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AKRON, OH - On Monday, December 10, Bishop Richard Lennon of the Diocese of Cleveland celebrated Mass with Our Lady of the Elms School in honor of the National Blue Ribbon Award earned by the Elms Elementary school. All students, from Pre-K through high school were joined by faculty, staff, parents, and the Dominican Sisters of Peace in the Our Lady of the Elms Ann Amer Brennan Theater. Special guests for Mass included Sr. Margaret Ormond, OP, Prioress of the Dominican Sisters of Peace; Sr. Therese Leckert, OP, Dominican Sisters of Peace Leadership Councilor; Sr. Maria Ciriello, OP, Dominican Sisters of Peace Founded Ministries Board Director; Margaret Lyons, Cleveland Diocese Superintendent of Schools; and Michelle Kroll, Assistant Superintendent for the Diocese of Cleveland.
DETROIT, MICHIGAN - Two employees of St. Mary's Retreat Center, a sponsored ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, were confirmed on Sunday, November 25. Ramona and Roxanne Bartley were confirmed at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament (Detroit, Michigan) with Dominican Sisters of Peace Gene Poore and Teresita Lipar as their sponsors.
OXFORD, MICHIGAN - The Dominican Sisters at the Oxford Motherhouse recently welcomed the Confirmation class of 90 seventh- and eighth-graders and their parents from the local St. Joseph Parish. A video of Candidate Anne Knight's reception was shown and presentations on the topic of "Vocation" were given by Srs. Audrey Rash, Martina Stegman, Teresita Lipar,and Mary Deane. A tour of the Motherhouse was given, followed by a reception in the dining room. The Sisters greatly enjoyed hosting the event for this lovely group from the parish!
COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio Dominican University (ODU) will hold its 98th commencement exercise at 11am on Saturday, December 15. Approximately 200 students will have degrees conferred upon them as they are joined by hundreds of family and friends in Alumni Hall.
Michael Curtin, former president, Chief Operating Officer, and Vice Chairman of the Dispatch Printing Company, and Ohio representative-elect, will deliver the commencement address.
In November 2012, Curtin, was elected as a Democrat to represent Ohio's 17the District in the Ohio House of Representatives.
From November 16-18, 2012, thousands of human rights activists, torture survivors, anti-war veterans, students, families, union workers, nuns, artists, and others converged at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia, for the annual Vigil to call for an end to U.S. militarization of the Americas, and for the closure of the School of the Americas (SOA/ WHINSEC). Below is a reflection by Dominican of Peace Associate Jerry Stein, OPA, on his experience this year.
MEMPHIS, TN - St. Agnes Academy is the winner of the AF Bridges State Award of Excellence presented by the TSSAA (Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association). This is the highest award that can be bestowed upon a school to honor its overall efforts to promote citizenship and sportsmanship at school and at athletic contests. Only three schools throughout the state, representing each grand division, received this honor.
Additionally, St. Agnes Academy will receive a $1,000 toward a scholarship to recognize an outstanding student athlete who represents the essence of good sportsmanship.
WATERFORD, MI - Nine students ages 9 to 14 from Waterford and White Lake accepted a challenge called Senior Solutions and invented a robot illustrating how seniors can cope with mobility issues, along with an "Awesome Gripper Gadget" to assist them in holding such things as utensils and brushes. The First Lego League is an international robotics program designed to get young people excited about science and technology while using a Lego Mindstorm Robot Set. Throughout the year, teams are presented with problems and asked to create innovative solutions.
HONDURAS - On Saturday, November 10, the Dominican Family of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, received a surprise visit from Fr. Bruno Cadore, OP, Master General of the Dominican Order. He was visiting Central America accompanied by Fr. Javier Pose, OP, Socius of the Master General for Latin America and the Caribbean and President of the Latin American Conference of Dominicans (CIDALC).
Fr. Bruno listened to us as we spoke of our Dominican ministries, and he challenged us to "let the fire of the Holy Spirit enter you and change you. And then, everything else will follow."
In an effort to focus the political debate on the importance of fair and comprehensive immigration reform, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious Region 6 leadership members approved placing immigration billboards in cities throughout Ohio and Kentucky; religious congregations in the Midwest also sponsored similar billboards in Iowa during the republican primaries. Placing immigration billboards in these two states reminds us not to leave immigration out of political discussions. Following an article that appeared in the Columbus Dispatch, the associated press has picked up on this story, and the BBC has also provided coverage. Click here for a listing of billboard locations.
BOSTON, MA - Congratulations to Sr. Mary Jude Waters, OP, who will receive the Bishop Cheverus Medal on November 18 during Solemn Vesper Service at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston, MA.
This award was initiated in 2008 to commemorate the Bicentennial Anniversary of the Boston Archdiocese. It is gilven for exemplary service to advance Christ's mission. Sr. Mary Jude has served the Church in the Archdiocese as a secondary math and science teacher, elementary education team member, director of School Planning, and presently administrative assistant to the Rector of Blessed John XXIII National Seminary.