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Students Work with Peace Center to Distribute Easter Bags to Seniors

March 31, 2016, New Orleans, Louisiana – Students from St. Mary’s Dominican High School in New Orleans, in conjunction with the Peace Center, distributed 35 bags of food and candy to seniors at Pine Street Apartments. 

Encouraged by Adrian Dominican Sister Patricia Harvat, OP, the students collected food and candy. Many interrupted their Easter holiday to distribute the green bags at the apartment building during a downpour of rain on Holy Thursday, March 24. The Peace Center provided the bags, as well as ham.

Many of the seniors at Pine Street Apartments are regulars of the Peace Center, opened in 2014 by the Dominican Sisters of Peace, who also sponsor St. Mary’s Dominican High School. “We learned from [the seniors] that their supply of food runs out toward the end of the month,” explained Sister Suzanne Brauer, OP, of the Peace Center. “What better time to feed the hungry and spread the message of new life than at Easter!”

Sister Pat ministers as Vice President of Dominican Catholic Identity at St. Mary’s Dominican High School. She was elected in February 2016 to serve as General Councilor for the Adrian Dominican Sisters, effective July 1, 2016.

- Article submitted by Sister Suzanne Brauer, OP

Feature photo: Seniors from the Pine Street Apartments in New Orleans show appreciation for the Easter Bags they recieved from the Peace Center and students at St. Mary's Dominican High School. Photo by Sister Patricia Harvat, OP.


St. Mary’s Dominican High School Observes International Day of Peace

September 22, 2015, New Orleans, Louisiana – In observance of the United Nations' International Day of Peace, Adrian Dominican Sister Pat Harvat, OP, St. Mary’s Dominican High School’s Vice President of Dominican Catholic Identity blessed the circle of Pinwheels for Peace on the campus quad during the school’s annual observance of International Day of Peace. The pinwheels were made by students who wrote their prayers on the pinwheels.

International Day of Peace is celebrated on September 21 each year to recognize the efforts of those who have worked hard to end conflict and promote peace. The International Day of Peace is also a day of ceasefire – personal or political.

Since 1860, St. Mary’s Dominican High School has been a leader of Catholic education in the New Orleans region. The school’s 155-year legacy is rooted in the tradition of prayer, study, community, and service. These are the pillars of Dominican life and form the foundation for the Dominican student’s experience.

Adrian Dominican Sister Pat Harvat, OP, second from right, blesses a circle of Pinwheels for Peace created by the students. Photo courtesey of St. Mary’s Dominican High School.

 

 

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