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Sr. Gabi Williams Wins Lumen Christi Award

For 34 years, Catholic Extension has presented the Lumen Christi Award to an individual who best exemplifies the Light of Christ through his or her service to people in Catholic communities of faith.  After a national search and deliberation, it was announced that the 2011 Lumen Christi Award will be presented to Sr. Gabriella Williams, OP, of the Diocese of San Bernardino for her vital ministry in the Coachella Valley.

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The Oakfords Visit the "Women & Spirit" Exhibit

By:  Sr. Anna Oven
On Sunday, August 15th, Sisters Gabriella, Teresita, and I thoroughly enjoyed the national traveling exhibit, “Women and Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America”, hosted at Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles.  As we walked through the exhibit for three hours, we experienced a sense of reverence in the telling of the real story of women religious who have played such a key role in the shaping of our nation.  It is a story of schools, hospitals, orphanages, and homeless shelters.  The Sisters made courageous new beginnings with practically nothing, trusting in Divine Providence, and putting themselves to the task which was needed to be done for the needs of the people around them.  One cannot help but be deeply moved by the dedication, self-giving, and at times, the risking of their lives for the Gospel.

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Sr. Jodi Min Hired by St. Mary's College

Sr. Jodi Min has been hired by St. Mary's College in Moraga, California, as the new Assistant Director of Lasallian Mission. Sr. Jodi began her new ministry on August 1st, 2011, and is responsible for Social Justice education and the coordination of Faith, Academic and Service Immersion programs at St. Mary's. The first two immersion programs she will lead are to Salinas, California.


Sr. Gabi Named a Finalist for Lumen Christi Award

Now in its 34th year, the Lumen Christi Award is presented to an individual who best exemplifies the Light of Christ through his or her service to people in the poorest, most isolated regions of the United States. Oakford Dominican, Sr. Gabriella Williams, is one of six finalists being recognized for superb missionary outreach.  Though nominees became finalists via an online voting poll, there will not be online voting for the final round. As done in years prior, the Lumen Christi award winner will be selected by a panel of national judges, and announced by September.  Congratulations, Sr. Gabi!

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Sr. Alison Speaks at United Nations AIDS Event

More than 3000 people met at the United Nations in New York for the UN General Assembly High Level Meeting on AIDS from 8-10 June.  Attendees reviewed the progress/challenges of the last 30 years and the future AIDS response.  More than 30 Heads of State, Government and Vice Presidents attended the meeting which included official plenary and five panel sessions and 40 individual side events.  Sr. Alison Munro, Oakford Dominican & Director of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference AIDS Office, spoke on universal access to treatment for AIDS patients. 

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