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.
COLUMBUS, OH - On October 18-19 the Dominican Sisters of Peace Leadership Team met at Ohio Dominican University with the leaders and board chairs of our three colleges and four K-12 schools. The purpose of the meeting was to reflect on the role as leaders of an education institution sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Peace. Thursday evening after dinner, Prioress Sr. Margaret Ormond, OP, addressed the group and challenged these leaders to consider their responsibilities in light of our Mission to Preach, Build, and Be Peace through our lives and work.
WATERFORD, MI - Fox Manor on the Lake, the independent living facility at Lourdes Senior Community, hosted Waterford firefighters and emergency medical service personnel for Heroes Breakfasts October 23, 24, and 25, greeting a different group each day. Enjoying breakfast and conversation with Donna Kadau (center) and Miriam Best are firefighters Steve Bridger (left) and Kevin Fletcher. It was the first such event held by the Lourdes staff and residents as a tribute to those who serve and protect.
WATERFORD, MI - Lourdes Senior Community of Waterford has a "Through Their Eyes" photography project under way for residents of the nursing home and their families in taking photos that capture life at Lourdes. The project culminates Thursday, November 29, when the photos will be exhibited at the nursing home.
Participating families have been provided with cameras they share with loved ones who have varying degrees of dementia. Residents, assisted when necessary by family members, need only to be able to hold a camera, look through the viewfinder and snap a photo.
LIEBENTHAL, KS - St.Joseph's Church, Liebenthal, joined approximately 6,000 other rallies across the country on Saturday, October 13, commemorating the miracle of the sun at Fatima in 1917. Our Lady requested at Fatima that we pray the rosary for peace and the conversion of Russia. We also are urged to pray the rosary for our country. America is at a historic crossroad; secularists are trying to push God from the public square and reject His beneficial action upon society. But without God, where will our leaders get the wisdom they need to solve our country's problems and be a world leader in peace and goodwill for mankind? St.
JAMAICA - Dominican Sister of Peace Gene Poore, OP, reports that the Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) funded Jamaica Outreach Collaborative project provided much needed medical treatment for the poor living in the landfill of West Kingston. CHI's investment empowered community organizer Junior Rowe to plan and implement the Riverton Health Fair on October 9 and 10, where more than 285 people were treated for a variety of health issues. During the first day of the event, seven doctors, five doctor's assistants, and three nurses treated 85 children and 70 adults. The need was so great that health professionals returned a second day and treated an additional 70 children and 60 adults. Sadly, even with the addition of an extra day people were still turned away.
PAWNEE ROCK, KS - Heartland Farm's Open Farm Day Harvest Festival was a success despite the cold, blustery, and drizzling day. About 75 folks braved the inclement weather to join us in celebrating the fruits of the Earth. An added attraction this year were the four vendors: a display of honey and the gear needed to be beekeepers; a Scottish Highland steer named Cubie and its owners providing samples of grass-fed beef coming from these animals; a display of information about raising Scottish Highland steers and a "decorated for Halloween" corner of straw bales that can be used for decorating, insulation and mulching.
NEW HAVEN, CT - The Albertus Magnus College community celebrated the first Founders' Day on Friday, September 21, 2012. The community attendance included board members, administration, faculty, staff, students, alumni, city officials, neighboring friends, and Dominican Sisters and Associates of Peace.
Highlights of the day included the Candlelight Ceremony at which the seniors welcome the new students; an all College picnic; a celebration of the 30th anniversary of Dr. Julia McNamara as President of the College; a presentation on the heritage of the College given by Sr. Margaret Ormond, OP; the dedication of the Presidential pictures; and the presentation of the Veritas Award to the Dominican Sisters of Peace.
AKRON, OH - Christina Graziano, a senior at Our Lady of the Elms, has been named a National Merit Scholar Semifinalist. Seniors Chloe Hillard and Noelle Colant are Commended Scholars. These girls represent 10 percent of the senior class. The National Merit Scholarship Program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and encourage the pursuit of academic excellence.
Ruth Friedman, Interim Principal of Our Lady of the Elms High School, says, "We are very proud of our girls for their accomplishments. Not only are they excellent scholars, they are well-rounded individuals."
COLUMBUS, OH - Ohio Dominican University (ODU) congratulates teacher, and current student, Carole Morbitzer for receiving the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). She is also the 2013 Ohio Teacher of the Year.
Morbitzer is enrolled in the Master of Education in Educational Leadership with Principal Licensure program at ODU. She's been a teacher for 17 years. Morbitzer has taught mathematics at Hamilton Township High School in the Hamilton Local School district in Columbus for six years. She also chairs the school's Mathematic Department. Previously, she taught at Reynoldsburg High School for 11 years.
COLUMBUS, OH - Ohio Dominican University (ODU) is excited to welcome Mark Cooper as the University's new Vice President for Marketing and Public Relations.
Cooper brings nearly two decades of experience in higher education to ODU. He most recently held the position of Senior Director for Marketing and Communications at Ohio Wesleyan University. He also has served as Associate Vice President for Public Relations and Marketing, Assistant to the President, Director of Marketin,g and Associate Director for Media Relations at Capital University.