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By Cara Hansen

October 25, 2016, West Palm Beach, Florida – To meet the needs of parents, Rosarian Academy has expanded its Early Childhood program offerings to include three-day and four-day program options for children ages 12 months to 4 years old. The growing and popular Montessori pre-school, conveniently located to downtown West Palm Beach, now allows parents to choose three, four or five half days or full days. 

Children’s House teacher Devin Andersen helps a student water the flowers in the classroom garden.

Rosarian’s Early Childhood program comprises the Junior Toddler House (up to 24 months), Toddler House (ages 2 to 3 years) and Children’s House (ages 3 to 5 years). 

The program strictly follows the Montessori curriculum. The classrooms provide a caring, individualized, and structured learning environment. The school’s highly trained Montessori-certified teachers lead their students through challenging lessons that develop concentration, independence, and sense of self. Emphasis is placed on developing a love of learning through hands-on Montessori lessons, investigation, and discovery. 

The Children’s House curriculum is enriched with co-curricular classes in physical education, art, music, library, Spanish, and gardening. Extra-curricular offerings include Strings Chamber Orchestra, karate, and dance.

A Toddler House student works independently on the Montessori practical life lesson of pouring water.

Rosarian Academy is hosting an open house on Wednesday, November 30, at 9:00 a.m. Visitors have the opportunity to tour the campus, meet the administration and faculty members, and witness students joyfully engaged in the learning process. Register for the Open House online at www.rosarian.org/open-house  or call 561-345-3106 to schedule a personal tour.

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 561-345-3106.

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October 19, 2016, Seattle, Washington – If you had the opportunity to ask a Catholic Sister about anything you wanted, most likely you would ask her about her faith or the Catholic Church. But when 710 KIRO radio talk show host Dori Monson speaks to Sister Cele Gorman, OP, he asks a quite different question:

Who do you think will win the professional football games this weekend? 

For the past 21 years, Sister Cele and Sister Kath Silverthorn, a Sister of St. Joseph of Peace, have been forecasting the results of National Football League games each week during the Fall as part of the Dori Monson Show.

“I’ve always been a fan,” Sister Cele said. “I used to watch football in high school, and then when the Seattle Seahawks started, that added to my interest.”

Her love for football answered the call when radio talk show host Dori Monson decided to take a different approach to his treatment of football games. Rather than speaking to coaches, he decided to speak to people that were seen as unlikely commentators on the sport: Catholic Sisters. 

The Archdiocese of Seattle referred him to a Sister who was not an expert on football, but who knew of Sister Cele’s and Sister Kath’s love for the sport. 

“I had never met Sister Kath,” Sister Cele said. But when Dori spoke to them and offered them the opportunity to make predictions about upcoming football games, “we talked about it and thought it would be fun to do.”

The procedure is simple. Each week, on Wednesday or Thursday, Sisters Cele and Kath receive an email from Dori, listing four NFL games coming up that weekend and asking them to choose the winners of each. Sister Cele does some research on the teams and makes her predictions. 

“A couple of times we go into the station to do the show, but most of the time he calls and pre-records our conversation, and it’s on later in the day,” around 2:50 p.m., she explained. “He’ll give the games and we’ll tell why we think a particular team will win.” 

The radio broadcast is not only about the competition among the football teams, but also among the three forecasters: Dori and the two Sisters. “Each week, he [Dori] starts out by saying something like, ‘Sister Kath is three games ahead.’ It’s a real back and forth with the three of us, and I would guess we’re probably pretty competitive, too.”

Sister Cele said she has continued to be involved in the program for all these years because of her love for football – but also because of the opportunity to help listeners to understand Sisters a little better. The program “lets listeners know that Sisters are ordinary people who have a variety of different interests – and who enjoy sports,” she said.

The short, weekly broadcast has become very popular in the Seattle area, and the two Sisters have become local celebrities in their own right. During her full-time ministry as coordinator of Assumption Convent Assisted Living, Sister Cele often meets strangers – firefighters who check the facility or physical therapists who come to serve one of the Sisters – who recognize her name from the program. “When I introduce myself, they say, ‘Oh, are you the one on the radio program?’ That’s very funny – I never know when that’s going to happen.”

Sister Cele has a ready answer to a final interview question – who will win the Super Bowl this year?

The Seattle Seahawks – of course! 

Listen to a podcast of the Dori Monson Show.



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