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.
PAWNEE ROCK, KS - Heartland Farm, a sponsored ministry of Dominican Sisters of Peace, recently welcomed its first guests as a host site of the Harvest Hosts RV program. Fran and Lulu were "RV overnight parking" guests at the farm on April 29. They enjoyed their visit, and Fran took advantage of a massage with Sr. Mary Ellen Dater.
WATERFORD, MI – Lourdes Senior Community, a sponsored ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, is hosting a nine-part series beginning May 16 on how to better understand various behaviors associated with memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Joining Lourdes in presenting the series is Mercy Hospice.
The public is invited as experts provide advice on how to cope with afflicted loved ones who are beginning to experience symptoms or have succumbed to these three mental categories. Each one-hour session in the series will be held on Thursdays at 1:30pm at the Mendelson Home on the Lourdes campus, located on Watkins Lake Road, the first entrance off Dixie Highway.
LARNED, KS - For about a year, Dominican Sisters of Peace Rebecca Otterand Irene Hartman watched the new up-to-date hospital being constructed just two blocks from the Sisters' residence in Larned, Kansas. On April 28, the two Sisters attended the open house for the completed hospital. They were pleased to see various photos of the early Sisters displayed in the halls, Sisters who opened St. Joseph Hospital in the early 1950's, which is now being replaced by Pawnee Valley Community Hospital. One gentleman told the Sisters, "This would not have been possible if the Sisters hadn't started a hospital here way back in the fifties." Quite a compliment to the Sisters who started St. Joseph Memorial Hospital!
WATERFORD, MI – Lourdes Senior Community, a founded ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, has been voted Oakland County's Best of the Best in Senior Living for the sixth year in a row by readers of the Oakland Press. This honor comes on the heels of Lourdes Nursing Home being named one of the nation’s best care facilities by U.S. News & World Report.
NEW ORLEANS, LA - New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond presided at a special Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Rita’s Church on Sunday afternoon, April 28, to honor all the Jubilarians in the Archdiocese, both priests and religious. About half the 52 Jubilarians honored were present, along with several hundred family and friends. The Archbishop spoke warmly and with some humor about the mission and ministry of the honorees, noting that he hoped they would continue to be "co-workers in the Kingdom" for another 25 or more years. After the liturgy, a lovely reception for everyone present was held at St. Rita School cafeteria, where bountiful platters of canapés reflected the attention to fine food in New Orleans.
COLUMBUS, OH - On April 27, Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Linda Lorenz was presented with a 2013 Erskine Tower Award, an honor given annually by the St. Mary of the Springs Academy Alumnae Association to a graduate who "has lived her life 'the Mary Way,' as taught by the Sisters at St. Mary of the Springs Academy." An Academy graduate from the class of 1948, Sr. Mary Linda was given the award at the spring luncheon gathering of the Association, which also honored Margaret Fauth (Class of '48), and, post-humously, Harriet Bracken (Class of '37). Harriet's daughter, Mary Beth Dodd (Class of '60), accepted the award for her mother.
COLUMBUS, OH - Ohio Dominican University (ODU) honored the victims of the Boston Marathon tragedy at its first annual ODU Alumni Panther 5K Run and Walk, held April 20 on its main campus, located at 1216 Sunbury Rd, Columbus, 43219.
Prior to the race, a moment of silence was observed. Participants were also able to have their picture taken while holding a "Run for Boston" banner to show ODU's support for the city of Boston.
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.