Dominican Association of Secondary Schools (DASS)
December 2011 Bulletin
DASS Annual Meeting and In-Service
DASS school representatives gathered for the 2011 Annual In-Service and Meeting at Our Lady of the Elms Schools in Akron, OH on October 18th and 19th. This year's in-service provided DASS members the opportunity to visit Crown Point Ecology Center in Bath, OH. The Center, supported by the Dominican Sisters of Peace, expresses its mission "through sustainable agriculture and environmental education programs that integrate the four key principles: community, sustainability, justice and spirituality." Reflecting on some excellent input from on-site coordinators Sr. Mariellen Phelps, OP, Christopher Norman, and Kim Evangvelisti, we conversed with one another about ways that we could encourage our school communities to live with greater simplicity and mindfulness about our Earth community. Our day ended with a grand tour of the entire property. A picture is worth a thousand words!
Directional Statement for the DASS Organization
Members of the Executive Board and the Annual Meeting group spent considerable time in developing a Directional Statement for the DASS organization. This final statement received unanimous approval from the total group:
Campus Ministers/Theology Teachers' Meeting
Twenty-five people from eight of our Midwest Dominican schools met on November 3rd at St. Catherine High School in Racine, WI. The program focused on a Catholic identity assessment and planning process "Living Our Faith Today," developed by Dr. Christopher McAtee, Assistant Academic Dean at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, IL. Sr. Barbara Dannhausen, OP (Sinsinawa) also presented an assessment instrument she has created for use in our Dominican schools called "Living the Mission: Key Indicators," which is available on our website's members only section (use your email address and the password "veritas" to enter, then click on the "View Documents" link on the left. The indicator is under "Board of Directors.").
You Never Know What You Might See on a Billboard!
Sr. Jane Meyer "eyed" this billboard on her return trip to Houston from the DASS meeting in Akron, OH. As mentioned in an earlier bulletin, Sr. Jane was named one of the Ten Texas Women of the Year. Pictured with Sr. Jane is the founder of the Houston Dominican sisters, Mother Mary Agnes, OP.
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