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Adrian Dominican Congregation Receives Four Awards from Catholic Press Association

June 26, 2018, Green Bay, Wisconsin – The Adrian Dominican Congregation received four awards from the Catholic Press Association for videos, website content, the 2016-2017 Annual Report, and its Christmas 2017 social media campaign.

The awards were announced at a Catholic Press Awards Banquet June 15, 2018, at the end of the Catholic Media Conference, “Touchdown in TitleTown,” held June 12-15 in the KI Conference Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The awards earned were the result of collaboration over the past year among the offices of Communications, Development, Technology, and Vocations.

The Adrian Dominican Sisters received the following awards:

  • "Preach with Your Life," a series of videos produced as vocations outreach, won second place for Best Freestanding Presentation of Online Video: Depiction of Religious Life. First place went to the Catholic News Service. Recognized for this project were Sisters Lorraine Réaume, OP, and Sara Fairbanks, OP, of Formation and Vocations; Scott Miller, of Technology; and Ashley LaVigne, Angela Kessler, and Sheila Wathen, of Communications.

  • Hope,” a prolonged social media Christmas fundraising appeal, which ran from November 28, 2017, through December 29, 2017, took second place for Best Social Media Campaign. The HOPE Campaign consisted of a series of five videos, which were posted on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube and sent to donors in a series of emails. “This campaign uses compelling videos with a consistent brand experience,” the judges commented. “It is no surprise that last year’s fundraising achievements were exceeded!” Co-workers involved in this appeal included Scott Miller, Technology; Amy Palmer, Development; and Ashley LaVigne, Angela Kessler, Sheila Wathen, and Jessica Havens, Communications.

  • Counting our Blessings,” the 2016-2017 Annual Report for the Adrian Dominican Congregation, received honorable mention in the category of Best Annual Report for a Catholic Nonprofit Organization. Among those involved in producing the Annual Report were Amy Palmer, Development, and Angela Kessler, Sister Barbara Kelley, OP, and Jessica Havens, Communications.

  • A selection of five “What’s Happening” news articles, written by Sister Barbara Kelley, OP, and published on the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ website from September to November 2017 received honorable mention for Best Online Content Not Published in Print: Written Content. The articles entered were  “Sister Barbara Cervenka, OP, Paints 1,000 Cranes for Iraq”; “Aftermath of Shooting Brings Trauma and Support to Hospital Community”; “Former Adrian Dominican Sisters Continue to Influence the World”; “Literacy Center Volunteer Helps Distribute More than 12,000 Books to Flint Children”; and “Adrian Dominicans Inspired by Beatification of Solanus Casey.”

Weber Retreat and Conference Center Launches New, Interactive Website

May 11, 2018, Adrian, Michigan – Checking out retreats and workshops, registering online for a program, and purchasing a gift from the Weber Shop have all just gotten easier with Weber Retreat and Conference Center’s new website, webercenter.org.

“I am so excited that we have launched a new Weber Center website,” said Sister Janet Doyle, OP, Director of Weber Center. “In addition to having a beautiful new design, the site has many new features, including a virtual tour, the ability to purchase some Weber Center Shop items online, and easy program registration.”

Nonprofit groups that want to rent space at Weber Center for special events can find the information they need and begin the process to reserve space through the website. Groups wanting to see the facilities can see the offered amenities: conference rooms, auditorium, private bedrooms with baths, and outdoor areas. 

The website project was coordinated by Sheila Wathen, Assistant Director of Communications for the Adrian Dominican Sisters, with technical work completed by Vangie Bazán and Susan E. Klein of Sister Creek Studios in San Antonio, Texas.

A ministry of the Adrian Dominican Sisters since 1970, Weber Retreat and Conference Center is rooted in the Dominican foundations of study, prayer, community, and ministry. It is a place for people of all faiths to experience world-class programming and to enjoy quiet places for individual prayer, meditation, and contemplation, and for nonprofit organizations to host their programs.

For more information, visit the website or call 517-266-4000.


 

 

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