Dominican Associate Baby Boomer Listens to Millennials Speak

Blog by Associate Conni Dubick, OPA
Blog by Associate Conni Dubick, OPA

I celebrated my 70th birthday this month and I am a member of the “baby-boomer” generation.  But guess what?  I may be in that age group, but my thinking as an Associate of the Dominican Sisters of Peace resonates with three “millennials” (born between 1975-1995) and I think we have lots in common!  Annie, Michelle and Russ were featured on a Future Church teleconference titled “Millennials Speak for Themselves.”  I sat eagerly anticipating their individual responses to the question of the moderator “I am a Catholic because….”   With ease, confidence and thoughtful articulation, each speaker gave their own personal reasons. 

Annie gave examples that being Catholic is “messy”because it is a “both-and” religion, meaning that you can love and critique at the same time; you can desire to be available, live simply and follow Jesus knowing that you are both sinner and beloved.

Michelle drew on her experience in El Salvador and understands that God is made manifest in the poor and marginalized.  She seeks “to be God’s hands on this earth,” and she seeks healing and connection with all others as she lives out Gospel values in a community of prayer.

Russ, as an older millennial, stated that being a Catholic is a call from Jesus “to conversion and transformation whether it be in El Salvador or the streets of Cleveland in daily encounters with the living God.” The mantra WWJD is always the source of his actions, responses and decisions.

As I listened to these three young people, I heard examples of the Dominican pillars of prayer, study, community and ministry in their explanations of why they were Catholics.  It seemed to me that the Dominican charism “to preach the Gospel message with our lives” was evident in what they value in their life experiences. I hope that millennials and Dominican Sisters of Peace and Associates keep speaking and listening to each other.  We have a lot in common!

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9 responses to “Dominican Associate Baby Boomer Listens to Millennials Speak

  1. Happy 70th Birthday, Conni. Be sure to celebrate all year long. Thanks you for your reflections. I’m glad even those of us beyond the baby-boomer generation can learn for you and the millennials.

  2. Conni, as usual your words are great and reflection are great. Thanks for giving me thoughts to reflect on.

    From one Baby Boomer to another. KEEP THE FAITH.

    Ceil

  3. First off, Conni.! Happy, happy birthday. I pray it will be a great year for you!

    And thanks for your reflection. You inspire me!

    God bless. Kathleen

  4. Thanks, Conni. We know Russ through FutureChurch and he is dedicated, perceptive and an all-around great guy. Phil and Linda Marcin

  5. Thanks, Conni, for sharing this. Happy birthday, late!! I, too, get so much inspiration for you millennials and I thank God for all of you.

  6. Thanks, Conni! Great to know our unity in Christ!

    P.S. Have a great year… celebrate the Gift of your Life!

    Peace!

  7. Very well stated Conni! Thanks for sharing these thoughts on the Millennials. May your 70th year of your birth be filled with lots of laughter, joy, peace and most of all love.

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