13th Biennial Colloquium of Dominican Colleges and Universities

June 12 -15, 2014

"The thirst for justice is not separable from the thirst for truth, witness not separable from proclamation, solidarity with the poor not separable from solidarity with Christ; action on behalf of justice is not separable from the evolution of a contemplative consciousness" (Goergen, D., 2013, Dominican Charism in American Higher Education).

The Molloy College Office of Mission Integration is proud to host this year's colloquium at their Rockville Centre campus. The College's Vice President for Mission Integration, Sister Dorothy Fitzgibbons, is the colloquium's liaison and can be reached via email at dfitzgibbons@molloy.edu or by telephone at 516.323.3221 with any questions or concerns.

The Dominican Charism in American Higher Education (2013) is a guiding light for Dominican higher education. We are reminded of key practices essential to connecting contemplation with social justice. These themes include nurturing a contemplative spirit, promoting the arts, making connections, preaching justice, building community, cultivating diversity, inspiring compassion and promoting the common good.

Agenda and Concurrent Sessions

The 13th Biennial Colloquium of Dominican College and Universities, "Inspiring Compassion, Fostering Engagement" will be held on Thursday, June 12 - Sunday, June 15. It will feature keynote presentations from: Gregory Heille, O.P. , Margaret Mayce, O.P.  and Toni Harris, O.P.

Conference participants will be able to pick from a variety of topics presented during six (6) concurrent sessions offered during the conference on Friday and Saturday (three (3) concurrent sessions each day). 4-5 topics will be offered in each concurrent session. Click here for a listing of the all the Concurrent Session topics and speakers.

Participants will be asked to pre-register for the concurrent topics that they would like to attend since seating will be limited in most of the sessions.

The agenda is as follows:

Thursday. June 12  
            1-5 p.m.                       Registration                            Public Square, 1st Floor lobby
            5:30 p.m.                     Reception                                Anselma Room, Kellenberg Hall
            5:45 p.m.                     Table Prayer                            Anselma Room, Kellenberg Hall
            6:00 p.m.                     Dinner                                       Anselma Room, Kellenberg Hall   
            Optional Evening Events:
            7:30-9 p.m.                 Bloomsday Play                       Madison Theatre, Public Square      
            7:30-9 p.m.                 Partner Project -                       Hays Theatre, Wilbur Arts 
                                                  Dr. Teresa Aprigliano                                           
Friday, June 13                  
              7:00 - 8:15 a.m.          Breakfast                                  Anselma Room, Kellenberg Hall
              7:30 a.m.                     Liturgy (optional)                     Sacred Heart Chapel 
                                                    with  Fr. Gabriel Mutero                                        
              8:00 - 9:00                   Dropping Color (optional)     Reception Room, Kellenberg Hall  
              8:30 a.m.                      Morning Prayer                        Madison Theatre, Public Square
              9:00 - 10:00                 Plenary Session - Gregory Heille, O.P. (see bio below)
              10:00 - 10:15               Break
              10:15 - 11:15               Session I    (4 concurrent)       Public Square
              11:30 - 12:30 p.m.      Session II   (4 concurrent)       Public Square
               12:30 - 1:30                Lunch
               1:30 - 3:00                  Session III  (4 concurrent)       Public Square
               2:30 - 3:30                  Poster Presentations               Public Square
               4:00 p.m.                     Social (Fanjeax Reunion)       Lobby, Public Square
               Evening                       Optional Outing - TBA
Saturday, June 14    
                7:00 - 8:15 a.m.         Breakfast
                8:30 a.m.                     Morning Prayer                          Madison Theatre, Public Square
                9:00  - 10:00               Plenary Session - Margaret Mayce, O.P. (see bio below)
                10:00 - 10:15              Break
                10:15 - 11:15              Session IV     (5 concurrent)    Public Square
                11:30 - 12:30              Session V      (5 concurrent)     Public Square
                12:30 - 1:30                 Lunch
                1:30 - 3:00                   Session VI     (4 concurrent)    Public Square
                 4:00 p.m.                     Leave for Amityville                   Queen of the Rosary Motherhouse
                 5:30 p.m.                     Liturgy - St. Albert's Chapel
                 6:30 p.m.                     Banquet - Speaker: Toni Harris, O.P. (see bio below) Helen Butler Hall                             

Sunday, June 15                  
                  7:00 - 8:15                  Breakfast                                   Anselma Room, Kellenberg Hall
                  8-9:30                          Interfaith Zen Session            Reception Room, Kellenberg Hall
                  9:30 a.m.                     Morning Prayer                         Larini Room, 290A, Public Square
                                                        Closing Ritual

Keynote Speakers:

Gregory Heille, O.P., "The Compassionate Testimony of Missionary Disciples."

Father Gregory has had a long and distinguished career at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, MO.  Father has been Academic Dean and Vice President since June 2007.  He is also Promoter of Preaching for the Dominican Province of St. Albert the Great (U.S.A.)

We look forward to welcoming our Dominican brother to our campus.

Margaret Mayce
, O.P., "Engaging the Powers that Be: Do They Really Have a Life of Their Own."

Margaret is a Sister of St. Dominic, Amityville.  As alumna of Molloy College, Margaret has served on her Congregation's leadership team from 2001-2007 and on the national board of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.  Margaret has been a missionary in the Dominican Republic and the Director of the Spanish Apostolate for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, NY.

Currently, Margaret serves as the NGO Representative for the U.S. Dominican Leadership Conference at the United Nations.

Toni Harris
, O.P., "Engagement and Compassion:  Rooted in Our Dominican Charism."

Toni is a Dominican Sister of Sinsinawa who has served in leadership for a number of years.  Most recently she was based in Rome, Italy and worked as the International Promoter for Justice & Peace for Dominican Sisters International for 2007-2013.  Toni has also worked with Native Americans.

 She is currently enjoying a sabbatical year and we are delighted that she accepted our invitation.


The Colloquium will be held at Molloy's Rockville Centre campus located at 1000 Hempstead Avenue, Rockville Centre, New York 11571. Click here for directions to the campus and a campus map.

If you are traveling by plane, there are 3 airports on Long Island with commercial flights: John F. Kennedy (13 miles), LaGuardia (20 miles) and MacArthur (32 miles).  We are making plans to have a shuttle bus available for airport pickups, but those plans are still in the formative stages. Please email Scott Salvato at: ssalvato@molloy.edu with your flight arrangements, including: airport, airline, flight numbers and arrival and departure times and we will get back to you regarding travel arrangements to and from the airports.

If you would like to make your own arrangements, please note that the closest airport to the campus is Kennedy Airport. It also has an airtrain that will connect you to the Jamaica Station of the Long Island Railroad. From the Jamaica Station you can go to the Rockville Centre train station. Information on the airtrain can be found on the following website:  www.mta.info/mta/airtrain.htm. There is a taxi stand at the Rockville Centre railroad station and the phone number for the taxi service is: 516.536.3333 and the cost is $5 per person. You can also take the N16 bus from the train station which will let you off right in front of the campus. It's about a 10 minute bus ride. Information on the bus route can be found at: http://www.nicebus.com/Maps-Schedules/Interactive-System-Map/Individual-NICE-Bus-Maps-and-Schedules.aspx?ID=5258. The fare is $2.25 (coins or Metrocard).

You can always take a taxi from either Kennedy, LaGuardia or MacArthur airports, but it will be more expensive. Please also note that taxi drivers coming from Kennedy and LaGuardia airports are allowed to charge you round-trip fare for the one-way ride. 

Accommodations: On Campus

All guests will be welcomed at our residence hall, Fitzgerald Hall, which opened in the fall 2011.  This154 bed residence hall offers single and double rooms each containing a bed, dresser, wardrobe or closet, desk and chair for each guest. The building is air-conditioned. Laundry facilities are located on the main floor. Lounge areas are located throughout the hall and computers are located on each floor. There is a television in the main lounge. Towels and linens will be provided (one set for the length of the conference). Each room is also equipped with computer ports and there is Wi-Fi throughout the building. Please click here for additional information, including items that you may wish to bring and check-in procedures.

On campus housing is only avavilable for participants who will be staying for the entire conference. Participants who are not staying for the entire Colloquium who are in need of accommodations should refer to the off campus hotel information below. 

Accommodations: Off Campus Conference Hotels

If you would prefer to stay off-campus in a hotel please click here for a list of hotels in the area.

Optional Friday Evening Outing

An optional Friday evening outing is being planned and should be confirmed sometime in April. Please check back for details.

Colloquium Fees

$450: On-Campus Housing (includes a single room and all meals daily except the optional Friday evening outing)
$400: On-Campus Housing (includes a double room and all meals daily except the optional Friday evening outing) Please note that we will contact you via email regarding your roommate information if you will be staying with someone else at the "double rate".
$285: Without Housing (includes all meals daily except the optional Friday evening outing)
$175:  Without Housing Friday Only (includes breakfast and lunch)
$200:  Without Housing Saturday Only (includes breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Students - No Charge: With On-Campus Housing ($150 fee underwritten through a scholarship from the Dominican Higher Education Consortium, includes a double room and all meals daily except the optional Friday evening outing)
Students - No Charge: Without On-Campus Housing ($50 fee underwritten through a scholarship from the Dominican Higher Education Consortium, includes all meals daily except the optional Friday evening outing)


Please register for the Colloquium by May 16. Online registration is available by clicking here. Please note that you should also choose your Concurrent Session selections when you register. You may also phone in your registration by calling 516.323.3550 with your MasterCard, Visa, or purchase order information. To register in-person, by fax, or by mail please click here to download the registration. Please complete the form, including your concurrent session selections and follow the directions for faxing or mailing it in.

Further Information and Conference Brochure:

A conference brochure will be available sometime in May, 2014. If you would like to be placed on our mailing list for the conference brochure, or if you should have any questions, please contact Sister Dorothy Fitzgibbons, Vice President for Mission Integration and the colloquium's liaison via email at dfitzgibbons@molloy.edu or by telephone at 516.323.3221.


The College's Vice President for Mission Integration, Sister Dorothy Fitzgibbons, is the colloquium's liaison and can be reached via email at dfitzgibbons@molloy.edu or by telephone at 516.323.3221 with any questions or concerns.

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