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Sr. Nadine Buchanan Honored by Spirituality Network

Reverend Dr. Renee Wormack-Keel, OPA, presents Sr. Nadine Buchanan with the Spirituality Network’s Living Faith Award in a September 27, 2021, ceremony at the Columbus Motherhouse.

On Monday, September 27, 2021, the Columbus Spirituality Network visited the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel to honor Sr. Nadine Buchanan, OP, with the organization’s annual Living Faith Award.

Sr. Louis Mary Passeri opened the ceremony by speaking about her friend Nadine, and her long-time work with Columbus’ trafficked women and homeless community.

Sr. Maxine Shonk shared the history of the Spirituality Network and the Congregation’s connection to the organization during her introduction of Reverend Dr. Renee Wormack-Keels, OPA, Executive Director of the Spirituality Network.

In her introduction to the award, Reverend Wormack-Keels explained the significance of the Living Faith Award, saying that it honors individuals who create a more hopeful, peaceful, and faithful world. “Those who are honored with this award,” she said, “are laypersons who exemplify dynamic faith in their lives, those whose faith is both “lived” and “alive” in ways that inspire, challenge, and serve.”

She said that Sr. Nadine’s specific service to the oppressed trafficked women and homeless in our community make her a model of this ideal.

Sr. Nadine also spoke, detailing her work on the streets and the love of those she serves.

To view the public awards ceremony, which was held on September 23, please click here. 

To view Sr. Nadine’s pages in the public awards ceremony booklet, please click here.

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Celebrating our 2021 Jubilarians

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.  Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

Romans 12:12-13

We are blessed to celebrate and honor those Dominican Sisters of Peace who mark Jubilees of their entrance to Dominican life in 2021.


Jubilarians celebrated at the St. Catharine Motherhouse in Kentucky.






Celebrating Jubilarians in Great Bend, KS.







Celebrating Jubilarians in Akron, OH.










Sr. June Elglebright celebrates 60 years with friends in Louisiana.










Sr. Teresita Huse celebrating 85 years of religious life and service to God’s people.









Columbus Motherhouse Jubilarians







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Founded School Named Top Workplace

St. Dominic School/St. Agnes Academy has been named as one of the Top Workplaces in Memphis, according to the Memphis Business Journal.
















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Heartland Farms to host Harvest Basket fundraiser

By Daniel Kiewel, The Great Bend Tribune


Drive-through event planned due to COVID-19 concerns

Heartland Farm, a ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Peace of Great Bend, is looking to share its bountiful harvest of farm-to-table goods once again this year.

For its annual fundraising event, the farm is selling what it calls Farm-to-Table Harvest Baskets, filled with several of the farm’s homemade food items, including canned pickles, salsa, jelly, dried herbs, apple chips, cookies, pears, hand-baked breads, and several more items.

Many of the items are produced directly from crops and plants grown on the farm through its sustainable holistic management growing practices.

This year, it will be a drive through event, in lieu of the farm’s annual dinner fundraiser. The Dominican Sisters made the decision to go this route, said Sister Jane Belanger, in response to recent rises in cases connected to COVID-19 variants in the area.

Pick-up for the baskets will be held Saturday, Sept. 18 from 1-4 p.m., at Heartland Farm, located about 14 miles west of Great Bend.

Belanger said the fundraiser will be limited to 50 baskets, and those interested must register ahead of time, either at the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce, or by visiting the farm’s website at Registration will be open until Wednesday, Sept. 15, or until all 50 baskets have been purchased.

Also as part of the fundraiser, the Sisters will have two separate raffles. Both will be limited to those who have also registered for the harvest baskets.

The first raffle will include opportunities for multiple prizes including a gift certificate for a massage, a gift for an overnight stay at the farm, a basket of the farm’s homebrewed beer, a basket of goods produced from the wool of alpacas raised on the farm, a bread and jelly basket, a gift certificate for an alpaca-walking experience at the farm, and other prizes.

The second, grand prize, raffle will be for one of two prizes – an 80-inch by 104-inch handmade children’s quilt or a set of three pieces of pottery produced by artist Phyll Klima.

Tickets for the first raffle are $2 each, or 6 for $10, and the grand prize raffle tickets will be $10 each.

All proceeds, Belanger said, will go to support the farm’s many programs, which in addition to the farm-produced goods typically include farm and craft programs, as well as getaway and retreat opportunities.

Heartland Farm is located 14 miles west of Great Bend on Rush County Road 390. From Great Bend, follow 10th Street west until the pavement ends, continue west for one mile, then turn left on to CR 390 for half a mile. The farm is on the right.

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