“When Dominicans serve their neighbors, wherever it may be, they are serving Christ. They fulfill the two great commandments of the law, the love of God, and the love of neighbor.”
-St. Catherine of Siena (Dominican Saint and Doctor of the Church)
Uppermost among Dominican’s goals as a Catholic school is to instill in each student knowledge of Christian moral values while urging the practice of ethical behavior based on these values. All of the religious activities at St. Mary’s Dominican reveal a pastoral, reflective, and contemplative stance. The spiritual life of the school is nurtured by the four Dominican pillars of prayer, study, community,and service.
Liturgies & Prayer
Prayer and a prayerful attitude is central and incorporated into every aspect of school life. The Office of Dominican Catholic Identity provides opportunities for spiritual growth through student-centered active participation in Masses, reconciliation services, praying the Rosary, and Lenten reflections.
Students celebrate their Catholic identity by getting involved, not only in the planning and sharing of all liturgies, prayer services, and retreats, but also through the Christian Leadership Council whose members coordinate various activities throughout the year and some of whom attend the National Dominican High School Preaching Conference. Activities include: Adopt-A-Family through Catholic Charities, Second Harvesters Lenten Food Drive, serving food at Ozanam Inn, visiting Crescent House, World Youth Day, Walk for the Hungry (Bread for the World), Walk for the Poor(St. Vincent de Paul).
Service to the Community
Service is integral to Dominican life. To enable students to live this component, all students are required to complete 100 hours of service by March of their junior year. Upon completion, students write an essay reflecting on what they have learned and experienced during their service. In addition, students are interviewed by a member of the Office of Dominican Catholic Identity about their service experiences, exploring how it fostered self-knowledge and awareness of others and reinforcing the continuation of service throughout their lives. Over 35,000 hours of community service are contributed by Dominican students each year.
The Dominican motto, VERITAS (Truth), invites students to question, to discover, and to translate the message of Christ into action for everyday living during a critical time in their lives. This is a time when young people begin to question and often struggle with their faith. Our retreats offer a comfortable setting for examining and talking about students’ relationship with God, themselves, and others. The exploration consists of a directed day set aside for reflection with topics appropriate for each grade level. At the junior level, students experience an overnight retreat, which allows them to concentrate more deeply on their interior lives in a setting conducive to peaceful reflection.
The Donum Dei Adoration Chapel
The Donum Dei Adoration Chapel in honor of St. Martin de Porres at St. Mary’s Dominican High School, located in the center of our school, represents our belief that Jesus, Veritas, is at the center of Dominican Catholic education. We invite you to visit the chapel and to pray for the spcial intentions of the entire Dominican community. The sounds of the daily school operations become not a distraction, but a part of prayer. With Mary, the patroness of our school, let us together praise, bless, and preach God’s holy Word! If you would like to become a committed adorer or to request prayers, please contact the Office of Dominican Catholic Identity at 865-9401, ext. 4119.