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BOSTON, MA - In 1888 the Dominicans of St. Catharine, Kentucky, had no GPS to guide their steps, only a belief that God was directing them to the Northeast. Now as Dominican Sisters of Peace, we recall and celebrate 125 years of service in the Archdiocese of Boston.
One result of the Third Plenary Council of Baltimore required the building of schools in all parishes. As schools opened, pastors began seeking Sisters to staff them. Seven Sisters from the Bluegrass State headed for St. Patrick's Parish in Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1888.
In Signadou, a book that chronicles the history of the Dominican Sisters of St. Catharine, Kentucky, Sr. Paschala Noonan wrote:
Columbus, OH - Ohio Dominican University (ODU) has appointed Sr. Joan Franks, OP, PhD, to be its vice president for Mission and Identity. She assumed her new role on July 1, 2013.
Franks, a 1964 alumna of then-College of St. Mary of the Springs, oversees the University's efforts to maintain, enhance, and promote its Catholic and Dominican identity. She is a member of the Congregation of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, the founding congregation of ODU.
Franks returns to ODU having spent the last three years as a professor of Philosophy at the Consolata Institute of Philosophy as well as the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, located in Nairobi, Kenya.
COLUMBUS, OH - On Wednesday, August 23, Christine Patella was blessed and missioned by the Dominican Sisters and Associates of Peace and the Dominican Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, as she prepared to leave the next morning for a one-year term of service with the latter in Zambia through Dominican Volunteers International. Christine is 23 years old and a graduate from Ohio State University with a degree in Medical Dietetics. She first met the Dominican Sisters of Peace through Sr. Cathy Arnold and Sr. Pat Dual, who had spoken at retreats Christine attended and became friends. In her address to the congregation prior to being missioned, Christine reflected, "...being on mission isn't about where you are. It's about letting God enable you to be the best you can be, wherever you are.
This week marks new beginnings for three women who have recently become part of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, a congregation of more than 600 Dominican Sisters and more than 500 lay Associates headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.
Two novices - Sisters Beata Tiboldi and Anne Knight - will begin their canonical Novitiate year, moving to the Collaborative Dominican Novitiate in St. Louis, Missouri on August 13. And Sister Trina Marie Ulrich, who recently transferred membership to the Dominican Sisters of Peace, will begin her new ministry teaching at St. Mary's Dominican High School, an all-girls high school in New Orleans sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Peace.
As all three women excitedly embark on their new adventures, they are grateful for the journey that led them to this moment.
COLUMBUS, OH - The Institute for Maturing Spirituality at the Martin de Porres Center, a sponsored ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, invites religious communities, faith communities, senior residences, and health care centers throughout the country to participate in its fall webcast series by subscribing to the live events or to the recorded DVD of all four programs at the end of the series. Each program features an aspect of spirituality or holistic wellness for those in the second half of life with an opportunity for small group discussion and Q & A with the presenter. All webcasts are scheduled at 2:00-3:30 PM, Eastern time.
The fall series includes these programs and presenters:
GREAT BEND, KS - At the closing of Saturday Evening Prayer on August 3, the Great Bend area Dominican Sisters and Associates of Peace blessed Sr. Anne Knight as she prepares to enter her canonical year at the Collaborative Dominican Novitiate in St. Louis, Missouri. The community encircled Sr. Anne in the the chapel sanctuary and urged the Weaver God, the God of Transition, and the God of Nourishment to be with Sr. Anne this year as she wonders at the tapestry of her life, learns more of the God who was, and is, and will forever be with her, and who insures that her heart is well-fed by divine lavishness.
GREAT BEND, KS - Dominican Sisters of Peace Teresita Huse, OP, was the honoree at a surprise birthday party at the Farmers Bank and Trust in Great Bend, Kansas. Bank President Bill Robbins and his wife Yvonne hosted the party. Bank Officer Karesa Harrison (also the daughter of Bill and Yvonne) even researched the congregational website so that a special birthday cake could be designed for the occasion.
The Dominican Sisters and Farmers Bank & Trust have had a friendship for almost 100 years, with the bank helping with loans to build St. Rose Hospital in 1922. The bank continues to be a generous benefactor to the Annual Mission Bazaar.
WATERFORD, MI -Belinda McNutt has been named director of nursing at Lourdes Nursing Home, it was announced by Shela Myrick, administrator of the facility.
Belinda, a registered nurse for 30 years with 21 years of experience in long-term care, has been on the leadership team since joining the Lourdes staff in 2004. She has been a Minimum Data Set (MDS) Coordinator for 11 years and was certified in that area in 2011 through the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination. In the MDS role, she collects data pertinent to the conditions and care of residents.
Belinda and husband Rex have been married for 27 years and have two children, Mackenzie and Christopher.
COLUMBUS, OH - Ohio Dominican University (ODU) is more than doubling the number of its evening courses offerings to give students significantly more flexibility in what courses they may take, and when.
Starting in the fall 2013 semester, ODU will offer 35 undergraduate-level evening courses in a variety of disciplines, including business, education, computer information systems, biology, mathematics, and art.
NEW ORLEANS, LA - On Saturday, June 29, Dominican Sisters of Peace Theresa Fox, OP, and Mary Daniel, OP, participated in the No More Names Campaign event held in New Orleans, LA. Participants gathered together under a tent due to inclement weather, but the rain did not dampen the passion the crowd exhibited on the topic of gun control.
The program began in prayer and was followed by several stories from victims of gun violence. The stories evoked both sympathy and a determination to work toward peace, especially in our city.