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NISKAYUNA, NY - On April 17, the staff of the Dominican Retreat and Conference Center (Niskayuna, NY) received the Robert J. & Dorothy S. Ludwig Interfaith Award from the Interfaith Community of Schenectady, Inc. The award is in recognition of ministering to people of all faiths and providing programs that give spiritual rest and renewal. Rev. Robert Long, president of the Interfaith Community, presented the award to the staff at the end of their April gathering.
Staff present included (left to right) Ceil Amendolia; Shawn Palleschi; Sr. Sue Zemgulis, OP; Sr. Carol Davis, OP; Sr. Barbara Ebner, OP; Sr. Aimee Ryan, OP; Sr. Ethel Detz, OP.
AKRON, OH - On Friday, April 12, 2013, Our Lady of the Elms held Elms Gala, their annual dinner-auction fundraiser. The theme this year was VOGUE Masquerade Black and White Ball. Thanks to Elms Gala Coordinator/Elms alumna Kate Kleski and event decorators/donors, Little Black Dress, the school commons and gymnasium were transformed into a sea of red, black, and white sparkles. Little Black Dress donated labor and décor which resulted in a breath-taking ambiance. Guests arrived in black and white attire and many gentlemen wore tuxedoes. Outstanding jazz music was provided by the Kyle Magilavy Trio. It was a night of elegance and splendor.
WASHINGTON, DC – Catholic Sisters from 13 congregations across the country participated in the "Convening of Innovative Catholic Women Religious Leaders Fighting Human Trafficking" from April 9 to 11 in Washington, DC. Sr. Barbara Catalano represented the Dominican Sisters of Peace.
The goals of the meeting were to increase collaboration among women religious and others in order to better minister to survivors, to educate the public about human slavery, and to influence public policy in an attempt to put an end to human trafficking for labor and sex. "It was an extraordinary experience which provided valuable information and materials, as well as opportunities to network and collaborate," shared Sr. Barbara.
PAWNEE ROCK, KS - A $2,650 grant from the Golden Belt Community Foundation's Jerry and Linda Marmie Fund has been awarded to Heartland Farm, a founded ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, to support the organization's annual summer Peace Camp. The check was presented to Sr. Jane Belanger(pictured, right) by Christy Tustin, Executive Director of Golden Belt Community Foundation (left), and Sue Cooper, Grant Officer (middle). The Golden Belt Community Foundation is a family of over 120 charitable funds, each created by donors to serve the charitable causes of their choices in Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford Counties, Kansas.
Our Sisters and Associates serve in a variety of ministries, throughout the United States and in several countries overseas. While all ministries are as unique as the individuals serving in them, they all aim to bring the Good News of the Resurrected Christ to a world in need. This week, we had the wonderful opportunity to listen to a Sister share her passion for her work. We invite you to watch this short video featuring Sr. Dorothy Trosclair, OP, director of the Archdiocesan Spirituality Center in New Orleans, as she explains what spiritual direction is, and highlighting her love for this ministry and all that the Center offers:
MILTON, MA - On Saturday, April 6, Boston-area Dominican Sisters of Peace were among the 250 participants who gathered at Fontbonne Academy for the sixth symposium offered by the Boston Unit of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) Anti-Trafficking Coalition. While their participation in events of the coalition has been ongoing, it has become particularly significant with the Dominican Sisters of Peace's recent passage of a corporate stance calling for an end to human trafficking. This corporate stance articulates the congregation's views on human trafficking as an important human rights issue and prioritizes part of the congregation's social justice direction to support efforts to end human trafficking.
COLUMBUS, OH - The Columbus Coalition for the Homeless has honored the Dominican Sisters of Peace with their Marsha Donner Humanitarian Award. The award was presented on April 3 at the organization's annual meeting, in recognition of the congregation's "incredible generosity... to support homeless women at their Mother's Day event."
MEMPHIS, TN - At the 89th annual Scholastic Convention at Columbia University, St. Agnes Academy was presented a Gold Crown Award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association for the 2012 edition of Calliope. St. Agnes was one of only 12 schools throughout the country to win a Gold Crown for a High School Art and Literary Magazine.
The Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) is an international student press association, founded in 1925, whose goal is to unite student journalists and faculty advisers at schools and colleges through educational conferences, idea exchanges, textbooks, critiques, and award programs. The goal of the critique and contests is to seek out and publicize the best practices in student writing, editing and publishing.
NEW ORLEANS, LA - On good Friday, nine Dominican Sisters and Associates of Peace participated in the 30th Annual Way of the Cross/Way of Justice, which took place in the Central Business District of New Orleans, LA. Our event transforms the traditional ritual by relating the Stations of the Cross to the suffering and oppression of God's people (the Body of Christ) in our time and place.
WATERFORD, MI - Numerous renovations and other improvements to campus buildings are helping Lourdes Senior Community remain a premier residence for independent and assisted living, along with nursing and memory care.
Fox Manor on the Lake Independent Living has benefited from numerous renovations in the dining area: new flooring, tables and chairs, silverware and glasses, window treatments with shades and valances, French entry doors, and a remodeled chapel that also features French doors, plus artwork and fresh paint on the walls. In addition, grants have provided outdoor bird feeders and flower planters.