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Adrian Dominicans Open Doors to Neighbors During National Catholic Sisters Week

March 14, 2016, Adrian, Michigan – The Adrian Dominican Sisters opened their doors to Lenawee County community members, donors, Co-workers and their families, staff members of Siena Heights University, and other interested guests March 9. An Evening with the Adrian Dominican Sisters, a special event for National Catholic Sisters Week, gave Sisters, Associates, Co-workers and guests a unique opportunity to get to know one another. 

Sister Attracta Kelly, OP, Prioress of the Congregation, welcomes open house guests.

In her opening address early in the evening, Sister Attracta Kelly, OP, Prioress of the Congregation, presented a brief history and background of the Adrian Dominican Congregation. She also emphasized the special relationship the Congregation has to their local neighbors. 

“While we as Adrian Dominican Sisters value relationships and collaboration with people across the globe, since 1884 we have known and been part of Lenawee County,” Sister Attracta noted. “We are proud to call Lenawee County and the City of Adrian home.” In turn, she invited her guests to feel at home on the campus of the Congregation’s Motherhouse. “You are welcome to join us at any time,” she said. Our doors are open. We have no gates, so feel free please to come and join us at any time.”

Adrian Mayor Jim Berryman presented a proclamation for National Catholic Sisters Week, reiterating the strong relationship between the Adrian Dominican Sisters and their home town, Adrian, Michigan. “Adrian and the Dominican Sisters have a 137-year history together,” Mayor Berryman noted. “The City of Adrian is a stronger community because of the Dominican Sisters.”

Sara Bingham, left, of WLEN Radio, interviews Sister Carleen Maly, OP, Director of the Adrian Rea Literacy Center.

Before the two-hour event began, Sara Bingham, of WLEN Radio, offered a remote broadcast from the Adrian Room of Madden Hall, where the refreshments and information tables were set up. She invited community members to attend the open house and conducted brief interviews with a number of representatives of Adrian Dominican programs: Sister Lorraine Réaume, OP, Formation Director; Sister Maria Goretti Browne, OP, on the Sisters; Associate Arlene Bachanov on the Congregation’s history; Erin Dress, Human Resources Director, on employment opportunities; Sister Peg O’Flynn, OP, on Weber Center; Sister Carleen Maly, OP, on the Adrian Rea Literacy Center; Jennifer Hunter and Ashley LaVigne on the campus; Sister Carol Coston, OP, on permaculture; and Amy Palmer on development.

Guests stroll through the first-floor corridor of Madden Hall during a guided tour of the Motherhouse.

Throughout the evening, guests were invited to meet the Sisters and learn about their lives, browse the various information tables, take part in a guided tour of the Motherhouse, and enjoy refreshments and companionship with others.

An Evening with the Adrian Dominican Sisters was funded by a grant from National Catholic Sisters Week to enable local community members to come to know the Congregation and the presence of the Adrian Dominican Sisters and Associates among them. Held March 8-14 every year, the week gives people throughout the United States the opportunity to become more aware of Catholic Sisters and the role they play in Church and in society.

Read a related article by Lonnie Huhman in the Daily Telegram.

Traditional Rosarian Week Ends with a Mission Day Filled with Spirit

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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