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.
COLUMBUS, GA - Dominican Sisters and Associates of Peace will represent the congregation at the School of the Americas Watch rally in Columbus, Georgia, November 16-18. Our thanks to Srs. Francine Schwarzenberger, Suzanne Brauer, Kathy Brousard, and Associates Jerry Stein, JoAnna Magree, Chris Cahalan, and Kevin Cahalan for their witness at this very important event. Please keep them and all who are gathered in prayer.
CHIMBOTE, PERU - The Diocese of Chimbote celebrated its 50th Anniversary on November 16, 2012, with an Academic Program of recognition and remembrance. A presentation of the history of the development of Chimbote together with the growth of the Church and the presence of many religious congregations in parishes, educational institutions, social works, and the communication media were highlighted in a conference given by Padre. Juan Roger Rodriquez Ruiz. Bishop Angel Francisco Simon Piorno recognized the different religious communities present in the early years of this development, and Sr. Germaine Conroy, OP, received the certificate for the former Dominican Sisters of St. Mary of the Springs congregation (now Dominican Sisters of Peace).
NEW ORLEANS, LA - Congratulations to New Orleans Motherhouse Maintenance Supervisor Sidney Arceneaux, who received both the Lumen Christi Award and Knight of the Quarter Awards.
The Lumen Christi Award is given to the parishioner who goes above and beyond the call of duty doing good works for the Church. As the award states, "Because of the example of your life, your fatih and your commitment and dedication to your parish family, you are hereby recognized as one who reflects 'the light of Christ.'" The Knight of the Quarter Award is given in recognition of outstanding service and continued support of core principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity. and Patriotism.
TUCSON, AZ - Congratulations to Dominican Sister of Peace Corina Padilla, who was honored last week by the Jordan Ministry Team, who each year honors three people who exemplify the mission of love of the Savior through ministry and collaboration in their life's work.
Sr. Corina has served for 41 years in the Diocese of Tucson, largely in Hispanic ministry. She served as a catechist in a number of parishes in the diocese; worked in the Religious Education office; was the first director of the Spanish Speaking Apostolate; was a parish social worker; and was on the first team members of the Jordan Ministry Team. She was also a missioner in Guatemala and Cali, Colombia, and was on the Board of the Mexican American Cultural Center.
MEMPHIS, TN - St. Agnes Academy senior Zoe Harrison has been named a National Merit Semifinalist by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). She was selected based on her performance on the Preliminary SAT.
An outstanding student, Zoe is a member of the National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, and National French Honor Society. She serves on the editorial staff for Calliope, the school's award-winning literary magazine, and she is a member of the French Club and Pep Club. Zoe was a Freshman Student Orientation Guide and Photography Chair and was the Chairman for the Junior/Senior Prom. Additionally Zoe is active at Holy Communion Episcopal Church, where she serves on the Youth Group Leadership Team.
MEMPHIS, TN - The entire St. Agnes Academy Upper School gathered for a very special project to help those in the northeast hit hard by the recent storm. Students worked together to make 70 blankets, which are being sent to New York for distribution to the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
The project was organized by the officers of the school's Fleece of Faith Club.
"The mission of the Fleece of Faith Club is to provide blankets for persons in need," said St. Agnes teacher Mary Miller. "Originally we understood that to be the homeless of our city. We have been distributing the blankets through Manna House. However, as the students became more aware of the needs of the victims of Sandy, juniors Lauren Dunavant and Briana Wilson, suggested that we make blankets for them," Miller said.
NEW ORLEANS, LA - Two Dominican Sisters of Peace high schools came together in New Orleans. The student preachers and retreat team leaders from the St. Agnes Academy, Memphis, TN, travelled to New Orleans, LA, to help the victims of Hurricane Isaac. After a long day of giving out food and cleaning out areas filled with debris, they enjoyed supper and conversation with the Adrian Dominican Sisters. Two of these sisters, Sr. Pat Harvat and Sr. Mary Jones, minister with the Dominican Sisters of Peace at St. Mary's Dominican High School. Before heading back to Memphis, the students visited Dominican and enjoyed breakfast with the student preachers, who then led a guided tour of the campus.
MEMPHIS, TN - St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School presented students with the Dominican Torch Award. The Award, which is presented quarterly by the Dominican Associates, recognizes those students who exhibit by their example the four pillars of the Dominican charism: Prayer, Study, Community, and Service. This quarter the Torch Award recipients were (l to r) Rebecca Calderoni (SAA5), Abby Sellers (SAA7), Gaby Hochu (SAA12), Matthew Wickenhiser (SDS8), and Hayes Corrigan (SDS4).
PONCHATOULA, LA - On November 1, Sr. Mary de Montfort Schexnaydre, OP, affectionately referred to as Sr. D, joined with Rosaryville Spirit Life Center staff members to set out 105 vases of flowers to honor those in the Sisters' and Friars' cemeteries on the Rosaryville property.
WATERFORD, MI - Nine students ages 9 to 14, members of a creative group called the First Lego League of Waterford, accepted a challenge called Senior Solutions and have invented an "Awesome Gripper Gadget" to assist those with Parkinson's, arthritis, or other mobility issues. They will demonstrate their invention along with a robot they designed and programmed at 7 pm Thursday, November 9, for residents of Fox Manor at the Lourdes Senior Community campus on Watkins Lake Road in Waterford.
The First Lego League is an international robotics program designed to get young people excited about science and technology while using a Lego Mindstorm Robot Set. Throughout the year, teams are presented with problems and asked to create innovative solutions.