September 20, 2019, West Palm Beach, Florida – In response to the unimaginable devastation wrought on the Bahamas by Hurricane Dorian, the Rosarian Academy community has been making every effort it can to reach out to the survivors, both those staying on the island and refugees in West Palm Beach.
At the beginning of the crisis, the Rosarian community collected supplies for people of the Bahamas, delivered on September 9, 2019, to the areas of Marsh Harbor and Treasure Cay in a plane chartered by Christian Searcy, a friend of the school. The supplies were delivered through a coordinated effort with the Archdiocese of Nassau.
The Rosarian Academy community collected carloads of supplies for relief efforts after Hurricane Dorian.
The Rosarian community is now focusing on helping the Bahamians who have come to West Palm Beach, Florida, to begin a new life. “In response to the humanitarian crisis facing the Bahamas and aligned with our mission and beliefs to live out the Gospel values, we are opening seats in our classrooms (with availability) to Bahamian children who no longer have a school to attend,” wrote Linda Trethewey, Head of School, in a message sent to the school’s families. She invited the families to open their homes to the children and to contribute to the Student Scholarship Fund to help pay for the education of the Bahamian students.
To date, Rosarian Academy has already welcomed eight students from the Bahamas. Other students are visiting the school and going through the application process. The school is also discerning ways it can continue to reach out to the people of the Bahamas and the refugees in Florida as the crisis evolves.
Rosarian Academy was founded by and is sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters, which has had a long history with the Bahamas. In 1957, at the invitation of Bishop Paul Leonard Hagarty, OSB, five Adrian Dominican Sisters arrived in Nassau to open Aquinas College.
For information on the Student Scholarship Fund and on other ways to help Rosarian Academy in its relief efforts, contact the Advancement Office at 561-345-3109 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Palm Beach Civic Association Spotlight: Rosarian Bahamas Kids from Palm Beach Civic Association on Vimeo.
May 16, 2017, Wilmette, Illinois – Sister Nancy Murray, OP, known for her one-woman performances of the life of St. Catherine of Siena, received a fitting and unexpected honor for her Golden Jubilee. Regina Dominican High School – her alma mater and former scene of her ministry as a teacher and campus minister – named the stage in their newly renovated theater the S. Nancy Murray, OP, ’65 Stage.
The surprise revelation of the new stage – and a special tribute to Sister Nancy – took place May 1 after a dinner in her honor and in the middle of her own performance as St. Catherine of Siena.
“It was a big surprise,” Sister Nancy said in an interview back in Adrian, Michigan. “I didn’t know this was coming.”
About 400 people attended the event, which raised more than $100,000 for the school’s theater renovation and fine arts program. The program included dinner and a special presentation by Sister Ann Romayne Fallon, OP, who had been President of Regina Dominican when Sister Nancy was on the faculty.
“Students loved her, and why shouldn’t they?” Sister Ann Romayne noted. “Joy and excitement were two ingredients that were present in every class she taught.”
Sister Nancy’s performance of St. Catherine of Siena was interrupted by a special surprise: a performance of her favorite songs from “The Sound of Music” by a choir of Regina Dominican alumnae. She was taken backstage afterward for the final surprise: the naming of the new Sister Nancy Murray, OP, ’65 Stage.
“I looked out at the former students,” Sister Nancy recalled. “They were doctors and lawyers, special education teachers, social workers, a CPA, a judge, mothers who cared for their special needs children. This was such a great joy. This was over the top incredible. It was a step back in time that made us all move forward with great joy.”
Watch a video of the tribute to Sister Nancy.
Feature photo (above): Sister Ann Romayne Fallon, OP, former President of Regina Dominican High School, presents an award to Sister Nancy Murray, OP, still in costume as St. Catherine of Siena. | Photo Courtesy of Regina Dominican High School