Today is a great day of celebration. It is a dual celebration of our Holy Father Dominic and the 800th Jubilee Year of the proclamation from Honorius that declared the Order of Preachers official. 

Yesterday, many Dominican Sisters of Hope gathered at Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center to celebrate together with staff, friends, and co-creators. Sister Connie Kelly preached at the liturgy, reminding all those present of the true message of Saint Dominic’s example:

“Dominic demonstrated for us that to truly follow Christ we need to let go. We need to be willing to do what we may not want to do. Choosing to follow Christ, as a religious, a married couple, or through the single life is truly a letting go. A moving into the unknown…past our comfort zone…even in troubling times like these.”

She continued:

“We are the Order of Preachers. We are called to bear the light of truth to all. We are women and men of Hope.”

Read Sister Connie’s full homily here, and view pictures of the celebration below.

Happy Saint Dominic’s Day to one and all!