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hispanic ministry

Fiesta in dayton, ohio by Sr. Maria Francine Stacy One word that characterized the work of Hispanic Catholic Ministry in Dayton, OH this summer was FIESTA! We celebrated twenty-six baptisms at St. Mary Church from June to August. We also had various young girls celebrating their Quinceaños, a fiesta for a girl who turns 15 years old. She has a special Mass in which she consecrates herself to the Blessed Mother and renews her baptismal vows. The preparation for this celebration includes four or five classes on the Catholic faith and a retreat.

In addition, our Mexican dance group, Orgullo Mexicano, has performed at least four festivals and will continue to do so throughout September. This is a way for the members to deepen their Hispanic heritage, as well as to share it with others. One of our last summer activities was a trip to the Basilica of Our Lady of Consolation in Carey, OH. Having expressed our faith through fiesta, we now prepare for a return to classes for First Communion, Christian development, and Bible study.

snd Heritage

New ministry

home at st. joe’s Sr. Mary Dennise Wagenlander began a new ministry at a familiar place in July 2015.

When asked what it means to be back in Campbell County, Sr. Mary Dennise replied, “Two words describe it for me: I’m home.”

Forty-five years after teaching fifth and sixth grades, and twenty-five years after serving as principal, Sr. Mary Dennise is now the assistant principal at St. Joseph School in Cold Spring, KY.

Heritage renewal retreat Since January 2015, Srs. Mary Ruth Lubbers and Mary Margaret Droege have led multiple week-long Heritage Renewal Retreats at the Covington Province. The Heritage Renewal Retreat promotes further study of the SND history and charism, and how this The Pulse • Fall 2015

translates to living active apostolic lives today. During the retreat, sisters “visit” Coesfeld, Germany, pray the way of the Coesfeld Cross, and enter the God experience of our cofoundresses and first sisters. 8

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National Novitiate moves to Kentucky. Sr. Dolores Giblin visits death row prisoners. SND National Gathering in Columbus, OH. Volunteers in U...