St. Mary’s Dominican student preachers follow St. Dominic

This summer, six fellow students and I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Adrian, Michigan, for the 16th annual national Dominican High Schools Preaching Conference with our school mentors, Adrian Dominican Sister Pat Harvat and Marcia Peyton. St. Mary’s Dominican has sent students to this conference since it began in 1999.

This year, we were among 104 students from 26 Dominican schools from around the United States and Puerto Rico.

The weeklong conference focused on deepening our own Dominican faith so that we can further educate and inspire our school communities through prayer, study, community and service.

Even though we did not know any of the other students in attendance, we made instant friendships through the one thing we had in common: our Dominican tradition.

Through lectures and activities, we prayed for the Holy Spirit to inspire us to follow in St. Dominic’s footsteps and spread God’s word to everyone we meet. We learned about the history of the Dominican saints through interactive and inspiring sessions. We danced and sang our hearts out at Masses and learned to make preaching a living dynamic in our daily lives.

On the day focused on service, we were sent to various sites in the Adrian area. As I pulled knee-high weeds and trimmed overgrown trees in the Michigan heat, I truly began to realize what St. Dominic meant when he taught Dominicans to be itinerant.

We may not have done much yard work that day, but maybe we did just enough to inspire the people who saw us do something good for someone else.

It is difficult to put into words just how thankful I am for the opportunity to attend this conference. It was an experience like none other, and I am eager and excited to see what this school year will bring for us student preachers at St. Mary’s Dominican as we participate in student body Masses, plan and lead prayer services, write and deliver afternoon prayer for the school, help with retreats and visit with retired Dominican sisters.

Sarah Trumbaturi is a junior at St. Mary’s Dominican. Other student preachers this year include Mylinh Bui, Catherine DeBuys, Brooke Duplantier, Shea Moreau, Virginia Quinlan, Amy Sequeira, Kristin Selle, Viche Stevenson and Emma Vincent.

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