Judy McCullough did a great job leading the meeting, her
first as Current Chair of the DF, and opened the meeting by providing a
blessing for the food. After dinner, Jim Studdert provided the opening
prayer and four Family members recommitted to live lives rooted in the
Dominican Charism (completing the 2018 recommitments!). Announcements
included: 1) Sr. Carol provided October’s “This Day Daily Prayer”
booklets for all DF members. She’ll have some available at the
October Gathering if you didn’t get one. 2) The Houston Oxford
Society has organized a talk by Chris Martin on Thomas Aquinas to be
held at 6:30 pm on October 18 in our Meeting Room. The DF is
invited to attend. 3) Judy provided an update on the DF
financials. We spent $3,766 last year and our account balance is
such that we need to make a request to members for donations.
Please contact Betty Gillespie (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like
to contribute to the DF’s financial needs.
During the meeting, Judy and Dawn Martinez unveiled our newly
updated Vision statement which will guide us for the next five years.
The vision update began with input collected at last February’s
Gathering, refined by a group of 22 Family members in early March and
approved by the DFLT in May.
Dominican Family Vision
We, the Dominican Family of Houston, envision a diverse, vibrant
community searching for truth and breathing the spirituality of St.
Dominic into the world. We will. . .
experiences centered in prayer, study, community and preaching
that answer the call to holiness.
opportunities for individuals and small groups to voice and/or act
according to their call on social justice issues.
the Dominican charism remains strong in the leadership of
Houston’s Dominican schools.
diversity and invite new members to grow our community.
We are committed to this vision in order to develop a
more visible organization that people want to join and will influence
the Houston community, our Dominican schools and the global Dominican
Family by 2023.
Judy introduced the theme for this year, Compassion in
Action, which is intended to move the Family toward our Vision.
Family members discussed at their tables ways for individuals and
the Dominican Family to put compassion into action.