August 24, 2016, Henderson, Nevada – An article in the August 20, 2016, issue of The Las Vegas Review-Journal traces the dramatic and inspirational vocation story of Sister Xiomara Méndez-Hernández, OP. Once a highly successful high fashion designer in her native Dominican Republic, Sister Xiomara went on to become an Adrian Dominican Sister – now ministering as a chaplain at St. Rose Dominican Hospitals. She finds her treasure in serving and caring for others. Read the complete article by Paul Harasim.
April 14, 2016, Las Vegas, Nevada – Sister Victoria Dalesandro, OP, who has served since 2011 as the director of caring and healing at San Martin Campus of St. Rose Dominican Hospitals, was profiled in the Spring 2016 issue of Reach, a publication of the hospital.
In the article, Sister Vicki speaks of some of the highlights of her 60 years as an Adrian Dominican Sister. A native of Los Angeles, she returned there to teach in South Central Los Angeles in the 1960s, during the riots, and later opened a social service center for people who lived near the city’s Skid Row.
Sister Vicki first came to St. Rose Dominican in the 1990s, working on a variety of projects – such as classroom on wheels – and beginning her studies for a master’s degree in pastoral studies to allow her to minister as a counselor. She worked with pregnant women in Apple Valley, California and became certified as a chaplain. Back at St. Rose Dominican since 2011, Sister Vicki told Reach that she “love[s] visiting patients and working with the nurses.”
Sister Vicki is now working on the hospital’s new No One Dies Alone pilot program, “training volunteers who are interested in sitting with dying patients who would otherwise be alone.”