Dominican High Schools’ Preaching Conference a Life-Changing Opportunity

By Laura Youngblood, St. Mary's Dominican High School, Class of 2016
By Laura Youngblood, St. Mary’s Dominican High School, Class of 2016

Forming a lifelong bond in a week seems nearly impossible; however, during the 17th Annual Dominican High School Preaching Conference, I made countless friendships and relationships with other student preachers from Dominican high schools around the country. As one of the eight newly selected student preachers from St. Mary’s Dominican High School, I traveled to Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan, to attend a week-long conference filled with prayer, seminars and group activities.

Soon after arriving, our group settled into our dorm rooms and toured the university’s beautiful campus. A few icebreakers relieved any anxiety before the conference began. It was easy to feel overwhelmed with the large number of students, but that night we were all divided into our small, intimate Home Groups. In my Home Group were six amazingly kind and unique students from all corners of the nation and two adult mentors from different Dominican high schools. Our group met daily to discuss the day’s events and our unique experiences. Home Group became my “home.” I always looked forward to sharing stories and experiences. Continue reading →

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Sr. Mary Catherine Hilkert to Speak at Women of the Church National Conference

women-of-church-logoDominican Sister of Peace Mary Catherine Hilkert, OP, will speak at 2016 Women of the Church National Conference.

Responding to Pope Francis’ call for “a more incisive presence” of women in the Church, two Indiana Benedictine institutions are co-hosting “Women of the Church: Strength of the Past. Hope for Tomorrow. A Catholic Leadership Conference.”

The conference seeks to recognize and support the many ways that women participate in the mission of the Catholic Church. Although the conference is more than a year away, the planning committee has already prepared a program of keynote speakers, breakout sessions, liturgies and cultural events.

The conference, which is open to Catholic men and women, will be held October 7-9, 2016. Hosting the event are Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, St. Meinrad, IN, and the Sisters of Saint Benedict of Ferdinand, IN, where the conference will be held.

The conference will feature three nationally known keynote speakers.

  • Dr. Carolyn Woo, president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, will speak on “Working for a Better World: God, Neighbor, Self.”
  • Dr. Kathleen Sprows Cummings, director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame and an associate professor of American studies and history, will give a talk on models of Catholic women’s leadership.
  • Dominican Sisters of Peace Mary Catherine Hilkert, OP, professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame, will be speaking on “Go and Tell: The Testimony of Women and the Faith of the Church.”

Archbishop Joseph Tobin, CSsR, of Indianapolis, IN, and Bishop Charles Thompson of Evansville, IN, will also participate in the program. Topics for the breakout sessions will include leadership formation, vocational discernment, spirituality, Catholic health care, youth ministry, the Benedictine charism, and cultivating leaders for a multicultural Church.

The conference is designed for both women and men in the Church, including professional lay ecclesial ministers, scholars, teachers, youth and campus ministers, active parish leaders and volunteers, healthcare providers and social workers, religious and those discerning a call.

For the schedule and more information on conference speakers, visit the conference website.

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Sr. Bea Tiboldi – Makes First Profession of Vows

beaprofessionSr. Beata (Bea) Tiboldi professed first vows amid a joyous celebration on Saturday, July 11 in the Akron Motherhouse Chapel, OH. Click here for photos.

Sr. Therese Leckert welcomed Bea’s American host family, friends, as well as Sisters and Associates to the Eucharistic Liturgy . With the presider, Rev. Gordon A. Yahner, Sr. Margaret Ormond, OP, Prioress, blessed the congregation with holy water. Readers were Srs. Joye Gros and Megan McElroy (Grand Rapids) Directors of the Collaborative Dominican Novitiate in St. Louis, MO. Associate Madelein Breen led the responsorial psalm. Continue reading →

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