December 9, 2016, Wilmette, Illinois – Regina Dominican High School students have hosted a number of special activities during the festive season that runs from Thanksgiving through Advent.
Hearing of the report by Catholic Charities USA that 46 million Americans live in poverty, the school community brought in 22 boxes of food and baby formula for the annual Thanksgiving food drive. This donation will be given to Catholic Charities, which will make a difference in the lives of those who live in poverty.
Classes took up the challenge to be the leader in bringing the most items during the six-day collection. The next opportunity to partner with Catholic Charities for the holidays is the Christmas Giving Tree Program.
Sister Donna Markham, OP, the first woman to serve as President and CEO of Catholic Charities USA, is a Regina Dominican alumna.
Through the school’s Giving Tuesday program, generous donors contributed enough money for six full-year tuitions. Regina Dominican’s Giving Tuesday goal was to “Fund 4 Years” by raising $27,800 – the equivalent of two years of tuition – to receive a matching amount. In the end, the campaign raised $59,000, in addition to the matching gift of $27,800 – enough for six tuitions.
Regina Dominican Preachers – students who had participated in the Dominican High Schools Preaching Conference – created a multi-media prayer service to begin the Season of Advent. The service included the description of the meaning, symbols, and tradition of the Advent wreath.
As each of the four candles and a Christ candle were placed in the Advent wreath, the assembly sang the words, “O come, O come, Emanuel.” Members of the assembly raised their hands to bless the wreath and reflected on a Scripture reading to enter into the Advent spirit.
The Advent wreath was then taken to the student entrance at the school, where it will remain during the weeks of Advent.
Article submitted by Sister Mary Jean Williams, OP
By Sister Mary Jean Williams, OP
September 14, 2016, Wilmette, Illinois – During the Back to School Liturgy on September 1, the Regina Dominican High School community commissioned student Dominican Preachers.
Father Peter Wojcik asked the assembly to extend their hands toward the Dominican Preachers, who offer reflections during school liturgies and prayer services and take leadership in promoting the Dominican heritage and spirituality to the school community. as he read the prayer of blessing:
“Loving God, source of all wisdom and knowledge, we ask you to bless and guide these young women as they offer themselves in a special service to the school community as Dominican Preachers,” Father Wojcik prayed. “Strengthen them with your gifts, that they may preach by word and example the truth that comes from you. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ and through the intercession of St. Dominic and St. Catherine of Siena.”
The Dominican Preachers promised with the help of God, St. Dominic and St. Catherine of Siena to live the Dominican pillars of prayer, study, and community in their words and actions.
Rachel Lucas, Olivia Janickas, Lauren Murphy, and Kirby Weiland had attended the Annual Dominican High Schools Preaching Conference, held June 24-29, 2016, at Siena Heights University in Adrian. The conference focuses on teaching students from more than 30 Dominican high schools various ways to preach through their lives. The new student preachers were amazed that so many Adrian Dominican Sisters whom they met at the conference had either attended or ministered at Regina Dominican.
Emma Dunderdale, Kaitlin Clancy, Grace Tamisiea, and Margaret McNaughton had attended the 2015 Dominican High Schools Preaching Conference and continue their role as student Dominican preachers.