LiveWell, Finney County, KS, Establishes Sister Janice Thome Award

Dominican Sister of Peace Janice Thome Presented with First Annual Award created in her honor during LiveWell’s  20th Anniversary Event

Dominican Sister of Peace Janice Thome

GARDEN CITY, KS – LiveWell Finney County, a coalition of professionals from health, social service, education, and the broader community has established the “Sister Janice Thome” award in honor of Dominican Sister of Peace Sister Janice Thome, Garden City, KS. The creation of this award acknowledges Sr. Janice’s vast contributions to the community to elevate access to healthcare for families and individuals who need it most.

The award, which was presented recently at LiveWell’s virtual annual meeting and celebration of the organization’s 20th anniversary, will be given annually to an individual that exemplifies the group’s charter to improve the health, well-being, and safety of the people of Finney County by collaborating to build a better community.

“We are pleased to present this award to Sister Janice, as she has been instrumental in the founding and success of LiveWell Finney County and by her efforts, has helped those in need gain access to care and health equity, while also educating community members about how to live active and healthy lives,” said Callie Dyer, executive director of LiveWell Finney County. “We are grateful for all Sister Janice does within the community and look forward to presenting the award next year to someone that is committed to furthering her legacy for the people of Finney County.”

Dominican Sister of Peace Janice Thome serves with the Dominican Sisters Ministry of Presence in Garden City and as the Teen Parent Educator for Parents as Teachers for the School District.

In an interview with the Southwest Kansas Catholic, Sr. Janice shared a little about her life as a vowed Dominican:

“I was taught by Dominican Sisters in grade school at St. Peter, Schulte, and I had cousins who were members of the religious communities in Wichita that I visited at their motherhouses.  In eighth grade, the seven girls in our class went to the Dominican Motherhouse in Great Bend for a vocation day.

“The lightness and openness of the motherhouse impressed me.  My seventh and eighth-grade teacher, Sister Rosalia, was a happy woman, as were my cousins. I wanted to be that kind of a person if I was a religious.”

“I entered religious life because of the attraction it held as a very different lifestyle.  There was a curiosity as to how the Sisters I knew could be happy in such a life.  There was a sense that God might be calling me to this life, and I had to try it out in order to know if it was a fit for me.”

Sr. Janice entered religious life in 1961. She ministered as an educator for 26 years and served her Dominican community as a Council Member for eight years. She became part of the Dominican Sisters Ministry of Presence, a direct ministry with the economic poor, in Garden City in the fall of 1996, and has served in that capacity since then.

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33 responses to “LiveWell, Finney County, KS, Establishes Sister Janice Thome Award

  1. Dear Sr. Janice, Congratulations on your award! Well-deserved. You were an inspirational teacher as well. Wishing you the best! Jackie Schwartz Brady, Hutch Trinity ’83

  2. Congratualtions Janice – Your dedication has touched so many lives in ways you may never fully know. May God bless you and your continued work.

  3. Yes, Janice, it is evident that you are truly happy doing Christ’s work every day. You are an inspiration to your family. Thank you for your service to the people of God!

  4. Congratulations, Janice! So proud of you and grateful for all that you have done and continue to do for the people of Garden City.

  5. What good news!! I rejoice with you and our DSOP community for this honor given to you (and us thru you)! My heart is with you and in your ministry.

  6. Congratulations Janice! I recall when we were discerning as a community about who to send to Garden City for the Ministry of Presence. You definitely were the right person to respond to the call to this ministry.

  7. Janice, that is absolutely wonderful and I’m soo pleased for you and with you–and all the people of Garden City!

  8. Congratulations, Janice! What a wonderful legacy you
    are leaving for God’s poor! You have blessed us!

  9. Your ministry is truly one of Presence, which bring comfort, joy, and PEACE. You truly have been an inspiration to me since I met you! God continue to bless you and your ministry.

  10. Beautiful lady, beautiful smile, beautiful ministry!! Congratulations, Sr. Janice, on this well deserved award!!

  11. Beautiful lady, beautiful smile, beautiful ministry!! Congratulations, Sr. Janice on this well deserved award!!

  12. Well done for 24 years, Janice! You deserve all the awards available for your many years of selfless service in Garden City and in your other ministries.

  13. Congratulations, Janice! I agree with all of the above. You deserve it and I am proud of you, my Sister!

  14. My dear Friend! You are so worthy of this Award and to have it named after you! You are so dedicated to God’s Chosen People! Thanks so much for your Ministry and for you! Congratulations, my Friend! So proud of you! God bless and love you lots! Nadine

  15. Janice, what a young looking, broad smile, your picture indicates as the joyous Sister that has served the needy and others so well. Congratulations! No one deserves that honor more than you. And the award goes on as it is named in honor of you. Praise God!

  16. As native of Garden City I am very proud of your wonderful ministry you have been doing.
    You deserve the award.

  17. Janice, congratulations on this well-deserved honor and encouragement for the next generation of folks to make a difference. You are an inspiration to me. Thanks for your perseverance, energy and gracious competence.


  18. Janice, what a wonderful and well-deserved honor. Your impact on the lives of others will continue to be felt for many generations.

  19. Janice, So happy that you are being honored for your dedicated ministry in Garden City. Congratulations!

  20. I was so happy to read of your outstanding AWARD as you have ministered to make life better for so many. Congratulations indeed.

  21. Rarely do we know what our ministry and care means to others. Feedback is often sparse, but now you know what you and your work mean to Finney Countians!
    You truly know how to spread the Good News!
    Congratulations, my friend.

  22. Congratulations, Janice. I’m so very proud to have been a classmate of yours in the Dominican Prep School. You still possess that terrific smile.

  23. What a great honor for a very deserving person. Congratulations to Sr Janice for leaving a woderful legacy and to the Coalition for creating this special award and recognition!!

  24. Congratulations! So well deserved! I enjoyed working with Sister Janice when I was the County Extension Agent in Finney County, 1996–2012.

  25. Wonderful honor for a wonderful and very dedicated person who has done a great deal to make Garden City a better place for all sorts of people to live!

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