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DODGE CITY, KS - For the third year, the Dodge City Knights of Columbus have held a breakfast benefitting the Dominican Sisters of Peace. The breakfast is just one way the K of C shows its appreciation for the Dominican Sisters who have taught in the schools, worked in health care, built hospitals, started social services, held positions in the Chancery 0ffice, were parish ministers, and served in other ways within the Diocese. The Dominican Sisters of Peace Great Bend location is the only Motherhouse in the Diocese of Dodge City. The Knights donated more than $1,200 from this year's breakfast to the congregation; 11 Dominican Sisters of Peace were present.
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.
GRAND ISLAND, NE - Dominican Sisters of Peace Jane Belanger, Jean Goering, Marilyn Pierson, and Terry Wasinger traveled to Grand Island, Nebraska, on Thursday, April 18, to attend the only public hearing by the US State Department on the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline proposal to be built, owned, and run by Trans-Canada, a Canadian company.
More than 1,200 persons attended from Nebraska, Kansas, and elsewhere, and more than 175 individuals representing both sides of the debate made comments for and against the proposed pipeline. We estimate that 80-85% of the speakers were against building the pipeline and about 15-20% spoke in favor of it.
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.