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On Common Ground Conference

Dominican schools throughout Australia and New Zealand gather biannually to celebrate their connectedness as members of the Dominican Family and to deepen their understanding of what 'being Dominican' actually means.  This year, the On Common Ground conference was hosted by St Mary’s College in Adelaide, the theme for the conference being 'Preaching the Gospel in our Times'.  Attendees were privileged to hear international guest speakers Patrick Spedale and Michael Petro share their understanding of the Dominican tradition.  The four Dominican Pillars of Prayer, Learning, Service and Community formed a strong foundation for conference sessions and helped students gain a deeper level of understanding about the values of our tradition.  Other guest speakers included Sr Bernadette Kiley, who shared stories of the inspiring work of some of the Dominican Sisters in Palestine and Vietnam.  Firm friend of the College, Sr Sheila Flynn inspired us with her prayerful and reflective sessions pertaining to issues of Social and Eco Justice.  All attendees, both students and staff alike, greatly valued this opportunity to deepen our connections with Dominicans nationally and globally.

Siena College was fortunate to send five Year 11 Leaders to the Conference: Olivia Wilhelm, Jade Devlin, Hannah Walsh, Yasmyne Chung and Sabrina Pittorino.  Students were accompanied by staff members, Sue Thompson and Bronwyn Ilott.

 

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