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Founders Week 2013


Each year Dominican College marks Founders Week, a campus-wide commitment to our heritage and celebration of the spirit of a founding member of the Dominican Order or a member of the Order who has made significant contributions to the world.

This year, Founders Week will be celebrated in the spirit of Mother Mary Ann Sammon, O.P., the founder of the Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt.

On Monday, September 23, at the College presented Sr. Terry Rickard, O.P., President of Renew International. RENEW International fosters spiritual renewal in the Catholic tradition by empowering individuals and communities to encounter God in everyday life, deepen and share faith, and connect faith with action.

Sr. Terry presented "Discover your Passion and the Courage to Follow It". In the course of her talk, she discussed finding one's passion, how to get unstuck, how to remember one's unique gifts, the 4 Ps - passion, pursuit, persistence, and patience - and how they related to Mother Mary Ann and the founding of St. Dominic's and Dominican College, how one must fail in order to succeed, and how surrounding oneself with other passionate people can ignite a spark that changes the world. View pictures here.

On Tuesday, September 24, Matthew Robertson,'08, delivered the Living the Legacy Lecture. Matthew was recognized with the 2013 Badami Outstanding Alumnus Award at 2013 commencement. He is a popular teacher at Tappan Zee High School where he teaches in an interactive and experiential mode.

Matt discussed how the people who had taught him during his time at Dominican College have had a huge impact on how he lives his life as both a teacher and as a human being, for which he shows infectious enthusiasm. He also discussed how much the students he has had the pleasure to teach have changed him for the better. Matt stressed the importance of lifelong learning and growing and left his audience with 2 thoughts about history. One, that there will always be struggle and two, that people who are motivated and passionate will make positive differences in the lives of others. View pictures here.

On Wednesday, September 25, campus community members gathered for the "Campus Footpath to our Past" walk - a procession to the grave of our founder, Mother Mary Ann Sammon. Sr. Kathleen recounted the history of Mother Mary Ann and the Sisters of Blauvelt, including our current history. Sr. Barbara Werner laid a lovely bouquet at Mother Mary Ann's grave, and Sr. Barbara McEneany offered an inclusive prayer. Next, participants offered petitions. Refreshments were served afterward in the lobby of Rosary Hall with the chapel as a background and Sr. Julia O'Brien and Sr. M. Corde Corrigan lead those gathered in song - a piece Sr. Julia had written some 50 years prior about the founding of the convent and orphanage. View pictures here.
 
On Thursday, September 26, the College community celebrated the Spirit of the Founders’ Awards and annual barbecue. This award is presented in celebration of the heritage of the College and in acknowledgement of the giftedness of Dominican students. This year, recognition was given to all members of the campus community who donated their time, energy, and needed items to the victims of Hurricane Sandy. There was also a celebratory barbecue that included a performance by a stunt bicyclist. View pictures here.
 
On Thursday, September 26, current students Monique Lalanne and Dre Constable presented Walking in the Footsteps of Dominic - a recounting of their trip to Fanjeaux, France. This annual international study experience brings together faculty, administrators, students and staff from U.S. Dominican schools in the medieval hilltop town where St. Dominic's vision of an order devoted to seeking and sharing the truth took shape from 1206 to 1216. View pictures here.
 
On Friday, September 27, students participated in Preaching in Action. This year, the service project was part of the United Way Day of Caring - working with Keep Rockland Beautiful to clean a portion of the Nauraushaun Brook. A local pizza place, situated on that section of the Nauraushaun Brook, donated a slice of pizza to each volunteer as a thank you for the hard work. United Way Day of Caring helps local not-for-profits by providing volunteers for a day. View pictures here.

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