St. Mary's Dominican High School

Alumnae Homecoming Weekend 2013

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This year’s Alumnae Award is presented to the “Mother Superior” of the Class of ’61, (Linda) Linny Rabalais.  This appellation only partially describes this dedicated Dominican woman whom all alums know and recognize (not just because of her special shirt, either).  Linny’s life has been devoted to others.  Her commitment to Dominican ideals enables her to truly make a difference in the lives she has touched.  As stated in the Dominican profile “She leads them with dignity and calls forth the best in them” in her family, her chosen career as a teacher and counselor, and her devotion to her Alma Mater.  She is the “glue” who keeps her class together because she “communicates effectively” and keeps them apprised of their classmates’ needs both temporally and spiritually.  “She celebrates Dominican tradition and heritage to such an extent that she bleeds “black and white.”  Thank you, Linny, for making the four essential components of Dominican education prayer, study, community, and service evident through your actions and for having “Veritas” as the foundation of your life.


Our Service Award recipient celebrates Dominican tradition and heritage.  Since her years as a student, Janet Emig Gaudet’s enthusiasm and dedication to Dominican has never ceased.  Her involvement includes serving in numerous committee and leadership positions.  She served as President of both Parents Club and the Alumnae Association; she was the co-chair of the “Legacy Leaders Campaign” during the sesquicentennial celebration which raised over $400,000 from the Alumnae designated to the Sr. Mary Ann McSweeney, OP Faculty Endowment Fund.  Everyone at DHS particularly appreciates her post Hurricane Katrina determination in working with her employer to acquire furniture for the school.  After these many years, she is still one of the best “ambassadors and cheerleaders” for all things Dominican.  The first Alumnae Rally Day, just celebrated last weekend, was born from her ingenuity, enthusiasm, and love of Dominican.  A Toast of Praise to you!

Kristen Lee’s life’s desire is to be a “voice for the voiceless.”  While a student at St. Mary’s Dominican High School, Kristen began acquiring the values that comprise the profile of a Dominican graduate.  Kristen’s dedication to daily prayer, critical and independent thinking, leadership, and community service began at Dominican, but have continued to blossom.  During her years at Loyola, she served as a congressional intern in the New Orleans office of Senator Mary Landrieu, was selected to participate in the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, was the only student from Loyola to receive the Phi Eta Sigma National Scholarship.  She was asked by New Orleans City Council Member Arnie Fielkow to research the New Orleans City Budget process.  As Senator of Student Government, Kristen served as Project Coordinator for the citywide Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, worked to have Loyola host Campaign College, and earned the Best Initiative Award from the Student Government Association.  We are truly proud of this young woman who dedicates her life to others.

Lorraine Melito Hess ’86 is the first recipient of the St. Catherine of Siena Preaching Award.  Lorraine’s commitment to Truth has led her to discern and understand the importance of prayer in her daily life.  She has used her time, talent, and treasure to preach the Gospel.  After a career spending ten years working in Human Resources at Baptist Hospital and Touro Infirmary, she decided to quit her “paying” job to spend more time with her four sons.  In 2004, she became the volunteer director of music ministry at Divine Mercy Parish in Kenner and the leader of the contemporary adult choir.

In 2005, Lorraine began writing her own music.  Her first solo album “We Shall be Healed” (2008) is a collection of songs centered on the Sacraments, written and inspired by her faith journey as a Catholic wife and mother.  Her second album “Child of God” (2010) highlights Lorraine’s contemporary style and emphasizes the rich traditions of the Catholic faith.  In 2011, Lorraine spent time in discernment about where God wanted her to focus her time and talents, and, like St. Catherine of Siena who preached by the example of her life, Lorraine realized that God was calling her to preach by producing a Christmas album to celebrate Mary’s obedience to God by saying “Yes” to becoming the mother of God.  In her third album “Cradle in Bethlehem” (2012), she teamed up with Access Pregnancy and Referral Centers, donating a portion of all sales for right to life initiatives.  In addition to honoring Mary, Lorraine encourages participants to give Jesus one of the most valuable gifts they could give Him, their time in prayer, particularly, at Eucharistic Adoration.

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