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Dominican Charism

Dominican Faith Identity at Fenwick High School

St Dominic de Guzman, founder of the Order of Preachers, filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, zealously made the proclamation of the Gospel his life’s mission. This zeal led him to preach God’s love and mercy in the region of southern France, and then to gather men around him, who he formed and then sent to establish communities across Europe. These Dominican communities served as places of education in the Christian faith, and locations where people could be formed in lives of prayer and service.
    • St. Dominic

Fenwick High School has this same zeal for proclaiming the Gospel and teaching people about God. The vision is for young men and women to leave Fenwick High School formed in the truths and practices of the Catholic faith, and equipped to be leaders in their future faith communities. The Dominican identity calls all those involved in campus ministry to follow in the footsteps of:

  • St. Thomas Aquinas, Blessed Imelda Lambertini, and St. Hyacinth of Poland in developing a devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and the Holy Mass.
  • St. PIus V, St. Louis de Montfort, and Blessed Reginald of Orleans by developing a strong devotion to Our Lord’s Blessed Mother, and seeking her intercession in difficult times. 
  • St. Martin de Porres, St. Juan Macias, Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, and St. Margaret of Hungary in lives of service to the poor and a call to be in solidarity with those excluded from society.
  • St. Rose of Lima, St. Catherine de Ricci, and the Rhineland mystics by coming to know God in a deep and abiding way.  This love of God is shown through the embrace of the quiet and taking time away from the busyness of the world to reflect and seek God’s guidance. 
  • St. Dominic de Guzman, St. Vincent Ferrer, and St. Catherine of Siena by bravely proclaiming God’s love for the world, the need for ongoing conversion, and the importance of regular reception of the Sacraments of Eucharist and Penance.
  • St. Peter Martyr, St. Lorenzo Ruiz, and St. John of Gorkum by courageously staying faithful to the Truths of the Catholic faith, no matter the cost.
  • St Raymond of Peñafort, Blessed Jordan of Saxony, and St. Agnes of Montepulciano by developing the leadership skill necessary to serve their faith communities, and to seek to bring others into the mission of loving and serving God and one’s neighbors.
For Dominicans yesterday and today, a holy life is a balanced life of prayer, service, and fellowship with one’s neighbors that ultimately leads one to a deep and abiding relationship with Our Creator. In imitating the example of our forebears, we hope that we too may hear Our Heavenly Father say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”
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