2017 Dominican High Schools Preaching Conference – Action Plans

June 23-28, 2017

 

We, the Dominican preachers of Albertus Magnus of Bardonia, New York, sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill, commit to preach the Gospel in the following ways:

  • To make students and faculty more aware of the Four Pillars and our Dominican traditions.
  • To make our liturgies and prayer services more meaningful and inclusive through art and technology.
  • To continue to promote the Dominican call to justice.

 

We, the Dominican preachers of Colegio San Antonio, Isabella, Puerto Rico, sponsored by the Amityville Dominican Sisters, commit to preach the Gospel in the following ways:

  • We will connect with people to God through the arts. One of the ways we believe our peers will be engaged is by dancing.
  • By applying the concepts we learned, we plan to have more social justice projects.

 

We, the Dominican preachers of Dominican High School, Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa, commit to preach the Gospel in the following ways:

  • We will integrate heart language Our Father at every Mass.
  • Integrating movement into prayer experiences.

 

We, the Dominican preachers of Edgewood High School, Madison, Wisconsin, sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa, commit to preach the Gospel in the following ways:

  • Be mentors in our peer ministry class as we engage our classmates in planning and leading meaningful liturgies that incorporate our Dominican heritage and four pillars.
  • During our school’s Fine Arts Week, Involve our student artists in leading other students in hands-on sessions that encourage preaching through the arts.

 

We, the Dominican preachers of Fenwick High School, Oak Park, Illinois, sponsored by the Friars of Central Province, St. Albert the Great, commit to preach the Gospel in the following ways:

  • Using morning prayer to educate and reflect on current events, using the signs of the times
  • Forming a network of Dominican preachers in Chicagoland area.
  • Furthering the knowledge of our Dominican heritage by creating pamphlets explaining each artwork located around the school.

 

We, the Dominican preachers of Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, La Canada, California, sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, commit to preach the Gospel in the following ways:

  • We plan to preach in our own heart languages as we are an international boarding school.
  • Explore the idea of sustainability when making decisions on school lunch packaging.
  • Integrate technology into our Masses.
  • Set in place an outreach program spanning the entire year where clubs come together to help a cause they are passionate about.

 

We, the Dominican preachers of Immaculate Conception Academy from San Francisco, California, sponsored by the Dominican Sister of Mission San Jose, commit to preach the Gospel in the following ways:

  • Being preachers in action to work within our school and the community to address social justice issues.
  • To incorporate different ways of preaching the Gospel and to help our community remember their messages
  • To preach though the arts, to run workshops on making rosaries, Morovian stars, and others.

 

We, the Dominican preachers of Marian Catholic High School from Chicago Heights, Illinois, sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, commit to preach the Gospel in the following ways:

  • We will promote preaching in action through the example of our own involvement in service projects.
  • We will celebrate diversity by highlighting the numerous cultures that are part of our school community
  • We will encourage a love of study so that our study will help us to love and bring light to the darkness in our world.
  • Emphasize Dominican values so Marian Catholic is better able to understand, live, and celebrate our charism

 

We, the Dominican preachers of Mount St. Dominic Academy, from Caldwell, New Jersey, sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Caldwell, commit to preach the Gospel in the following ways:

  • We intend to close each prayer service with the Dominican blessing and the sign of peace.
  • We commit to developing a three-year strategic plan to become a more sustainable school community.
  • We will act out the Gospel during a few prayers services this school year.
  • We intend to make service a more vital component to the Dominican Preacher community.

 

We, the Dominican preachers of Our Lady of the Elms High School, Akron, Ohio, sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Peace, commit to preach the Gospel in the following ways:

  • We will establish a community-wide book club or reading group that focuses on St. Dominic and the Dominican saints. We can meet once per month before school starts in the morning.
  • The Dominican Pillars are now only in evidence in one place. We’ll work with the art class on design that can be used throughout the school buildings.

 

We, the Dominican preachers of Regina Dominican High School, Wilmette, Illinois, sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Adrian, commit to preach the Gospel in the following ways:

  • We will increase student engagement with the Gospel with Gospel reflections in our school’s newspaper.
  • We will connect to Dominican roots by becoming pen pals with Adrian Dominican Sisters assigned to each homeroom and connecting our service to Dominican ministries when possible.
  • We will continue Dominican community by forming a network of Dominican preachers in Chicagoland area.

 

We, the Dominican preachers of Rosary High School, Aurora, Illinois, sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, commit to preach the Gospel in the following ways:

  • We commit to educating Rosary about the Dominican traditions and implement them into our school life.
  • We commit to living up to our school name by praying the rosary learning about its history.
  • We commit to introducing a day dedicated to serving those affected by social injustices.

 

We, the Dominican preachers of Sacred Heart High School, Los Angeles, California, sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, commit to preach the Gospel in the following ways:

  • Reintroduce our Dominican saints and our class patron saints in new ways and at various times.
  • We’d like to become more knowledgeable about the signs of times, especially dealing openly with racism.

 

We, the Dominican preachers of Sacred Heart-Griffin High School, Springfield, Illinois, sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, commit to preach the Gospel in the following ways:

  • To share the experience of this conference with others and to preach the Dominican values throughout our school.
  • To continue our new bonds with our sister schools, Marian Catholic and Rosary High School.

 

We, the Dominican preachers of San Gabriel Mission High School, San Gabriel, California, sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, commit to preach the Gospel in the following ways:

  • We hope to use varied forms of prayer on our retreats and in our prayer services.
  • We’d like to introduce our Dominican saints to our school.
  • We hope to have a retreat focused on self-acceptance and self-love.

 

We, the Dominican preachers of St. Agnes Academic High School, College Point, New York, sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Amityville, commit to preach the Gospel in the following ways:

  • Concentrate on school-wide prayer services (liturgies), incorporating what we learned on this conference.
  • Connect with the food pantry in our neighborhood and arrange to volunteer monthly.

 

We, the Dominican preachers of St. Agnes Academy, Memphis, Tennessee, sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Peace, commit to preach the Gospel in the following ways:

  • We will improve our liturgies and prayer services using the information we learned here.

 

We, the Dominican preachers of St. Agnes Academy, Houston, Texas, sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Houston, commit to preach the Gospel in the following ways:

  • We will create an affirmation wall to ensure our preaching team feels loved and appreciated so they can embody our school theme of “courage to care” within our community.
  • We will create a culture of sustainable faith within our school by working with our campus ministry team to provide more opportunities to pray throughout the school year.

 

We, the Dominican preachers of St. Catherine High School, Racine, Wisconsin, sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Racine, commit to preach the Gospel in the following ways:

  • All preachers will participate in a leadership summit this fall to promote mentorship and school culture, rooted in the Dominican pillars. l students, especially new students to understand and participate in Mass
  • The Preachers will take part in teaching Masses and instruction to help all students, especially new and non-Catholic students, better understand and participate in Mass.
  • The Preachers will work together with Campus Ministry to plan our beginning of the year prayer service, incorporating elements we learned during our prayer planning sessions.

 

We, the Dominican preachers of St. John the Baptist High School, West Islip, New York, sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Amityville, commit to preach the Gospel in the following ways:

  • Work with Campus Ministry in preparing our school-wide prayer days.
  • Establish a Veritas Team with interested underclassmen.
  • Team Veritas will coordinate morning prayer once a month for the school community on our campus TV show.

 

 

We, the Dominican preachers of St. Mary’s College, Adelaide, Australia, sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of the Holy Cross, commit to preach the Gospel in the following  ways:

  • To study Dominican saints and apply their preaching to our present lives.
  • To develop close community with other Australian Dominican schools.

 

We, the Dominican preachers of St. Mary’s Dominican High School, New Orleans,  Louisiana, sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Peace, commit to preach the Gospel  in the following ways:

  • Incorporating a school-wide service day.
  • Monthly adoration available for students.

 

We, the Dominican preachers of St. Pius X High School, Houston, Texas, sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Houston, commit to preach the Gospel in the following ways:

  • We will attend temple services in one of our local synagogues to advance the ecumenical mission of the Order and the pillar of prayer.
  • We will participate in a local symposium, workshop, or conference on racism in a spirit of study in order to love.
  • We will partner with our own Dominican Sisters to have prayer partners for the year for all the members of the preaching team, celebrating our Dominican community.
  • We will, as a preaching team, engage in a service to the guests of Loaves and Fishes, a local soup kitchen and hospitality center for homeless men and women, using our gifts to preach.

 

We, the Dominican preachers of Trinity High School, River Forest, Illinois, sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa, commit to preach the Gospel in the following ways:

  • To share with our community the knowledge that we are part of a global Dominican family
  • As Dominicans, in words and actions, to seek embody the truth of our shared Gospel values.
  • We will integrate the use of different art forms into the liturgies we plan this year.