Dominican's Catherine of Siena Prayer Celebration, which took place in late April, was a definite highlight of this past spring semester. Performing as St. Dominican Guzman, founder of the Order of the Preachers, I helped to lead the prayer celebration with fellow sophomores Sarah Gromek and Megan Graves, along with Community-based Learning Director MaDonna Thelen. My fellow actors performed as St. Catherine of Siena, St. Rose of Lima, and Mary Magdalene, the first holy preacher. We each preached to the audience of 175 people about following the light of Christ, a guide of truth entangled with love. St. Catherine of Siena was our source of inspiration, a lay Dominican from the 14thcentury. This well attended prayer celebration is an annual event unique to Dominican University.
In preparation for my study abroad trip to Rome in January, I have started studying Italian. I have never traveled to Italy before! I would probably not have taken the opportunity to travel to Europe so early in my life if I was not attending Dominican. Since I am going to spend just over one week in the famed European city I thought I should make the most of my time there. I am shooting for ‘proactive world traveler’ and not ‘ignorant tourist.’ My study abroad experience will exceptionally enrich my overall academic career at Dominican University. The course attached to the program is called The Art of Renaissance and Baroque Rome: 1400 -1700. My peers and I will attend two slide show lectures in November so that we receive plenty of background information. Participants are required to purchase a guidebook compiled by Dominican faculty and staff, along with a just under 200-page textbook. The whole experience will be capped-off with a momentous essay.