Young Adult USA Formed
Danielle Douglas, NY, Allie Jeffs, IN, Daniel Breitfeller,
OH, Kimmi Ferrari, NY Seated: Jenn Purcell, IL, Elizabeth
COLUMBUS, OH , - This past weekend,
close to twenty young adults gathered here at Ohio
Dominican University, to discuss creating Dominican Young Adult USA. On Saturday,
July 21, 2007, the group unanimously agreed that this was the time
and they were ready to answer the call.
This group is formed to help those
who are Dominican by their formation -- in Dominican High Schools,
Colleges, Universities, parishes and other Dominican experiences--
to continue their connection with the Order. The connection includes
deepening their relationship with God and the world through the
four pillars of study, prayer, community and ministry. Each group
of young adults will have as a mentor a friar, sister, associate,
laity or nun.
Vowed members of the Order helped to
set the stage. Mary Ellen O’Grady, OP (Sinsinawa)
Executive Director of the Dominican
Leadership Conference spoke
about the common context and language of the Dominican Order. Friday
morning’s presentation by Arlene Flaherty, OP(Blauvelt)
was entitled A Call to Dominican Life and
Mission: Story-telling, Begin Family and Paving the Pathway to
Peace. Luke LaTour,
OP, (St. Martin) extolled the Preaching Of
and In Our Lives emphasizing the need to know who you are
when you preach. On Saturday morning, Margaret Ormond, OP,(Columbus)
Former Director of Dominican Sisters
International (DSI) and Rose
Ann Schlitt, OP (Adrian) Dominican Volunteers International, shared
the fullness of the Order in over 100 countries.
Later that afternoon, Jenn Schaaf (Columbus) , associate, and
Mary Soher, OP (Adrian) reviewed the growth of the movement and
recounted their participation at the representative assembly last
August in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
By Saturday evening, the group decided
to form an interim board consisting of a representative from each
of the four regions of those who attended the meeting. Two young
adults will share the responsibilities of keeping the communications
flowing among all those interested. In addition, committees were
set up to look at the Mission/Vision Statements of the group, to
begin formulating initial and on-going formation materials, a group
to plan next year’s gathering and a committee to look at
the organizational structure.
Some Background to the Dominician Youth Movement
The IDYM, International
Young Adult Movement, started in Ireland in the early 1990’s when young
adults were looking for small faith communities and felt the draw
of the Dominican charism. By 1995, Father Timothy Radcliffe, OP,
then Master of the Order, met with the young and encouraged them
to dream. In Spain in 1996 almost 300 youth between the ages of
18 and 35 gathered under the theme, “Drinking from Our Own
Well.” Representatives were present from Africa, Asia and
Latin America in addition to Europe.
In the 1998 Chapter of the Dominican Friars in Bologna, Italy, a
the IDYM was invited to attend. It was at this gathering that the
recognized this group as part of the Domincian Family.
Sister Pat Brady (Adrian) became interested in the second gathering
in Spain in
1997. It was from this energy that the Dominican High School Preaching
Conference was born. In 2002, Sister Gina Fleming, OP (Amityville),
Madeleine Murphy, OP (Sparkill) collaborated to launch the first
University “Preaching In Action” Conference. The outgrowth
of both conferences
is now the Dominican Young Adults USA. This movement will be designed,
implemented and promoted by the young adults on fire with the Dominican
The formation of this new entity will allow our young adults from
States to make the leap into the International scene and begin the
membership in IDYM (the International Dominican Youth Movement).
adults who become members of DYA USA will be invited to attend the
gathering of IDYM to be held in Portugal in 2009.