For me, this was one of the best experiences I have had. It was definitely a way that helped me get closer to my faith and see everything through a new pair of glasses. Preaching is not just standing in front of people, it is also done through painting, writing, and my favorite ... dancing. DYMUSA has really helped me bring everything I learned to my university back home and being able to teach others and have a similar experience.
I attended the Dominican College Preaching in Action Conference the summer of 2018. The conference was focused on igniting the Dominican spirit in students through teaching the Dominican charisms and giving students an environment in which to grow as a preacher. I build lasting frienships in the span of a week because of the inclusive community. I discovered new things about myself, specifically how I might best use my talents to preach the Dominican ideals that I value to those around me.
My involvement in DYMUSA began with my involvement in the Preaching in Action Conference my freshman year in college and has taken me through graduation and seven year later I am still proud to be involved with the DYA Molloy chapter as an alumni member. At Molloy, we meet each month for prayer, reflection, sharing and service projects intermittent. The group is so unique comprised of Dominican sisters, college students, alumni and others that gives a different perspective to the prayer and brings people together in a way no other group does. DYMUSA and its groups allow young adults to find commonality in their faith and allows them to work in community to develop that faith through the four pillars. These programs allow young adults to take a paramount role in their faith and preach with the pulpit of their lives. My involvement has helped me to develop as man of faith and has allowed me to travel all love the world through the International Dominican Youth Movement meeting people from all over the world that share the same passion for the Gospel and social justice. My involvement in these programs have opened doors for me and brought opportunities and people into my life that I could have never imagined. These programs really allow the youth to explore their faith and find their way.
DYM USA has had a huge impact on my life! I attended one of their conferences (pre-DYMUSA which now fall under this umbrella) in 2006 and was challenged to live my faith and life in service to others. In my first few years with this organization, I was introduced to some great mentors who have helped form me into the man I am today. Sister Gina (the Exec. Dir.) has a passion and gift for caring for others and leading them to grow in their faith. She is truly an expert at her craft and is leading DYM USA in the right direction for future growth. Today, my wife and I financially support DYM USA monthly because we believe in its mission to help teach/share/spread the Dominican Charism of Preaching to youth and young adults.
I have been part of DYMUSA for several years. I am a Dominican Sister of Amityville and I work at Molloy College in Rockville Centre as Campus Minister. At Molloy, we have a very active Dominican Young Adult group consisting of approximately 15 young adults. Each month we gather for meetings which always include prayer, reflection, sharing and sometimes some sort of service. Our group is very active in our motherhouse in Amityville and the sisters love when the young adults visit! Some of our young adults participated in the chapter this summer for the Dominican Sisters of Amityville. Their input and presence was energizing for all of the sisters gathered! Most of our young adults have graduated form Molloy and are now working, but have remained faithful to our group.
I also bring students each year to the Dominican Colleges Preaching in Action Conference. This conference deepens their understanding of Dominican Life and Missions and helps them to understand thier own personal gifts and talents in order to "preach within their own lives." Many of the students that attend this conference become of our Dominican Young Adult group.
These groups certainly have inspired me in my vocation as a Dominican Woman Religious and certainly keep our charism going! We may not be receiving many new vowed members, but DYMUSA keeps our mission alive!
DYMUSA has played a large role in my life and I am so glad to be a part of it, helping inspire the lives of others. As a high school student, I participated in the Youth Preaching Workshop as both a participant and two years later as a student mentor. They were one of the first places where I was introduced to sacred and liturgical dance. Since then, I had sharing my gift of dance to many others, even dancing at World Youth Day and starting my own company The Moving Prayer. Ten years later, everything came full-circle and I now teach dance for both the Youth Preaching Workshops and the National College Preaching in Action Conference. What DYMUSA offers is an incredible opportunity for young people to not only explore different ways of preaching but to discover what makes them unique and how they can use that to share the love of God.
My experience with the Dominican Youth Movement has been life changing. I attended the National College Preaching in Action Conference in 2007 and learned about the Dominican charism and grew spiritually. I truly found my voice as a preacher, not just from the pulpit, but also through the arts and through action. This lead to my participation in the Dominican Young Adults, where I cultivated relationships with other likeminded spiritual companions. Due to my experiences with this organization, I was able to connect with Dominican Volunteers, USA and the International Dominican Youth Movement. As a board member, I hope to spread the word and ensure the success of these programs to other youth in the USA and throughout the world.
I served as a Dominican Volunteer with the Dominican Youth Movenemt USA in 2017-2018. The programs that are offered by DYMUSA allow youth and young adults like myself to get connected to what it means to be Dominican and make the four pillars of Dominican life active in our lives. Throughout the years it seems that Jesus’ message to us has become ever complicated. Yet, for me and these students, through the Four Pillars (rooted in apostolic tradition) and ideals of Dominican Life it has become clear and an integral part of our lives.
Joan Scanlon OP
For many years, I have been a supporter of the College Preaching Conference from a distance.
For the last two years, I have participated in the Conference and have seen up close and personal how effective it is. iGen students put aside their “devices” to spend time in Study, Prayer, Community and Service. They return with the seeds of these experiences growing within them and finding new expressions in their college lives and in their hopes and dreams for the future. Our world needs these reflective and committed young men and women. The Dominican Youth Movement provides an amazing place for these future leaders to grow and find ways to preach with a new fire.
What happens when high school students and college students gather from around the country? They discover the preacher within and become empowered by those who share their love for God and others to go out and set the world on fire. By supporting this organization, you make it possible for today's youths to speak their Truth with courage, love and compassion in their schools, churches and communities! Each of the week-long conferences offer a wide variety of experiences that promote preaching, from private journaling and communal prayer to service and art. There is so much to experience and share!
DYM USA is a beautiful way for young people to come together and connect through faith, spirituality, leadership, service, and community. Teens and young adults alike can share in life altering experiences, like I did, that give them the courage, support, and strength to live each day as a Dominican Preacher and spread the Word of God as a living example of God love.