Learning the Dominican Foundation

Dominican Preaching Conference

The Dominican Preaching Conference is based in its mission statement:

“The National ‘Preaching in Action’ Conference is a venue where college-age students explore Dominican spirituality and preaching. The National College ‘Preaching in Action’ Conference is a collaborative response to our desire as Dominicans to introduce college students to the foundations and characteristics of Dominican Preaching. We commit ourselves to actively engage students in prayer, preaching the Word, service, community and modeling creative ways to make preaching a living dynamic in their daily lives.”

The conference is held for six days on the campus of Molloy College on Long Island. Students and mentors (faculty, staff) from Dominican Colleges and Universities in the United States and international sites attend each year. The goal of the conference is to empower students to “preach the good news” in a myriad of ways, developing an action plan for their own campus, and putting that plan into action when they return in the fall semester. Students learn the Dominican charism of preaching, and how to incorporate that into their own lives. Students are exposed to preaching in many forms, including art, dance, drama and music.

Deacon John Hoffman, coordinator of Dominican ministries, will accompany the students to this year’s conference, May 20 to May 25. If you would like to know more about the Dominican Preaching Conference, or about Dominican ministries here at Albertus Magnus College, you can contact Deacon John at hjhoffman@albertus.edu.

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Dominican Volunteers

The Dominican Volunteers grows out of their mission statement which reads:

_U7C4700Dominican Volunteers USA searches for new frontiers for the faith by inviting men and women to walk with us in mission as volunteers.  Together, we respond to the needs of our sisters and brothers, especially those who are poor and marginalized.  We live out the Dominican mission of proclaiming the gospel through our ministry, common life, prayer and study within a diverse, inter-generational community.

In February, Michael Chapuran, executive director of Dominican Volunteers USA, and two members of Domincan Volunteers USA visited the Albertus campus. They met with students and discussed their work, and the opportunities that exist for students who are inclined toward giving a year of service working as Dominican Volunteers.  Volunteers serve in positions across the country in education, healthcare, social services, peace and justice advocacy, environmental awareness, and more. If you are interested in the Dominican Volunteers, you can contact them directly at info@dvusa.org, or you can contact Deacon John Hoffman at Albertus at hjhoffman@albertus.edu.

Deacon_John_HoffmanDeacon John Hoffman
Coordinator for Dominican Ministries

Deacon John Hoffman’s academic background includes the Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from the College of the Holy Cross as well as the completion of four years of graduate study prior to his ordination to the diaconate.  Deacon Hoffman comes to Albertus following a remarkable career as a member of the faculty at several Catholic high schools, most notably at Notre Dame High School, West Haven, CT, where he taught in the department of Christian formation from 1989 to 2012. He was ordained to the diaconate in June 1993 and has previously served at Holy Infant Parish, Orange, CT; and he is currently deacon at St. Mary’s, Milford, CT.  He has also served on school boards for the Archdiocese of Hartford and for the Orange Board of Education

First Annual Christmas Tree Lighting


Albertus is a College that is steeped in tradition. From the Candlelight Ceremony as an incoming freshman to commencement after years of hard work have paid off, there are many things to look forward to over the course of a student’s time at the College. Alumni often look back on their college days with fondness because they formed life-long bonds with one another; a family was created among classmates. This year, the Albertus family is adding a new tradition, the first annual Christmas Tree Lighting.

The Student Alumni Association (SAA) is a group of traditional undergraduate students who work to connect students, past, present and future, to preserve the College’s traditions and begin new ones. They are sponsoring this first annual tree lighting for the entire College community to herald in the Christmas season together as a family so we can experience the joy the holiday season has to offer, together.

The first annual Christmas Tree Lighting will take place on Wednesday, December 4 at 4:15 p.m. on the front lawn of Aquinas Hall. A blessing and dedication of the tree in memory of Kevin Panagrossi, former Assistant Director of Enrollment and Administrative Services for the School of Evening and Graduate Programs (now Division of Professional and Graduate Studies) will begin at 4:30 p.m.

Many student groups and offices around campus are participating in the event including:

  • Candy Canes sponsored by Breakwater
  • Carols sung by the Albertus Choir
  • Christmas Card Making for the troops sponsored by the RAs
  • Gingerbread Cookies sponsored by the Division of Professional and Graduate Studies
  • Hot Chocolate sponsored by the Science Club
  • Ornament Making sponsored by SAA
  • Photo Snow Globes sponsored by SGA
  • Photos with Santa sponsored by the Tour Guides
  • Ugly Christmas Sweater Photo Booth sponsored by the Albertus Young Alumni Group (The recently established Young Alumni Group is also hosting an Ugly Christmas Sweater Happy Hour at Anna Liffey’s in New Haven to keep the fun going, complete with contests and prizes and lots of holiday cheer!)

Special edition Albertus Santa hats will be available for purchase for $5 each.

albertus-sealAlbertus is a Catholic College in the Dominican Tradition and the four pillars of the Dominican Tradition are study, prayer, community and service. This year the College community made a commitment to service through the 1925 Hours of Service project. Faculty, staff, students and alumni have contributed volunteer service to organizations in New Haven and beyond with the goal of reaching 1,925 hours by the close of this semester. An announcement will be made at the Christmas Tree Lighting updating the community on how close we are to our goal.

Also in the spirit of community and service, the Science Club and Office of Dominican Ministry are sponsoring a winter clothing drive. Donations of hats, gloves and scarves will be accepted at the tree lighting and will be given to people in need this holiday season.

As we all prepare for the excitement of the season and the importance of Christmas to our faith, we look forward to the beginning of a lasting tradition at the College. We welcome all students, alumni, faculty, staff, friends and family to be a part of the first annual Christmas Tree Lighting! RSVP today.

Raising Awareness of Domestic Violence

“This October, let us honor National Domestic Violence Awareness Month by promoting peace in our own families, homes, and communities. Let us renew our commitment to end domestic violence – in every city, every town, and every corner of America.”

Presidential Proclamation declaring October 2013 Domestic Violence Prevention Month


Nearly 20 years after the passage of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) domestic violence remains an often hidden problem in our communities. People we interact with every day may be experiencing domestic violence without us knowing it. According to the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence:

  • In 2009, violent crimes by intimate partners (current or former spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend) accounted for 26 percent of non-fatal crimes against females and 5 percent against males.
  • Of female murder victims in 2009, 35 percent were killed by an intimate partner.
  • Fifteen percent of teens who have been in a relationship report having been hit, slapped or pushed by their boyfriend or girlfriend.

This tearing down not only hurts individuals, it limits entire communities as those who are victimized may be prevented from reaching their full and vibrant potential.

Every day in Connecticut, dedicated social workers, counselors, criminal investigators and social service agencies work to prevent and end domestic violence. On September 30, 2013, more than 200 of them came together to attend Beyond the Bruises: A Conference on Psychological Abuse and Stalking hosted by The Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services, a program of BH Care. Albertus Magnus College was proud to help sponsor this event and is committed to providing professionals with the tools and education they need to best serve their community.Susan De Leon-Dr.Mazen-Carin - Roseann More

Each year, The Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services assists over 9,000 victims and their children in 19 cities and towns in the lower Naugatuck Valley, Greater New Haven and Shoreline communities. Conference attendees shared best regional practices and gained new knowledge from keynote speakers and national authorities, including bestselling author and renowned journalist, Leslie Morgan Steiner. Dr. Ragaa Mazen, Director of the Albertus Masters of Science in Human Servicesprogram met one-on-one with attendees to share local Human Services program insights.

Albertus Magnus College has a total enrollment of 1,700 students. It offers 50 traditional undergraduate programs, accelerated undergraduate programs for working adults, and graduate programs in business, management, education, liberal studies, leadership, writing, human services and art therapy. The College also offers a degree in Criminal Justice and Addiction Counseling Certificate.