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Faithful One Receives Fidelia Award
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Faithful One Receives Fidelia Award

Sr. Mary Louise Trivison ‘50, a peace maker and educator at Notre Dame College, was recognized at the annual Presidents’ Club Luncheon on October 21, 2007.

“Forty-four years is a long time,” acknowledged Sr. Mary Louise recalling her service at Notre Dame College during her acceptance speech. “It’s a life time for some—a blessing time for me.”

Over the years, Sr. Mary Louise impacted her students by fostering an environment of peace and understanding in the classroom at Notre Dame. She enabled them to develop an appreciation of other faiths, cultures and races while humbly serving as a professor of theology and Spanish.

Sr. Mary Louise will celebrate her 60th year as a Sister of Notre Dame in 2008. Reflecting on those years, she recalled how her faith and her community sustained her along the way. “My religious community, my sisters, supported, nurtured, cared for, encouraged, and made service to Christ a joyful way of life,” she said.

The Prayer of St. Francis opens with the petition “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.” The life work by Sr. Mary Louise demonstrates that God does answer prayers.

Notre Dame Heads to the Far East

In 2009, Notre Dame College’s Humanities Department will head to China for the annual Spring Break Educational Trip. The 11-day journey which runs from February 26 to March 8, marks the first ever visit to Asia for the College’s annual travel program.

Associate professor of fine arts Rachel Morris, a veteran participant of the program, finds the prospect of heading to China exciting. “Many of us have ancestral roots in Europe, so those countries seem familiar. But for many of us, China still seems exotic. The language, terrain, and culture seem more familiar from literature, museums or history books.”

As in years past, the trip will be coordinated by associate professor of health science, Roz Scheer-McLeod through the international travel association ACIS. “These trips are a great way for Notre Dame College to takes its mission on the road. They are truly wonderful community experiences.”

The trip will include a stop in Beijing to visit the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. From there, travelers will head to Xi’an to see historic sites including the famous Terra Cotta Warriors, and the City Wall, the largest intact castle dating to the Ming Dynasty. Other stops include Guilin and Hong Kong.

Joining the trip leaders is associate professor of history, Dr. Greg Moore. According to Moore, “This is my first experience with ACIS and I’m looking forward to it very much. I’m especially excited by the opportunity to take our students to China where they can experience first hand not only a land with a very unique culture but also one of the most exciting places in the world right now. Today’s China is a mix of the old and new; a dynamic, vibrant, changing land that seeks modernization in order to take a place among the world’s leading nations while still adhering to thousand year old traditions.”

For further details on the trip, visit the Notre Dame College Educational Travel page at: NotreDameCollege.edu/academics/educational-travel