October 13, 2015, Adrian, Michigan – Long seen as symbols of peace, folded cranes have taken on a new meaning in recent months: the strong connection between the people of Iraq persecuted by ISIS and people of North America concerned for the safety and well-being of the Iraqi refugees.
Coinciding with the August 6, 2015 one-year anniversary of the flight of Dominican Sisters of Iraq, their families, and other Christian and minority Iraqis, Adrian Dominican artists launched a website, www.1000cranesforiraq.org, featuring cranes created by the artists to support the refugee relief efforts of the Iraqi Dominican Sisters. Cranes are still available for adoption with a $100 donation made through the website.
Since January, Sister Barbara Cervenka, OP, has been creating one oil painting per day depicting a folded crane; she intends to paint 1,000 folded cranes. Sister Janet Wright has created water color paintings of actual cranes, and Sister Sue Schreiber has taken photographs of people with the folded cranes.
To date, about 106 cranes have been purchased. The project has spawned a great deal of creativity, as well as support and concern for the Iraqi refugees. The cranes have been purchased in memory or in honor of loved ones; for organizations such as parishes, Bible study groups, and Adrian Dominican Mission Councils; and in recognition of weddings and other special events.
To make a donation and select your crane, visit the 1,000 Cranes for Iraq website.
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.
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.
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.