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COLUMBUS, OH - Ohio Dominican University's (ODU's) Athletic Department has named Jim Strode, PhD, the recipient of the first annual Sister Charles Marie Brantl Most Influential Panther Award.
Dr. Strode is an assistant professor of Sport Management.
The University established the award in recognition of Sr. Charles Marie's contributions to the development and growth of its intercollegiate athletic programs. Sr. Charles Marie directed programs in Economics and Business at the University from 1965 to 1976. In 1997, she was inducted into the ODU Athletic Hall of Fame for her support of student-athletes and her insistence on their academic priorities.
PAWNEE ROCK, KS - Heartland Farm hosted FiberSpace, its first program offering for 2013, the weekend of January 18-19. There were seven participants, one observer, and seven staff that represented every decade except the teens; the youngest was seven, and the eldest in her 80s. What a fun group to be with and so engaging!
WATERFORD, MI - Lourdes Senior Community took on Oakwood Commons of the Detroit suburb of Dearborn in the Second Annual Snow Bowl, a Wii Bowling event January 11 at Fox Manor on the Lake. Janet Schloff of the Fox Strikers team takes aim at the screen in the realistic computerized game. Lourdes had won the initial Snow Bowl in 2012, but Oakwood Commons rolled to the title this year. The event began with a soup and bread lunch for the bowlers and Fox Manor community, followed by games running simultaneously on two screens. The Fox Strikers take this competition seriously. Each bowler has a uniform shirt, and the team is cheered on by resident pom-pon girls. The bowlers also travel to other sites for competition.
WATERFORD, MI - The second annual "Snow Bowl" of Wii bowling is ready to roll at noon this Friday, January 11, at Fox Manor on the Lake at Lourdes Senior Community, 2300 Watkins Lake Road in Waterford, pitting teams from Fox Manor, the Waterford Senior Center and Oakwood Commons in Dearborn.
The event begins with a "Good Luck" soup lunch for the bowlers and Fox Manor community, followed by four games running simultaneously.
The Fox Manor squad takes this competition seriously. Each bowler has a uniform shirt, and the team is cheered on by resident pom-pom girls. The bowlers also travel to other sites for competition.
WATERFORD, MI - Late last year, employees of Lourdes Senior Community in Waterford, MI, were asked to nominate organizations to support with fundraising efforts in 2013. The organization chosen is Lighthouse of Oakland County, Inc., nominated by Patty Phillips, who works at Lourdes Nursing Home and will coordinate programs and projects throughout the year to help support this outstanding community organization.
BOSTON, MA - On Saturday, January 6, a group of Dominican Sisters of Peace, Sisters from other congregations in the Boston area, and laity gathered at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse in Brighton, MA, to attend a prayer service for an end to human trafficking. The annual prayer service is sponsored by the Anti-Trafficking Coalition of the LCWR (Leadership Conference of Women Religious) Boston Unit. All were reminded that an estimated 27 million women, men, and children are victims of human trafficking.
Following the prayer service, some remained in the chapel and others went outside to hold banners with the words "STOP HUMAN TRAFFICKING." Many persons who witnessed the banners as they drove by the Motherhouse acknowledged support by honking their horns and waving. It was a very moving experience.
COLUMBUS, OH - On Saturday, January 5, several of the Columbus area Sisters and staff attended a "Three Kings" celebration and information session sponsored by the Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) Peace and Nonviolence Grant. More than 200 Hispanic residents of the Stelzer Road/E. 5th Avenue trailer park community were in attendance. This project began a collaborative partnership with the Dominican Sisters of Peace, City of Columbus Community Relations Commission, and Villelomby Consultants, who are helping the residents build peaceful and nonviolent lives with a focus on resident identified problem areas.
GREAT BEND, KS - On New Year's Eve Day, the Dominican Sisters of Peace at the Great Bend Motherhouse held a Homecoming Day, which included a parade commemorating the experience of about 40 of our Sisters who have served or visited in Nigeria. The Sisters dressed in Nigerian cloth/dresses/wrappers and Srs. Imelda Schmidt and Terry Wasinger explained each outfit - whether the cloth was tie-dyed, printed, decorated with machine stitching by the Dominican Fathers and Brothers of Nigera, made using a wax design before coloring, hand woven in strips which were then sewed together, etc. Some Sisters chose purses, handbags, head wraps, jewelry, masks, etc. After each individual was highlighted by Srs. Imelda and Terry, all of the participants paraded around the dining room in a Nigerian fashion show!
WATERFORD, MI - Residents and staff of Lourdes Senior Community collected toys for needy children through the Marine Corps' Toys for Tots initiative. Joining Santa at the Fox Manor on the Lake independent living facility after separating the toys for distribution to various agencies are (from left) Donna Angeli, Fern Walch, Donna Kadau, and Helen Suchara.
COLUMBUS, OH - On Saturday, December 15, the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine de' Ricci officially became members the Dominican Sisters of Peace at a ceremony held in Columbus, Ohio, and webcasted to viewers throughout the world.
During the ceremony, the de' Ricci sisters reaffirmed their vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience as Dominican Sisters of Peace and received Dominican Sisters of Peace symbols. A presentation of a "treasure box" by outgoing de' Ricci President Sr. Anne Lythgoe to Dominican Sisters of Peace Prioress Sr. Margaret Ormond symbolized the gifts the de’ Ricci Sisters bring to the Dominican Sisters of Peace.