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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."
NEW ORLEANS, LA - "Often when people think of New Orleans, they think of Mardi Gras or Carnival," said St. Mary's Dominican High School President Dr. Cynthia Thomas. Located in the heart of New Orleans, St. Mary's Dominican is no stranger to this celebration.
ST. CATHARINE, KY - On February 10 the Global Women and Holy Wisdom Prayer Service was held at the St. Catharine Motherhouse Chapel. This prayer service was held in support of the Kentucky Chapter of Dominican Young Adults who will be attending the 57th Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations March 3-9, 2013.
ST. CATHARINE, KY - The Sansbury Care Center Board of Directors, with the affirmation of the Dominican Sisters of Peace Leadership Team, has named James V. Melia, LNHA, as the new administrator of Sansbury Care Center, St. Catharine Kentucky, effective March 1, 2013.
Mr. Melia comes to Sansbury with a licensure in Long-term Care Administration, an MA in health care administration, and a BS in Business Administration.
In addition to his educational background, Mr. Melia also has an impressive history of work experience and five management awards. His references detail his strong analytical skills, extensive knowledge in healthcare operations, including excellent financial management and regulatory oversight, as well as staff and business development.
COLUMBUS, OH - Ohio Dominican University (ODU) welcomes some of the best spellers in Central Ohio to its campus as it hosts the Columbus City Schools (CCS) Elementary School (ES) and Middle School (MS) Spelling Bees. The ES spelling bee will be held on February 7 while the MS spelling bee will be held on February 8. Both events take place from 9am to noon in the Matesich Theatre, located inside Erskine Hall on ODU's main campus, 1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus, 43219.
Columbus City School's Gifted and Talented Department is sponsoring the spelling bee, which will include 70 elementary and 40 middle school students.
Dominican Sister of Peace Susan Leslie, OP, has been elected as the Confederacion de Dominicas de America Latina y El Caribe (CODALC) Animator for the Bolivariano countries for a period of three years. Those countries include Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia, and Venezuela. During the recent assembly, attendees had the opportunity to spend two days with Barbara Reid, OP (Grand Rapids), who spoke with the group using the 2012 theme of "Go and Tell My Brothers and Sisters." She focused on Mary the mother of Jesus and Mary Magdalen as prophets and preachers. She also included a number of other biblical women such as Ana, Elizabeth, etc. Sr. Susan commented, "She was fabulous! And I might add, very well received." The assembly also gave whole-hearted support to continuing the project in Los Cacaos, Haiti.
COLUMBUS, OH - Ohio Dominican University (ODU) has appointed Theresa Holleran, PhD, to be its Vice President for Academic Affairs. The announcement was made Friday, February 1, 2013. Holleran most recently served as Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs.
In her new role, Holleran, a 1976 alumna of then-Ohio Dominican College, will manage and facilitate all academic programs, including the curriculum as well as faculty and student progress. She also will oversee the Registrar's Office, library, Academic Resource Center, Academic Advising Center, Transfer Program Articulation, and the Center for Instructional Technology and eLearning.
NEW ORLEANS, LA - In an effort to raise awareness of human trafficking, especially at large sporting events like the Super Bowl, which will be held in New Orleans on February 3, Dominican Sister of Peace Nadine Buchanan, OP, joined Toshia Kimbler and Theresa Flores (founder of SOAP) to pass out soaps to local hotels and guest houses. SOAP (Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution) is an organization that works to educate the community and raise awareness about prostitution and human trafficking.
GREAT BEND, KS - Holy Family School Students of grades 2, 4, and 6 from Prince of Peace parish in Great Bend, Kansas, came to the Dominican Sisters of Peace Great Bend Motherhouse on January 30 to celebrate Catholic Schools Week with the area Sisters. Students and teachers prepared well for a Mass in honor of St. John Bosco, brought the gifts to the altar at the offertory, cantored, read, and sang the Mass hymns and acclamations beautifully. During the participatory homily time, the students had questions for the Sisters to answer ( like "Who is your favorite saint?") and then the Sisters could answer their questions and had a chance to comment/question the students. Sr.
GREAT BEND, KS - Kansas Day is celebrated on January 29 when Kansas became a state in 1861. Sisters at the Motherhouse in Great Bend held their traditional Kansas Day party. Refreshments were Kansas Mud (a delicious chocolate and vanilla dessert topped with gummy worms, cowpie cookies, and of course some punch). One of the games was finding on a crossword puzzle the cities in Kansas noted for births of famous citizens, museums with special attractionss, special foods, etc. Topping the fun was a game played by Sisters and employees - a blindfold Pin-The-City-On-the-Map-of-Kansas. Players won a quarter if their sunflower was closest to the spot on the map they were asked to find!