Recognizing the need for students to be more engaged with the charism, individuals from multiple Dominican communities crafted the idea of a gathering for the high schools where they could learn more about the history and values of the Order. The first Dominican High Schools Preaching Conference was held in the summer of 1999. To date, hundreds of students have participated in these annual gatherings, and Marian Catholic has been involved since the very beginning.
One of the results of our participation in this conference was the creation of the Dominican Preaching program. The rising seniors who attend the conference are challenged to take what they learn and bring it back to school where they share it as part of this important leadership role. The position has developed over time, but today’s Preachers serve as the student faith leaders of the Marian Catholic community. They often preach in a way many would expect by sharing reflections at a pulpit. The greater challenge is for them to find the preacher within as they “preach from the pulpit of their lives.” This means living the Dominican charism in all that they do. The Preachers play an integral role in Campus Ministry where they help to plan prayer services, design and lead workshops at class retreats, and promote various service projects. The Preachers also open and close every school day with prayer.