Here is an informational slideshow about Dominican Young Adults, USA, a member state of the International Dominican Youth Movement. Slideshow created by DYA Communications Chair Sean Mundy in May 2012.
We are young adults (18-30ish) who come together to pray, be in community, preach, and study together. We integrate our spirituality in our daily lives, with an emphasis on the Dominican spirituality. We like to have FUN!
Our MissionStatement Our mission as members of the Dominican Young Adults USA is to build the Kingdom of God, which means to build a world where every person can realize their full potential and live in communion. This requires our presence in all those places where life is universally denied, and our commitment is to work to restore dignity to those who have lost it. DYA USA is a response to the desire to bring the message of Jesus Christ to all men and women, therefore we are an inclusive organization open to all those who seek Christ in their lives and desire to serve and pursue a closer relationship with Christ and with one another. DYA USA is made up of young adults who are attracted by Jesus and His message and by the way of living out the Gospel preached by Saint Dominic. The mission is to guide the formation of young adults interested in Dominican life, relying on the knowledge, experience, and wisdom of Dominicans of all ages and dependant on the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The Word of God must be the central axis of Dominican life; for this reason it is a priority in all our DYA USA chapters to study it. This study must lead us, not only to know the Message to be proclaimed, but also to know those who are going to receive it. The fundamental guideline of our commitment is that of service. If anyone wishes to build the Kingdom, they must seek to serve those in need. It is more a question of accompanying than of leading, which requires offering opportunities for dialogue, coming together, and reflection. Friendship, the search for the truth through study and prayer, dialogue, service to others and our living according to the values of the Gospel define our chapters and our method of preaching. We trust in the aid of the Holy Spirit, and our faith compels us to assist in the creation of a just and compassionate world, built on faith, hope and love.
To journey together with other young adults who are attracted by Jesus and His message and by the way of living out the Gospel preached by St. Dominic. The fundamental guideline of our commitment is that of service. An inclusive organization open to all those who seek Christ in their lives and desire to serve and pursue a closer relationship with Christ and with one another. Friendship, the search for the truth through study and prayer, dialogue, service to others and our living according to the values of the Gospel define our chapters and our method of preaching.
Vision Statement DYA USA members are young adults who seek to share Christ with their peers. We are the newest child of the Dominican Family. We are Dominicans. DYA USA is governed by elected members who guide the organization. In addition to the formation of new members, this leadership helps to bond the unity of the whole, as the body of DYA USA is made up of many smaller organic chapter groups. Each chapter of DYA USA provides a different response to the needs of its location. Organized by young adults, with the help of experienced campus ministers, chaplains, religious, and other members of the Dominican Family, our basis is the four pillars of the Dominican Life: community, prayer, study, and preaching. Through prayer and reflection, the chapter searches to continue formation of the individual Dominican. Though unique in their walks of faith, these chapters seek the same goal through their Dominican lives: to live for Jesus Christ. Holding to the pillars, Dominic’s message has found a home within this generation in the United States of America.
Local DYA USA chapters design their own meeting structure. The onlyCommitment to the requirement is that some aspect of the “four pillars” be incorporated into each meeting! Local needs and cultures add a great deal ofFour Pillars diversity to the Dominican Young Adult USA experience!Four Pillars of DominicanSpirituality Prayer: Developing anintimate relationship withGod through communalprayer. Community: Havingpeople who supportyou, challenge you, andknow how to have fun is whatDYAM community is allabout. Study: Gainingunderstanding of your faithhelps put it into perspective. Mission: We’re called byJesus to share the GoodNews of the Gospel througha shared ministry to oneanother.
Preaching in Action College Conference Trip to Columbus, OH - 2007 Trip to Madison, WI - 2008 Trip to Portugal - 2009 Trip to Chicago, IL - 2010
2008 NationalConferenceRepresentativesfrom nine collegesacross the nation,with previousPreaching inActionConferences incommon, cametogether atEdgewood Collegein Madison,Wisconsin toofficially form theDYA USA Chapter
FoundingGoverningBoard 2008-2010 President – Kevin Sullivan, Edgewood College Executive VP – Kate Craig, Edgewood College VP of Communications – Michelle Schultz, Dominican University VP of Finance – Sean Mundy, St. Thomas Aquinas College Chair of Formation/New Membership – Dan Breitfeller, ODU Chair of Dominican Mission – Rachel DeBruin, Edgewood College Chairperson of Social Justice Committee – Amanda Zurface, Ohio Dominican University At Large Member – AJ Vivian, Saint Louis University At Large Member – Barry Reinholz, Ohio Dominican University
Local Chapter Local Country Chapter Local ChapterIDYM Edgewood, DU WI California River Forest, IL USA New York Puerto Rico
Kevin Sullivan Sean Mundy Allie Jeffs Andrew VivianFormation Chair Communications Mission National Chair Chair Coordinator
1. Grab a friend or two – form a group (chapter)2. Find a mentor (member of Dominican Order)3. Select a chairperson (young adult)4. Fill out a chapter application5. Sign a commitment statement (1 year)6. Pay your dues ($5 a year - $1 International/$4 National)7. Get sent a pin –You’re official!8. You can vote at National Gatherings and attend all International Gatherings!
•In 2009, members of DYA, USA went to Portugal for the International Gathering of IDYM•Recognized by the International Dominican Youth Movement as an official chapter!
Teams of three DYA Members Visit High Schools, Colleges, and Parishes Spread the word about Dominican spirituality Travel across the United States
Team members would share the responsibility of writing a reflection on the Dominican website Each team member would write one reflection a month depending on the number of people on the team.
Every once in a while we need to take a chance and try something new. This is especially true when it comes to our faith lives. There are many faith support programs for teenagers, and college students. However, very little is available for young adults. The DYA USA is a response to this growing need in the Church. You’re a busy person. Family, personal, professional and social concerns take up so much of your time. Now take some time for yourself and God. Continue to grow in your faith with others who experience the same pressures, conflicts and questions. Join now! Check to see if there is a group that may be forming in your area! The DYA, USA needs young adult leaders like you to help establish the Organization in North America. Do it for you and most importantly, do it because it’s needed!