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October 13, 2015, West Palm Beach, Florida – A rainbow of color blanketed Rosarian Academy’s campus on Friday, October 9, 2015, as students ended the celebration of “Rosarian Week” with a Mission Day, or Field Day.  

Purple Team members (from left) Lauren Bartl, Lily Cook, Frances Melendez, and Daisy Cook proudly hold the first-place trophy for winning Field Day.

Clad wildly from head to toe in their team colors – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, pink, purple, black and white – fifth- through eighth-grade students competed in athletic events, such as: relay races, basketball, volleyball, dance, capture the flag, hula hoop, and bocce ball. This year, the Purple Team took first place with 175 points, just three points ahead of the Green Team’s 172-point finish. Following close behind, Red finished with 170 points and Orange with 169 points. Watch the announcement of the 2015 winners. 

Although the teams competed to showcase the first place trophy in their team leader’s classroom, the focus of Field Day was on good sportsmanship – being “athletes of Christ,” like St. Dominic. 

Members of the Purple Team and eighth graders, Lily and Daisy Cook, have attended Rosarian since the toddler program and shared what it meant to them to win Field Day. “Winning first place in this Rosarian Mission Day/Field Day means so much to us,” Lily said. “We are so proud of the Purple Team and all the teams that participated.” Watch their interview

Daisy added, “Every single one of the teams did an amazing job, and I am proud of the entire eighth-grade class for supporting all of their teams and doing such a good job.”

Field Day is also known as Mission Day as money is raised to support “missions” of the Adrian Dominican Sisters. This year, two missions are being supported. Over $1,700 was raised and will be donated to the Adrian Rea Literacy Center. Located on the Adrian Dominican Motherhouse Campus, the literacy center assists adults to become more self-sufficient and confident as they acquire skills in reading, writing, and basic math. 

In addition to raising funds, Field Day participants brought in more than 160 cans of food to donate to St. Ann Place  in honor of St. Ann School’s Athletic Director Ray Cheron, who recently passed away after being a part of their school family for the past 14 years. St. Ann Place is the Church’s outreach center for services to homeless women and men.

Students (from left) Lily Guari (5th), Grace Colangelo (6th), and Margo Smith (6th) high five the Lower School students who sit on the sidelines to watch Middle School Field Day.
As an annual tradition, Rosarian spends the first full week of October each year celebrating its service, faith, community, spirit, and mission – all of which have been a part of the history of Palm Beach County for 90 years. This year, Rosarian Week took place October 5-9, with Monday as Service Day, Tuesday Spirit Day, Wednesday Faith Day, Thursday Community Day, and Friday Mission Day/Field Day. 

Rosarian Week 2015 was a significant time for the Rosarian community as the school celebrates 90 years of providing “A Foundation for Life. A Tradition of Excellence.” 

Rosarian Academy, founded in 1925, educates students from early childhood through eighth grade and offers an exceptionally strong academic program, enriched by athletics, visual and performing arts, and community service opportunities. The independent, Catholic school is located in downtown West Palm Beach and is sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters. For more information, visit www.rosarian.org or call 561-832-5131.

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October 12, 2015, Orlando, Florida – Sister Patricia Siemen, OP, founder of the Center for Earth Jurisprudence, gave a live television interview on Pope Francis’ most recent encyclical, Laudato Sí. In the interview, Sister Pat speaks of the Pope’s concern about global warming and his special emphasis on developing a relationship with all of Earth’s community – human and non-human – as well as concern for the poor, who are most affected by global climate change. 

Sister Pat will be in Adrian on Thursday, October 15, speaking during the afternoon session on the Paris climate change talks scheduled for December 2015. Her session will be part of a day of education on issues surrounding Care for the Earth, held in the Common Room of Weber Retreat and Conference Center at the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ Motherhouse Campus. The event is free and open to the public; please register by Wednesday, October 14, 2015, by emailing knolan@adriandominicans.org or by calling 517-266-3403.

Watch the interview

Feature photo: Sister Patricia Siemen, OP, right, at the first Global Summit for the Rights of Nature, held in Ecuador in January 2014.



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