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.
NEW ORLEANS, LA - On good Friday, nine Dominican Sisters and Associates of Peace participated in the 30th Annual Way of the Cross/Way of Justice, which took place in the Central Business District of New Orleans, LA. Our event transforms the traditional ritual by relating the Stations of the Cross to the suffering and oppression of God's people (the Body of Christ) in our time and place.
WATERFORD, MI - Numerous renovations and other improvements to campus buildings are helping Lourdes Senior Community remain a premier residence for independent and assisted living, along with nursing and memory care.
Fox Manor on the Lake Independent Living has benefited from numerous renovations in the dining area: new flooring, tables and chairs, silverware and glasses, window treatments with shades and valances, French entry doors, and a remodeled chapel that also features French doors, plus artwork and fresh paint on the walls. In addition, grants have provided outdoor bird feeders and flower planters.
ST. CATHARINE, KY - This year's St. Catharine College Appreciation Luncheon was held in the St. Catharine College dining room on March 25, 2013. During this annual celebration, to which all Dominican Sisters of Peace are invited, St. Catharine College President William Huston and his staff recognize local Sisters who are commemorating Jubilees (or milestone anniversaries of profession) during the year. This year, they honored in a special way 13 Jubilarians who reside at the St. Catharine Motherhouse or Sansbury Care Center. All enjoyed the event that has become a St. Catherine tradition. Pictured: Sr. Agnes Conway receives a gift from Dr. Huston for her 75 years of faithful service.
GREAT BEND, KS - Last evening [March 18] Rabbi Moti Rieber, director of Kansas Interfaith Power and Light, based in Lawrence, Kansas, came to the Dominican Sisters of Peace Great Bend Motherhouse to present a program called "Caring for Creation: Faith-Based Environmental Activism and the Challenges We Face." Rabbi Moti's one hour presentation focused on the environmental challenges that face us and what we, as church members and citizens in Barton, Rush, and Pawnee counties of Kansas, can do to address these complicated and difficult issues. Kansas Interfaith Power and Light seeks to engage Christian churches and other faith communities in environmental stewardship and sustainable practices through the promotion of energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy.
On March 16, Dominican Sisters and Associates of Peace took part in two events for SOAP (Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution), a project that addresses human trafficking by alerting victims to resource help lines.
WATERFORD, MI - Residents of Fox Manor on the Lake at Lourdes Senior Community are revved up every other Thursday for Drums Alive!, a dance and exercise program in the independent living building at 2350 Watkins Lake Road. The next sessions are March 21 and April 4 at 1:30pm.
Residents experience therapy by combining drumming on large exercise balls with other physical movements to increase energy levels and improve health while enjoying various types of music. The sessions are led by Pam Teimorzadeh from SydFit in Rochester Hills.
This program, scheduled to take place every two weeks, was made possible when Lourdes received a $2,000 minigrant from the Brooksie Way program that supports health and fitness in Oakland County. Lourdes had applied for the grant in cooperation with the Waterford Parks and Recreation Department.
MEMPHIS, TN - Students at St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School made wishes come true for one little girl when they surprised her with a trip to Disney World during a special wish granting ceremony.
Nine-year-old Keyona thought she was going to St. Agnes-St. Dominic to participate in the game show Wheel of Fortune as a fundraiser for Make-A-Wish. When she and her family arrived she was welcomed by students dressed as Disney characters. As Keyona competed in the Disney-themed Wheel of Fortune game, her wish was revealed, and she was showered with gifts for her trip.
WATERFORD, MI - Residents of Fox Manor on the Lake in the Lourdes Senior Community aren't waiting for the snow to thaw before going on bike rides. Fox resident Helen Suchara scooted around the facility recently on one of two bikes that were purchased through the Lourdes St. Rose of Lima Grant.
In 2007, the Lourdes Board of Directors established the grant that has grown to $20,000. Non-management staff can submit requests up to $2,000 for materials or efforts that enhance quality of life and/or an educational program. The grant is named in honor of St. Rose of Lima (1586-1617), patron saint of the Dominican Sisters of Oxford.
MEMPHIS, TN - In the area of responsible energy use, St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School is leading by example and honoring the memory of a St. Dominic alumnus. The week of March 11, Buckman Hall will be converted to a life-sized science lab as 72 solar panels will be installed on the roof. The result will be energy savings for the School, energy conservation for the environment, and learning opportunities for students.
The solar project honors the memory of Ryan Edwards, St. Dominic Class of 2003. Ryan is the son of Scott and Margaret Edwards. His sister Maggie is a junior at SAA, and his brother Taylor graduated from St. Dominic in 2009.
AKRON, OH - The celebration of Diversity Week at Our Lady of the Elms High School and Middle School took place the week of March 4. On Monday, the entire school Skyped with Sr. Rudo and 30 of her students in Zimbabwe. For about 25 minutes the students in both schools exchanged information with one another. Some of the things covered were - how long is your school day and year, what kind of sports do you have, what is your mascot and so forth. The question which caused the most laughter from the students in Zimbabwe was, "How do you meet boys?’" Everyone was excited that we were able to connect with a Dominican school in Africa. The students witnessed the connection with one another when they talked about "our motto," and the four pillars of Dominican life.