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WATERFORD, MI – Lourdes Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, a facility of Lourdes Senior Community, has named Melissa Tarnowski its new Registered Dietician.
Melissa serves in a clinical role, meeting and frequently interacting with new and current residents and their families, assessing a resident’s medical history and present needs along with food preferences.
PAWNEE ROCK, KS - Heartland Farm, a founded ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, hosted a successful Bread & Jelly Workshop on November 16, with Sr. Imelda Schmidt (one of the three Sisters who helped found the ministry) as instructor. Eight participants from age 12 to late 60's attended and took home delicious bread and jelly, plus enjoyed an afternoon snack of fresh cinnamon rolls. The participants came from Wichita, Garden City, Sterling, Ellinwood and Great Bend, Kansas.
WATERFORD, MI – Lourdes Senior Community enjoys celebrating the precious gift of life, especially when residents reach the 100-year milestone. Four women have turned or are turning 100 in recent months, including two on the same day in the same building.
The first to reach the mark was Cecilia James, enjoying life for more than three years at Lourdes, first at the Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center and now in Clausen Manor. Born November 10, 1913, in Grand Rapids, Cecilia was the oldest of six children and moved to Detroit with her family at age 16. While still a teen, Cecilia became a maid and housekeeper for two of Detroit’s most prominent families – industrialist Walter Briggs and architect Albert Kahn.
NEW ORLEANS, LA - Col. Jo Ann Cotterman, OP, MSNA, RN, CRNA (Retired), Chair of the Board of Directors at Rosaryville Spirit Life Center, has been honored with the Saint Martin de Porres Award. Rosaryville is a sponsored ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Peace.
Given by the Southern Province of Dominican Friars, the recognition was awarded at their annual New Orleans Gala, held this year on November 14 at the U.S. Freedom Pavilion of The National World War II Museum in New Orleans. Col. Cotterman was one of nine U.S. Military Veterans to receive awards at the gala. Several Dominican Sisters of Peace from the area were present, and all were thrilled that Col. Cotterman was chosen as a recipient.
WATERFORD, MI – In a decision to better reflect services provided, Lourdes Nursing Home has changed its name to Lourdes Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center.
The new name highlights rehabilitation and short-term care, while not losing sight of the healthcare provided to residents who require nursing care on an ongoing basis. The term "nursing home" can be misunderstood that only long-term care is offered, although the reality is that the need for short-term rehabilitation care is increasing.
GREAT BEND, KS - Every year, a Mission Bazaar is held on the second Saturday of November at the Great Bend Motherhouse, with proceeds benefiting the ministries of the Dominican Sisters in Nigeria and the economic poor in Kansas and Colorado. For this year's event, held on November 9, the weather was perfect.
GUSAU, NIGERIA - October 25 through November 4, Srs.Margaret Ormond and Roberta Miller traveled to Africa to visit with "daughter congregation" the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena, founded from an initial mission from the Great Bend Dominicans in 1956. The purpose of the visit was three-fold: to visit with Dominican Sister of Peace missionary Sr. Rita Schwarzenberger, to witness the transfer of elected leadership in their community, and to oversee the final evaluation of a three-year grant.
ST. CATHARINE, KY - A collection of six pieces titled "These Thy Gifts," created by Louisville fiber artist Joanne Weis, is currently on display on the second floor of the Emily W. Hundley Library at St. Catharine College, a founded ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Peace. The collection, which explores the spiritual and ethical dimensions of sustainable food, debuted on October 24 with a reception and words from the artist.
Weis said the idea for the pieces came after reading an article about the beginning of the Berry Farming Program at St. Catharine College, which was formed through a partnership with the college and The Berry Center in New Castle, Kentucky. The work is inspired by the words of Kentucky author Wendell Berry.
GREAT BEND, KS - On the weekend of October 28-29, Heartland Center for Spirituality hosted 37 priests from the Salina Diocese and 10 priests from the Dodge City Diocese for the Salina Diocese Clergy Conference. Participants listened to Fr. Frank DeSiano, CP, speak about "The New Evangelization," giving practical tips on how to incorporate this into the life of their parishes. The two-day retreat ended with Eucharist celebrated in the Dominican Chapel of the Plains with Bishop John Brungardt presiding. At the end of the homily on the Letter to the Romans, the Bishop encouraged everyone to tell someone, "Jesus loves you more than you can ask or imagine."
AKRON, OH - On Friday, October 25, 2013, Our Lady of the Elms and the Dominican Sisters of Peace celebrated the school's 90th anniversary. The party was attended by more than 200 guests. including alumnae, donors, past and current parents, faculty, staff, Board of Trustees members and Dominican Sisters of Peace. Alumnae from all generations were represented including one member of the class of 1933 and most of the class of 1956.
The evening began with a beautiful prayer service lead by Sr. Therese Leckert. The service ended with the Dominican Sisters standing with their hands over the guests, singing a heartfelt blessing, which brought tears to many eyes.