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Posted on Dec 5, 2014 |

NDA Dedicates December to Rosary for Grace White

NDA Dedicates December to Rosary for Grace White

Grace White (left) and one of her siblings waiting for a recent radiation treatment. Photo courtesy Operation Grace White.

Grace White (left) and one of her siblings waiting for a recent radiation treatment. Photo courtesy Operation Grace White.

Notre Dame Academy  in Park Hills (KY) has dedicated praying its daily school-wide rosary to six-year-old Grace White for the month of December, and asks all “past, present, and future Pandas” to join them.


White, the daughter of NDA alumna Amy Cobble White (class of 1994) was recently diagnosed with DIPG, a rare form of pediatric brain cancer. It is the same cancer that Mount St. Joseph University basketball player Lauren Hill suffers from. Grace’s family moved back to Northern Kentucky from North Carolina so that she could receive radiation and chemotherapy at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.


“As a school dedicated to Our Lady, the community of Notre Dame Academy believes in the power of praying the rosary,” says Alumnae Coordinator Emily Berling “Each morning before school begins, former NDA art teacher Sr. Mary Reina Arlinghaus, SND, makes her way to the chapel at NDA to lead students, faculty and staff in a decade of the rosary. During the month of December, they will pray each day with the intention of Grace White and her family.


“We ask all Notre Dame Academy students, faculty, staff, parents, alumnae and friends to join us in praying the rosary for Grace White and her family during this most difficult time in their lives.”

Notre Dame Academy's appeal to pray for Grace and her family.

Notre Dame Academy’s appeal to pray for Grace and her family.

The alumnae department will sell rosaries for $5 at NDA’s school store, the panda-themed Bambootique, for the rest of the month. All proceeds will go to Operation Grace White, the fund set up to raise money for her treatment. Grace’s father, Lt. Col. Scott White, is a graduate of Covington Catholic High School on active duty with the Army, and the fund has a military-style name and mission.

Tonight, Covington Catholic and Holy Cross High School will face off at a basketball benefit for the family (see our story here). On Sunday, a fundraiser called “White Christmas” will be held for her at a North Carolina elementary school (see the Operation Grace White Facebook page for details).


Just as the basketball game and dinner fundraiser aim to support the White family with money, NDA’s rosary initiative will support them in prayer. “As Catholics, we do not merely believe, we know, that the rosary is the most powerful recitation we can make when we desire a miracle or some other grace from God,” Berling says.


“Sister Lucia of Fatima told us that ‘There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot solve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary. With the Holy Rosary we will save ourselves. We will sanctify ourselves. We will console Our Lord and obtain the salvation of many souls.’”

A small group praying for the White family at Blessed Sacrament Church in Ft. Mitchell every Friday at 6:30 am Mass invites all to join. For more information about Operation Grace White, click here. For information on how to join the NDA community in support of the White family, contact Emily Berling at 859.292.1852 or at


For our story on the novena for Lauren Hill sponsored by the Sisters of Charity, click here.


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