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NEW YORK, NY - This year Dominican Academy (New York, NY) kicked off its Global Awareness Week theme of empowering women and girls with a speaker from Shining Hope for Communities.The speaker explained how Shining Hope started an elementary school for girls in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya, and how well the students and their families are doing. The freshmen and sophomores also made Happy Dolls, which they will swap with girls from Jan's Senior Academy in Kisuma County, Kenya. Global Awareness Week is planned and implemented by the Dominican Academy Preachers. It includes prayers, announcements, emails, and signage intended to build awareness of a global issue. The week concludes with a "What you can do" Fair on Friday afternoon to help the girls find ways to make a difference.
COLUMBUS, OH - Ohio Dominican University (ODU) will hold its 101st commencement exercise at 11am on Saturday, May 10, 2014. Approximately 300 students will have degrees conferred upon them as they are joined by hundreds of family and friends in Alumni Hall, located on ODU's main campus, 1216 Sunbury Rd, Columbus, OH 43219.
Father Wilson (Bill) Miscamble, PhD, CSC, professor of History at the University of Notre Dame, will deliver the commencement address.
ST. CATHARINE, KY - Seniors at St. Agnes Academy (Memphis, TN) visited the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse in St. Catharine, KY, for the School's annual Senior Class retreat. The theme of the retreat was "Shoes for the Journey." The seniors participated in a variety of activities that helped them look at the faith journey they have traveled thus far and recognize the tools they need for the future. Additionally students had the opportunity to visit with many of the Sisters at the Motherhouse, and they visited the Monastery at Gethsemane where they toured the property and attended Vespers.
MEMPHIS, TN - St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School President Barbara Daush, OPA, was named 2014 CEO of the Year by MBQ Magazine; she was selected as CEO of the Year in the 50-200 employees category. This is the third year MBQ has presented the Top CEO award which recognizes great business leaders, thinkers, and innovators in our community.
Barbara has been President of St. Agnes-St. Dominic since 1994. As President, she has proven to be a transformative leader, yet one who has maintained a commitment to the legacy of the Dominican Sisters who founded the school 163 years ago. During her time leading the school, enrollment has grown 45 percent, the school's endowment has grown 8,000 percent to more than $5.6 million, and the campus has been reinvented through two major capital campaigns.
During its recent spring meeting, DSP Office of Associates Co-Director Conni Dubick, OPA, was elected president of the Board of Directors of the North American Conference of Associates and Religious (NACAR). NACAR is "a membership organization that acts as a catalyst to serve, empower, and promote the Associate-Religious relationship." Conni will serve on the executive committee for the next three years alongside Vice President Dr. Jeanne Connolly (Covenant Member, Wheaton Franciscans); Treasurer Cathi Duffy (Associate, Society of the Holy Child Jesus); and Treasurer Kathy Herrington (Associate, Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary).
The following was written by Taylor Sheridan upon returning from a school mission trip to the Dominican Republic. Taylor is a senior at St. Mary's Dominican High School (a founded ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Peace) in New Orleans, Louisiana.
When we arrived at the airport at the early time of 4 am, it was finally real. Our group of 13 high school juniors and seniors from St. Mary's Dominican High School, four parent volunteers, our Spanish teacher Mrs. Claudia Vallejo and Sr Pat Harvat, Vice President of Dominican Catholic Identity, were really going to the Dominican Republic. Filled with excitement and no idea of what to expect, we anxiously awaited our flight, talking about the possibilities of what this experience would be like.
COLUMBUS, OH - Rev. Tim Ahrens, an Associate of the Dominican Sisters of Peace and Senior Pastor at Columbus First Congregational Church, will be honored with a 2014 Living Faith Award at a ceremony to be held May 15.
While other Living Faith awards honor lay individuals, the special Alvin Hadley Social Justice Award that Rev. Ahrens will receive recognizes a member of the clergy who provides leadership in the area of social justice. All individuals selected for recognition are honored for exemplifying dynamic faith in their lives by inspiring, challenging, and serving others in the larger community beyond their immediate congregations.
DENVER, CO – Sr. Peggy Martin was one of three honorees at the first ever Women Making Healthcare History luncheon sponsored by the St. Joseph Hospital Foundation. With an audience of over 200 attendants, Sister Peggy received the Mother Xavier Ross Award, given for her outstanding contributions to Catholic Healthcare ministry. In a communique sent to Sister Peggy by Sister Melissa Camardo, SCL, Peggy was recognized "because of our admiration of your efforts to ensure a future for Catholic health care that is true to our essential values…" Sister Peggy was in Rome at the time of the luncheon; Sisters Kathleen Andrews and Francine Schwarzenberger represented her at the luncheon and accepted the Award.
COLUMBUS, OH – "Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves."—Abraham Lincoln
Ohio Dominican University students with Leadership for Peace in conjunction with Dominican Sisters of Peace are organizing a letter writing campaign from March 18-20, 2014 in the lobby of Erskine Hall during lunch (11-1) and dinner (5-8). This is an effort to pass Ohio HB 130 to prosecute users of trafficked victims while also educating the students at Ohio Dominican University.
The Dominican Sisters and Associates of Peace have approved a corporate stance calling for responsible gun-control legislation and improved mental-health care resources.
The corporate stance states:
"In the United States, we will advocate for common-sense gun control laws, such as requiring universal background checks before purchasing guns; banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines; promoting strategies to prevent gun violence; and providing adequate financial resources to establish mental health programs for victims and perpetrators, and prevention programs for at-risk people."