Dominican Tradition Embraced at Conference
Despite the cool and damp weather this past week, the 13 Dominican Colleges and Universities that gathered for the 15th Annual "Preaching In Action" Conference, had an amazing time deepening their understanding of Dominican Life/Spirituality and their understanding of what "Dominican Tradition" means at a Dominican College/University.
They embraced the days with energy and enthusiasm, and each day's theme reflected one of the four pillars (Study, Spirituality, Community, and Service). The day began and ended with prayer that was planned by the students. Because time for reflection/contemplation is very important in the Dominican Tradition, the students were given time after each session to sit quietly and reflect on what they heard. They also had journals which helped in their reflection. The level of sharing was extraordinary.
Of course, there was plenty of time for fun. On Friday night, we enjoyed dancing in the Anselma Room with a fabulous DJ, and on Saturday night, students shared their talents in a "Dominican Talent Show." The vowed Dominican Sisters and Friars also shared their talent and sang "Side By Side."
The week concluded on Sunday, May 28 with a Commissioning Mass in which each student shared how they will continue to "preach" daily in their own lives and on campus. Our students overwhelmingly expressed a desire to deepen students' understanding of Dominican Tradition and plan to meet with various people on campus who can help them fulfill this goal.
This year, we had four students who attended the conference:
- Emily Brierly
- Mary Collery
- Alisha Crespo
- Diana Pretta
We also had some of our Dominican Young Adults work with Sister Gina Fleming (the coordinator of the conference). They worked hard all week setting up, cleaning up, and doing any other work that needed to be done. More importantly, they were a "welcoming presence" to all of our guests.
- Krystine Abberton
- Michelle Lithgow
- Elizabeth Meittinis
- Sean Mundy
- Christian Ramos
- Carly Spadafora
Everyone's favorite line was the quote for St. Catherine of Siena, "Be who you are meant to be and you will set the world on fire!"