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.
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.
COLUMBUS, OH - This past Saturday, a summer celebration was held at a local trailer park community thanks to a peace and nonviolence grant given to the Dominican Sisters of Peace by Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI). The purpose of this grant is to promote peace in the trailer park community through empowering the community to stand up to violence and cultivate peace.
GREAT BEND, KS - June 26, 27, and 28 were party days at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Great Bend Motherhouse as the Sisters, Associates, and employees expressed their thanks to two local priests who are moving to new assignments and a long-time employee who is retiring.
Fr. Francis Oroffa, MSP, has been the sacramental minister at the Motherhouse while also serving as a parish pastor in Hoisington Kansas, nine miles from Great Bend; he will be moving to a parish in Orange, Texas. Fr. Francis often celebrated the Liturgy at the Motherhouse five times a week, and he was also present for other functions and events and was very faithful in visiting the Sisters in the infirmary.
COLUMBUS, OH - Ohio Dominican University (ODU) is proud to host author and award-winning journalist for The Washington Post, Wil Haygood, as he launches his critically acclaimed book, "The Butler." An Evening with Wil Haygood: The Creative Genius behind "The Butler" will take place at 7pm, September 12 in the Matesich Theatre (located inside Erskine Hall on ODU's main campus).
Haygood will be joined by Steve Reiss, Haygood's former editor at The Washington Post, for an in-depth discussion on writing and their professional experiences.
As Dominican Sisters of Peace continue our commitment to producing environmentally conscious communications and embracing immerging technologies, we're delighted to highlight one of our many ministries that is helping advance such efforts.
Siena Learning Center, located in New Britain, Connecticut, recently completed a new promotional video highlighting the offerings of the Center and how this ministry has had an impact on the learners and volunteers. We invite you to view an abbreviated version of this promo video below (a full version may be found on the Center's homepage at sienalearningcenter.org):
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.