal, has been appointed Chief Administrative Officer of the school, with expanded oversight of the K-12 program and ancillary affairs, effective July 1.
Dr. Friedman will continue as high school principal for the 2013-2014 school year on an interim basis.
NEW ORLEANS, LA - Friends and family joined Srs. Shirley Bodisch and Therese Leckerton Sunday, June 9, to celebrate their Golden Jubilee at a 3:00 festive liturgy in the New Orleans Motherhouse chapel of the Dominican Sisters of Peace. Sr. Mary Daniel shared a reflection, emphasizing the abundant gifts the two honorees contributed to the community and to the church during their many years of profession. The music, flowers, and guests - including family members and many Sisters - all contributed to making the liturgy a special occasion. A reception followed in the dining room, where a special coffee punch was a big hit, while the children found the ice cream machine to be a dream from heaven; they especially enjoyed the chocolate syrup.
GREAT BEND - For the 15th year, the Dominican Sisters of Peace in Great Bend have sponsored a team at the Relay for Life, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.
Weeks prior to the Relay night, the team held a kolache (fruit pastry) sale and a pie fest to raise money. The team also took donations and created luminarias in honor/memory of those who have had cancer.
NEW ORLEANS, LA - A number of Dominican Sisters and Associates of Peace recently participated in two important events hosted in New Orleans in support of immigration reform.
A prayer service held at St. Joseph's Seminary on June 5 was attended by a standing-room-only crowd. Archbishop Gregory Aymond spoke passionately for the cause of comprehensive immigration reform and urged the attendants to give the cause their support. Several immigrants told their stories, which revolved around the serious breakup of families because of deportation regulations. At the end of the meeting, cards requesting immigration reform to be sent to legislators were given out to be signed and returned on exiting.
GREAT BEND, KS - The Great Bend Motherhouse was recently invited to be one fo the show places for this year's Garden Tour in Great Bend, KS, a summer event showcasing various homes in the city. On Sunday, June 2, nearly 100 visitors walked the Motherhouse grounds between 1 and 4pm. Dominican Sisters of Peace Annette Winter and Charlotte Unrein were both out in the gardens to greet the visitors.
Prior to the big day, Sr. Annette spent many hours sprucing up the Motherhouse grounds and gardens at the Lourdes, Fatima, and St. Joseph shrines, while Sr. Charlotte did the same for the rose garden around the St. Catherine of Siena statue and the vegetable garden near the statue.
COLUMBUS, OH - Ohio Dominican University (ODU) mathematics students are taking a new approach to learn material like they never have before.
Anna Davis, PhD, associate professor of mathematics at ODU, has developed a cutting-edge interactive database concept, txt-ure, which is aimed to make the teaching process more effective and efficient, while making education more affordable. The name, txt-ure, is derived from combining the words "text" and "lecture."
"Personalized education and face-to-face interaction between faculty and students is at the heart of this approach," said Davis. "In addition, txt-ure enhances the traditional classroom experience by utilizing the internet, social media, and video."
BATH, OH - The Annual Organic Plant Sale at Crown Point Ecology Center was a big success! This year with wonderful weather, around 1800 of our best friends now have organic plants in their own yards, and as a bonus, we exceeded our financial goal. At the conclusion of the plant sale, all remaining plants were donated to 44 different schools, churches, and community gardens.
Congratulations to Dominican Sister of Peace Kathleen Cannon, OP, Associate Dean of the College of Science at the University of Notre Dame, who is one of three faculty mentors at the university to receive the Dockweiler Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising. The awards, which were announced at the May 19 commencement ceremonies, are presented by the Office of the Provost to faculty members who enhance the intellectual development and scholarly engagement of undergraduates outside the classroom, serve as a mentor or role model for students, and help students achieve their academic and professional goals. Recipients are selected through a process that includes peer and student nominations. The awards are supported by the Julia Stearns Dockweiler Charitable Foundation.
WATERFORD, MI - Lourdes Senior Community hosted an inaugural Garden Show Saturday, May 18, on the grounds in Waterford, MI. Providing expert advice were members of the Michigan State University Master Gardener Volunteer Program, focusing on many aspects of horticulture, including trees and shrubs, flowers, vegetables, fruit, soil, water, pests, indoor plants, and lawns. They shared the joys of gardening with people of all ages and taught environmentally friendly gardening practices. Flowers, plants, and vegetable plants were available for purchase. In addition, there were adult and children's craft tables and a raffle for garden-related prizes. Visitors also were welcome to tour the Lourdes campus.