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

Candlelight Ceremony

The Candlelight Ceremony is a tradition of Albertus Magnus College dating back to its founding in 1925.  At the Candlelight Ceremony the senior students welcome the incoming freshmen by passing on the “light of knowledge” with a lighted candle.  From the 1938 yearbook of the College we read, “Now the senior class passed on the spirit of Albertus to us from the lighted tapers at the Candle Service in front of Rosary.”

This year the Candlelight Ceremony will take place during Founders’ Day, on Friday, September 20, 2013, for the Class of 2017 and transfer students.  For the first year students in the Division of Professional Graduate Studies will participate in their own Candlelight Ceremony on Wednesday, September 25, 2013, at 7:00 p.m.  Both ceremonies will be held in the Behan Community Room.  The entire Albertus Magnus Community is invited and encouraged to attend including student family members and alumni.

Within the Candlelight Ceremony the students sign the Tradition of Honor, which also dates back to the beginnings of the College.  From the 1931 yearbook we read, “It is one of the College’s proudest boasts that the students are governed almost entirely by the honor system.”  Through the Tradition of Honor students pledge to live with honor and integrity in their academic work and in their daily life of relating to others as members of the Albertus Magnus College community.


Albertus Magnus College is a Catholic, Liberal Arts College rooted in the Dominican Tradition.  It has an enrollment of nearly 1,700 men and women pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees.  Learn more about Founders’ Day activities, updates and registration on the Founders’ Day page.

Calling All Volunteers!Albertus Magnus College is excited to announce a new college-wide initiative:  1925 Hours of Service: Building Community through Serving the Community register.  Members of the Albertus family bring alive the four pillars of Dominican life: Community, Service, Spirituality and Study. As we celebrate Founders’ Day 2013, join us in making a difference in the world around us by giving back. Volunteer at your local soup kitchen, elementary school or community garden during the fall semester (August – December) of 2013 and register your hours with us as we strive to donate 1,925 hours in honor of the College’s founding in 1925.Do you already volunteer your time regularly?  Those hours count too!  Wear something Albertus, take and share a photo and register your hours!  For more information or to submit photos contact sseslar@albertus.edu or use #Albertus1925 on Twitter.

Dominican Heritage


Founders’ Day 2013

Albertus Magnus College will hold its second annual Founders’ Day to celebrate its heritage on Friday, September 20, 2013.  Founded by the Dominican Sisters of St. Mary of the Springs (now the Dominican Sisters of Peace), Albertus Magnus College community remembers and celebrates its foundation on September 24, 1925.  The Dominican Sisters of Peace continue to sponsor the College.

To honor our global Dominican heritage, the theme of this year’s Founders’ Day is Dominicans: Think Globally, Act Locally.  Putting us in touch with this global reality will be three presenters who will share with us the blessings and challenges of Dominicans from different parts of the globe.

Our presenters are Sr. Germaine Conroy, O.P. (Peru), Sr. Patricia Idoko, O.P. (Nigeria), and Sr. Judy Morris, O.P. (United States).  In addition, three Albertus Magnus College students will respond to the presenters: Ginette Gonzalez ’14, Kevin Jorgensen ’15 and Dorothea Maher ’16.

Another featured event on Founders’ Day is Candlelight Ceremony for the Class of 2017 and transfer students.  This tradition goes back to the earliest days of the College.  The ceremony consists of the passing of the light of knowledge from the seniors to the newest students.

Founders’ Day will conclude with a presentation of the VERITAS Award, given to an individual or a group who have demonstrated a commitment to the ideals and values of Albertus Magnus College.  This year the College is pleased to announce that the Board of Trustees, during their June meeting, voted unanimously to confer the Albertus Magnus College VERITAS Award on Sr. Germaine Conroy, O.P.

Sr. Germaine is a former Trustee of Albertus Magnus College and was, during the time of her trusteeship, also a member of the Executive Committee and Secretary of the Albertus Magnus College Corporation.

As a member of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Sr. Germaine’s service and ministry has included a long-term commitment to education, most especially during her time in Chimbote, Peru, where for many years, she ministered with other Dominican Sisters of Peace.

A reception in honor of Sr. Germaine will close the Founders’ Day festivities.

Albertus Magnus College is a Catholic, liberal arts college rooted in the Dominican Tradition.  It has an enrollment of nearly 1,700 men and women pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees.  Learn more about Founders’ Day activities, updates and to registration on the Founders’ Day page.

Calling All Volunteers!Albertus Magnus College is excited to announce a new college-wide initiative:  1925 Hours of Service: Building Community through Serving the Community register.  Members of the Albertus family bring alive the four pillars of Dominican life: Community, Service, Spirituality and Study. As we celebrate Founders’ Day 2013, join us in making a difference in the world around us by giving back. Volunteer at your local soup kitchen, elementary school or community garden during the fall semester (August – December) of 2013 and register your hours with us as we strive to donate 1,925 hours in honor of the College’s founding in 1925.Do you already volunteer your time regularly?  Those hours count too!  Wear something Albertus, take and share a photo and register your hours!  For more information or to submit photos contact sseslar@albertus.edu or use #Albertus1925 on Twitter.