Thursday, June 1, 2017

Itinerant Dominican

Itinerant Dominican: From Michigan to New York to New Mexico!

Greetings from sunny New Mexico!  I feel have been so out of touch – and that’s because I haven’t sent an e-newsletter since May 14th!  
However, you have been in my thoughts and daily prayers even when I have not been in touch! 😊

I had hoped to send pictures from New York last week, but my laptop was not connecting, so I left it in Michigan.  In between trips I picked up my now-functioning laptop, so I will post pictures of the National College Preaching in Action Conference which took place at Molloy University in Rockville Centre, New York.

A Brief History:
What is the Preaching in Action Conference?
The National “Preaching in Action” Conference is a venue where college age students exploreDominican spirituality and preaching.  The conference familiarizes the college students to the foundations and characteristics of the four pillars of the Dominican charism: Prayer, Study, Service, and Community, by modeling and actively engaging them in creative ways of preaching in their daily lives.  “It’s about gathering together to discover how each of us is called to preach the Gospel message in our own unique way.”
Speakers representing congregations and provinces of the Dominican Order facilitate various experiences for preaching which makes the Word of God come alive through prayer, Liturgy, art, dance, drama and music.

Who can attend the Preaching in Action Conference?
Students from Dominican Colleges, or colleges which have a Dominican presence, throughout the United States are eligible to attend the Preaching in Action Conference. The Conference was begun originally when the connection between the Dominican tradition of preaching and the desire of many students to answer their own call to preach was recognized.  Four sophomore or junior students and an adult mentor from each college or university are accepted for this college preaching conference. It is conducted annually at different Dominican college sites.  (Source:

Throughout the week the mentors and college students were fully engaged in the four pillars of Dominican spirituality:  Community, Service (Ministry), Prayer and Study.  We also had a selection of sites for our day of service.  The last night we were there we had a talent show.  The pictures below are just a few of many I took in New York last week.  
(* DON’T Miss this: On Saturday night our Aquinas College students performed a piece from the Broadway musical, "Annie".  You can view the video by clicking on this link: ) 

And Last, But Not Least…
Sunday, June 11th Is ‘Second’ Sunday!

Don't forget!!

The second Sunday of each month is set aside for you!
You are invited to spend the day with us,
and pray, worship, eat, play and meet with the
Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids.

Some of you have indicated that you are coming on that Sunday!  I look forward to seeing/meeting you!  That’s great!  Please know that other arrangements can also be made for other days or weekends – especially if you’re travelling far.

Either way, please do let me know if you’re coming,
and I’ll make sure to have a place reserved for you!

Schedule for the day
Morning Prayer: 9:30 a.m. (plan on being here by 9:15)
Sunday Liturgy: 10:00 a.m.
Lunch after Liturgy
Conversation and time with the Sisters after Lunch

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