The tradition continues! For the fourth year in a row, the vespers service for the month of November at the Motherhouse of the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Amityville were celebrated and led by the Molloy Chapter of Dominican Young Adults USA.
The tradition began in 2016 as part of the celebration of the 800th Anniversary of the Dominican Order. As the Gathering Song began and the presider and preacher processed into St. Albert the Great Chapel, one could feel a great excitement that filled the room.
The Molloy Chapter of Dominican Young Adults USA is blessed with young adults with beautiful voices, who led the songs and psalms. It was evident looking around the chapel at the sisters and associates as well as the parents and families of these young adults that they were moved by these young adults.
“What a beautiful expression of God’s love and how it has touched each of these young people through our Charism.”, one sister said. It was very clear from all in attendance that the “Dominican Spirit and Charism” were infused in all of them”, said another sister.
Each year at Vespers, the Molly Chapter of Dominican Young Adults USA takes this time for new young adults to commit and for returning members to recommit to “living out the Four Pillars of Dominican Life: Prayer, Study, Community, and Mission.” At the conclusion of the commitment ceremony, the entire congregation responded by resoundingly accepting their commitment and encouraged them to “stay the course.”
Fifteen young people attended the service with many re-committing to membership in the organization.
Sr. Gina, Director of the Dominican Youth Movement USA, spoke of the event saying, “It was so moving to see how these young people have embodied the Dominican spirit. They have claimed their place in the Dominican Family and they are very proud of it. Oh yes, my sisters, the Dominican Charism is alive and well in our young people and they will pass it on long after we are gone! That is a great sign of HOPE for our future! Our beloved Charism is in ‘Good Hands.'”