The Center for Dominican Studies at Ohio Dominican University

The Center for Dominican Studies at Ohio Dominican University serves as a resource for all those interested in learning more about Dominican education, the Dominican charism, the history of Ohio Dominican University, and its mission and values.

To fulfill its mission, the Center for Dominican Studies sponsors and hosts a variety of programs and services for the students, faculty, staff and alumni/ae of Ohio Dominican University, and for the members of the community.

The center also fosters and promotes collaboration with and between various areas of the university; the Congregation of the Dominican Sisters of Peace; the Diocese of Columbus, Ohio; other Dominican colleges, universities, centers and agencies throughout the country and the world; members of the Dominican family; and all groups and individuals who are dedicated to the promotion of the Dominican charism.

Mission:

The Mission of the Center for Dominican Studies is to promote the Dominican charism of preaching; to provide opportunities for members of the university and the community to understand and experience the meaning and value of Dominican education; and to serve as a public voice at the university and in the community regarding issues of importance to church, culture and society.

The Center for Dominican Studies at Ohio Dominican University focuses on the Dominican motto, “To contemplate truth and share with others the fruits of this contemplation,” and the four pillars of Dominican life: study, prayer, community and ministry.

Guiding Principles:

  • Commitment to the Catholic and Dominican identity of the university through word, study and example of life
  • Commitment to scholarship and reflection
  • Commitment to the arts and aesthetic dimension of human life
  • Commitment to peace and justice for all humankind
  • Commitment to collaboration among the members of the Dominican family and various cultures within the global community

Faculty/Staff Focus Groups:

The faculty staff focus groups will provide informal opportunities for faculty and staff to engage in brainstorming and conversation regarding the mission and activities of the Center for Dominican Studies at Ohio Dominican University. Sr. Catherine will present an overview of the history, vision, mission and activities of the Center for Dominican Studies at Ohio Dominican. This session will also engage participants in a process of understanding and embracing the mission of the Center for Dominican Studies as programs, activities and opportunities evolve.

Faculty/Staff Orientation Sessions:

These sessions will provide opportunity for new and continuing faculty and staff to explore and discuss the:

  • The History of the University
  • The Dominican Mission and Charism: Roots of our University Culture
  • The Catholic Intellectual Tradition of the University
  • Ex Corde Ecclesiae
  • The Many Forms of Preaching in our Contemporary World
  • The Integration of the Dominican Charism Across University Life and the Academic Curriculum
  • Sharing the Charism with Students: A Collaborative Study, Research and Service Event
  • Dominican Institutions as Promoters of Peace, Justice and Service to the Global Community
  • Dominican Institutions as Centers for Ethics: Our Challenge and Options
  • Reflective Practice: A Dominican Activity for University Teaching
  • Connections with the Dominican Family at Home and Abroad: Networking Opportunities

Dominican Study Collaborative:

This group of ODU administrators, faculty and staff will work with the Director of the CDS to explore and facilitate opportunities to:

  • Research and study current topics and issues related to the mission of the Center for Dominican Studies such as:
    • Peace & Justice,
    • The Church and the World,
    • Ethics in the Workplace and Society,
    • The Church in Latin America and Africa,
    • Reconciliation,
    • Documents of the Church,
    • Catholic Social Teaching
  • Publish articles related to the pertinent topics related to the mission of the Center for Dominican Studies
  • Explore and coordinate the preparation of a biannual journal connected with topics related to the mission of the Center for Dominican Studies
  • Explore University Curriculum issues related to the Catholic and Dominican identity of the University
  • Network with other Dominican Universities
  • Engage in Grant opportunities related to the mission of the Center for Dominican Studies

Dominican Symposium Series:

(Coordinated with Life of the Mind Series) These events will feature noted speakers on topics of interest related to the mission of the Center for Dominican Studies. Some contemporary topics may include:

  • Faith in the Workplace
  • Religion, Ethics and Personal Responsibility
  • The Dominican University Culture: Promoting the Intellectual Life
  • The Dominicans and Their Patronage of the Arts
  • Ethical Issues in Human Stem Cell Research
  • Ethics in the Marketplace/Business
  • Human Rights and Responsibility
  • Challenging the Culture of Violence

Promotion and Sponsorship of Trips and Study Abroad:

Fanjeaux Experience: Promoted by the Center for Dominican Studies
Summer Study Program in Fanjeaux, France for Dominican Colleges and Universities
This international study experience brings together faculty, administrators, students and staff from U.S. Dominican schools in the medieval hilltop town where St. Dominic's vision of an order devoted to seeking and sharing the truth took shape. Mornings are spent in study, afternoons in excursions to historic sites in southern France with a focus on places special to Dominicans' early years in the thirteenth century. As a community of learners, we enjoy simple living and superb meals at the Belvedere, a Dominican guest-house. Both programs conclude with four nights in Paris.

Exploring the Catholic and Dominican Heritage in Italy
Sponsored by former President and Mrs. Jack Calareso and The Center for Dominican Studies: June 2005. Explore the Wonders of Italy's Great Cities and Learn About Our Catholic and Dominican Roots through this memorable and beautiful trip to Italy. This trip provides the travelers with an adventurer's exploration of the great cities of Italy - Rome, Florence, Venice, Bologna and Siena while learning about the rich Dominican heritage on which Ohio Dominican University was founded. This international study experience brings together faculty, administrators, students, staff and friends of Ohio Dominican to experience the rich culture of Italy that supported the great Dominican saints such as Dominic, Catherine, Thomas and others as they promoted the mission of "the holy preaching."