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.
AKRON, OH - The celebration of Diversity Week at Our Lady of the Elms High School and Middle School took place the week of March 4. On Monday, the entire school Skyped with Sr. Rudo and 30 of her students in Zimbabwe. For about 25 minutes the students in both schools exchanged information with one another. Some of the things covered were - how long is your school day and year, what kind of sports do you have, what is your mascot and so forth. The question which caused the most laughter from the students in Zimbabwe was, "How do you meet boys?’" Everyone was excited that we were able to connect with a Dominican school in Africa. The students witnessed the connection with one another when they talked about "our motto," and the four pillars of Dominican life.
LOUISVILLE, KY - Eight Dominican Sisters of Peace attended a workshop entitled "Leadership for Sustainable Religious Lands: Tilling a Future of Hope" at the Ursuline Campus in Louisville, KY. The workshop was organized by Dominican Sister of Peace Claire McGowan, OP, and explored the topic of the opportunities open to religious communities who own land. We spent a very energizing morning with presentations by Mary Berry of the Berry Institute and Christy Brown of the Louisville Festival of Faiths and a theological reflection on our ownership and use of our land. The afternoon was led by Joy Anderson and a team of volunteers from the Criterion Institute who introduced us to a financial imagination to pair with our theological imagination for stewarding the land. All of us left energized and challenged by the workshop. The Sisters who attended included Srs.
WATERFORD, MI - Beth Merlo has been named the new Director of Nursing at Lourdes Nursing Home, replacing the retired Mary Keyser, it was announced by Shela Myrick, administrator of the facility.
Beth came to Lourdes last July as a clinical manager after 15 years at Genesys Regional Medical Center in Grand Blanc, where she was a manager in the Emergency Room, and nurse manager in the Neuro Trauma Intensive Care/Progressive Respiratory Care Unit. A registered nurse, she specialized in trauma, stroke and orthopedics.
Before Genesys, Beth served at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital for more than 15 years in the Adult Intensive Care Unit, specializing in open heart, vascular, and stroke processes. The Warren native graduated from Oakland University with a BS in nursing. Beth and husband John have been married 30 years and have two children, daughter Blair and son Mark.
WATERFORD, MI - Lourdes Nursing Home has been named one of the nation's best care facilities by US News & World Report, it was announced Tuesday by the national magazine.
The data determining the honor for the 108-bed facility comes from Nursing Home Compare, a website operated by the Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The agency sets and enforces standards for nursing homes enrolled in Medicare or Medicaid. CMS also collects information from states and individual homes and assigns each home a rating of one to five stars in each of three categories: State-conducted health inspections; nursing and physical therapy staffing, and quality of medical care. Lourdes Nursing Home received five stars, the highest rating.
MEMPHIS, TN - The teachers at St. Agnes Academy - St. Dominic School in Memphis, Tennessee, have begun to partner with local St. Louis Elementary School teachers to learn best practices and experience professional development to enhance technology education and integration within the curriculum. Teachers will listen to speakers, attend workshops, and participate in virtual training exercises to develop digital content to transition from a textbook centered curriculum to one that is more technology based. Teachers from both schools will share their successes and challenges and mentor and coach each other to achieve common objectives.
COLUMBUS, OH - The Dominican Sisters of Peace Dining Services Team in Columbus, Ohio, has partnered with the Sisters to help support The Well, the Salvation Army's day-time drop center for women who have been sexually exploited and trafficked in Central Ohio. The goal of The Well is to provide these women a peaceful sanctuary and a place they can call their own. One of the best ways to create a home-like environment and develop community is to eat together. Chef Andy Harker (pictured left) cooked a delicious lunch for the women while some of the Sisters helped put together boxes of nutritious snacks. Morrison Senior Living donated all of the food and supplies for the event, which left all involved with a huge sense of love and peace.
FRANKFORT, KY - An estimated 1,500 people, including Dominican Sister of Peace Judy Morris, OP, and St. Catharine College students and faculty, gathered in Frankfort, Kentucky, on Valentine's Day (February 14) to express concern for "mountain top removal."
COLUMBUS, OH - Ohio Dominican University (ODU) will welcome hundreds of high school students to its campus as it hosts the National Honor Society (NHS) Ohio Conference from 8am to 3pm, March 8, in Alumni Hall and the Bishop James A. Griffin Student Center, located on ODU's main campus, 1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus, 43219. The event is co-sponsored by the Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators (OASSA) and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).
Approximately 375 students and advisors from at least 15 high schools from across the state are expected to attend the conference, which will offer sessions on the college admission process, leadership, community service, fundraising activities, stress management, and team-building.
COLUMBUS, OH - On February 15, Dominican Sister of Peace Gemma Doll, OP, joined Ohio Medicaid Director John McCarthy, Legislative Liaison Angela Weaver, Sr. Mary Wendeln, CPPS, Rev. Susan Bryan, Sr. Carren Herring, RSM, and Sequoia Powers in a discussion on Medicaid expansion. The mentioned representatives of the faith community met with McCarthy to strategize how to maintain Medicaid expansion in Ohio's new budget. Governor Kasich and his cabinet are not in favor of "Obamacare," but it is the law of the land and poorer Ohioans can benefit from additional access to healthcare. According to McCarthy, it is the moral thing to do. Access helps these lower-positioned workers and childless parents to seek routine preventative care to stay healthy and keep their jobs, which contributes to the overall productivity of the State.
The Dominican Sisters of Peace have approved a corporate stance to end human trafficking, according to Sr. Judy Morris, OP, justice promoter for the congregation. "The reality of thousands of our brothers and sisters laboring in modern day slavery compels us to act now to stop human trafficking and to serve the survivors of this crime," said Morris.
"This stance proclaims that it is our mission to be a prophetic voice in solidarity with the poor, the marginalized, and oppressed," Sr. Judy said. "Our 600 Sisters and 500 lay Associates had the opportunity to vote on the stance and now commit our support to efforts to end human trafficking."