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.
By Sister Jean Williams, OP
September 7, 2016, Wilmette, Illinois – Legacy is about interconnectedness. It is about honoring the past, living in the present, and building for the future.
The new Legacy Wall displayed outside of chapel of Regina Dominican tells the story of the Adrian Dominican Sisters who are integral to the life and history of the high school. Since 1958, more than 150 sisters have served as administrators and teachers in our school. Through their leadership, teaching, and interaction with students, they brought to life the charism of the Dominican Order and the Mission and Vision of the Adrian Dominican Sisters. Their legacy continues to this day.
The Legacy Wall reminds us that Regina Dominican has a rich history. The power of this history enables us to live fully in the present while envisioning a vibrant future for the school. It provides a strong foundation of prayer, study, community, and service to support all that we do today and in the days to come.
We give praise and thanks to God for the many Sisters who helped create our proud history. We give thanks for the continued sponsorship of the Adrian Dominican Sisters who give us life through their mission and vision.
Regina Dominican’s current students are also integral to the life and legacy of the school. In this video of the freshman retreat, edited by Lauren Murphy, students and faculty members show why they love Regina Dominican.