Dominican Friar and Itinerant Preacher Father Brian Walker, O.P., kicked off the celebration of Founders Week 2018 on September 24 with his keynote presentation, which addressed racism. Fr. Walker talked about the life of St. Martin de Porres, who was of mixed race and is the patron saint of racial harmony. Although he faced many injustices, St. Martin dedicated his life to helping others. St. Martin had unique healing powers and founded a residence in Lima for orphans and abandoned children.
“When we have our doubts about whether or not we are being treated right,” said Fr. Walker, “let us take a lesson from him and ask the question, ‘Are we treating others right?’”
Fr. Walker surprised the audience by belting out a beautiful gospel hymn during the speech. “If I can help somebody as I pass along, then my living shall not be in vain,” he sang.
Founders Week celebrates the spirit of the Dominican Order. Other highlights of the week–long celebration include:
- Walking in the Footsteps of Dominic — Students Jeantil Beltre and Sierra Sheridan spoke about their mission trip to Fanjeaux, France.
- Living the Legacy – Wendy St. Felix, DNP, ’17 and 2018 Badami Award recipient talked to students about the effect a Dominican College education had on her life.
- Spirit of the Founders Recognition Luncheon – Sr. Barbara McEneany and her sister Sr. Carmel McEneany, who passed away in February, received the Spirit of the Founders award.
- Preaching in Action – Dominican College volunteers prepared 10,000 meals to be distributed through local food banks and charities.
Founders Week concluded on Saturday, September 29 with the 68th Annual Dominican Sisters Festival, which featured games, food, and pony rides.