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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.
LOUISVILLE, KY - Eight Dominican Sisters of Peace attended a workshop entitled "Leadership for Sustainable Religious Lands: Tilling a Future of Hope" at the Ursuline Campus in Louisville, KY. The workshop was organized by Dominican Sister of Peace Claire McGowan, OP, and explored the topic of the opportunities open to religious communities who own land. We spent a very energizing morning with presentations by Mary Berry of the Berry Institute and Christy Brown of the Louisville Festival of Faiths and a theological reflection on our ownership and use of our land. The afternoon was led by Joy Anderson and a team of volunteers from the Criterion Institute who introduced us to a financial imagination to pair with our theological imagination for stewarding the land. All of us left energized and challenged by the workshop. The Sisters who attended included Srs.
WATERFORD, MI - Beth Merlo has been named the new Director of Nursing at Lourdes Nursing Home, replacing the retired Mary Keyser, it was announced by Shela Myrick, administrator of the facility.
Beth came to Lourdes last July as a clinical manager after 15 years at Genesys Regional Medical Center in Grand Blanc, where she was a manager in the Emergency Room, and nurse manager in the Neuro Trauma Intensive Care/Progressive Respiratory Care Unit. A registered nurse, she specialized in trauma, stroke and orthopedics.
Before Genesys, Beth served at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital for more than 15 years in the Adult Intensive Care Unit, specializing in open heart, vascular, and stroke processes. The Warren native graduated from Oakland University with a BS in nursing. Beth and husband John have been married 30 years and have two children, daughter Blair and son Mark.
WATERFORD, MI - Lourdes Nursing Home has been named one of the nation's best care facilities by US News & World Report, it was announced Tuesday by the national magazine.
The data determining the honor for the 108-bed facility comes from Nursing Home Compare, a website operated by the Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The agency sets and enforces standards for nursing homes enrolled in Medicare or Medicaid. CMS also collects information from states and individual homes and assigns each home a rating of one to five stars in each of three categories: State-conducted health inspections; nursing and physical therapy staffing, and quality of medical care. Lourdes Nursing Home received five stars, the highest rating.