Our individual Dominican Youth programs, originally founded through a collaboration of Sister Gina Fleming, OP and Sister Patricia Brady, OP in 1999, have served over 4,000 high school students, college students, and young adults. What began with a small conference for high school students has grown beyond their wildest expectations.

The Dominican youth programs make the connection between the Dominican tradition of preaching and the participants’ own call to preach, while also fulfilling the demand for leadership training and preaching opportunities.

  • We Recognize the need to expand the reach of Dominican youth programs.
  • We Believe that young people are searching for a way to connect spiritually and ethically to their broader world.
  • We Know that the Dominican tradition of preaching speaks to our youth and helps them to fulfill their own search for God, community and a sustainable life.

The Dominican Youth Movement USA (DYMUSA) brings together the various existing Dominican youth programs, unifying their support and promoting their collective social impact. It has created a network for our young people to further develop their own call to preach.

Who We Are

We are a partnership of people committed to passing on and integrating the Dominican charism into our lives. We are lay people. We are women and men religious. We are community members. We are Today’s youth and Tomorrow’s leaders. We believe that we are All called to Preach, We are All called to Be Leaders in our Church and We are All called to Live and Pass On the Good News.

Our Mission

The Dominican Youth Movement USA connects today’s youth and young adults to the Dominican tradition of preaching and the participant’s own call to preach. Through our programs and workshops that offer a time, place, and context for establishing impactful relations, we build faith and strengthen our young people’s commitment to God, community, family, preaching, social, justice and the Dominican Order

Our Vision

The Dominican Youth Movement USA reinforces and expands the Dominican Charism to Christian youth and young adults; creating future leaders of the Church who will preach the Good News as they share, explore, and integrate their faith with family, community and the world.

Our Values

At the core of the Dominican Life are the Dominican values of prayer, study, community, and ministry. The Dominican Youth Movement USA guides our youth and young adults through our values of:

Prayer- the heart of a spiritual life

Study-understanding that truth is never complete and there is always more to know and understand

Community– staying connected to God, our individual lives and the world around us

Ministry– integrating a life of service with a life of faith, preaching through word and action

The Dominican Tradition – Hounds of the Lord

The Dominican Tradition

Men and women of the Order of Preachers, the Dominicans, have been on mission in the United States for more than two centuries. The mission given them by St. Dominic de Guzman (1170-1221) from the founding of the Order, is to proclaim the Word of God by preaching, teaching and example, while sustained by life in common.

Dominican spirituality is centered in the Word of God.

  • The creative Word has been proclaimed by such members
    as Thomas Aquinas and Meister Eickhart.
  • The incarnate Word has been proclaimed by Catherine of Siena and all who contemplate and preach the mystery of Jesus Christ.
  • The revealed Word has engaged those who have studied and taught theology and Scripture in every century.

The single mission of the Order of Preachers embraces many ministries, developed as needed to bring the Word of God to people in varying societies and circumstances. St. Dominic had this in mind when he urged the first members of the Order to identify with each culture, to listen to the voice of the poor, to those who sought deeper meaning in life and who sought to know God.

The twofold motto of the Order continues to be Veritas, in a world hungering for truth; and Caritas, the equally urgent need for human compassion and mercy.

The Order of Preachers is composed of men and women of four branches: friars, who may be priests or brothers; cloistered nunssisters; and laity. Dominic de Guzman was called to ministry in the universal Church. His followers have proclaimed the Gospel around the world to peoples never known to the founder, including those of the Americas.

This information is courtesy of DomLife, a web crossroads for the Order of Preachers

Hounds of the Lord | What’s up with the dog and torch?

The Dominican dog goes back to a vision St. Dominic’s mother supposedly had before she had him. Struggling with infertility, she was making a pilgrimage to the Abbey of Santo Domingo de Silos in Spain when she dreamed that a dog jumped from her womb holding a torch and set everything around them and the world on fire. Soon after, she conceived a son with her husband and named him after the 11th century St. Dominic of Silos, for whom the abbey she had visited had been named.

The dream was prescient due to a play on words in Latin: although Dominic called his order the Order of Preachers, it would later come to be known as the Dominicans; in Latin, that’s Dominicanus, which is very similar to domini canis, or “dog/hound of the Lord.”

Given the order’s charism for zealous preaching of the Gospel, the story and the play on words seemed fitting! So, to this day, the Dominicans are nicknamed the “hounds of the Lord.”