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As the Dominican Family keeps growing, we rely on dedicated members to help us strengthen our mission. We accomplish this through the active participation of our members in our committees.

Prayer Committee

The Prayer Committee's goal is to help our Dominican Family members actively pursue a deeper awareness of God's presence through prayer. Nurturing prayer life and spirituality as well as sharing the fruits of one's prayer embody the Charism of the Dominican's call to be aware of and speak of the constant presence of God. Our committee is responsible for the daily prayer, normally do the prayer at the monthly Dominican Family meetings and develop other prayer events. Please consider being a member of the Prayer Committee to share your ideas/gifts as we plan events. We have our planning meetings at St Pius X High School. -- Gloria Vocelka,

Human Trafficking Study/Action Committee
The Human Trafficking Study Action Committee's mission is to help reduce this horrible atrocity in Houston and help its victims restore their lives.  Our focus is on increasing awareness of the problem and to find ways, big and small, to help improve the situation in our community.  Committee members meet regularly to study and discuss the problems, interface with other local organizations addressing the issues, and plan ways to take action.  We encourage those interested in studying this social injustice and / or becoming involved in actions to remedy it to join us. -- John Gorczynski,

Poverty Study/Action Committee
The Poverty Committee focuses on study and action related to the problem of poverty in the Houston area. We are trying to learn about the many dimensions of poverty through reading, viewing short films and inviting guest speakers to our meetings. We are dedicated to working with the Dominican Sisters in the Angela House ministry and are seeking other opportunities to help alleviate poverty in our city and surrounding areas. The Poverty Committee welcomes new members, and our meetings are posted on the Dominican Family calendar. -- Krystle Powell,

Integral Ecology Study/Action Committee
This initial study undertaken by this group is the book From Teilhard to Omega: Co-creating an Unfinished Universe. Our first action is providing a resource for the Dominican Family to encourage recycling with information about where and how to recycle. Over time, we hope to expand this resource to encompass all aspects of living sustainably. The term Integral Ecology refers to the interconnected and interdependent nature of the factors that shape and are shaped by the interaction of human beings with each other and the natural world. The term has emerged all around us in a secular context as well as in the Pope’s encyclical Laudato Si’. It has been said that Integral Ecology begins with the recognition that humanity now faces an interdependent set of existential crises: extreme economic disparity, increased competition for resources including land and water, a severely degraded natural world, failing nation states and a climate on the verge of spinning out of control. -- Neil Douglas,

Communication Committee
The Communication Committee is dedicated to improving communication among Dominican Family members and Dominican Sisters.  Our goal is to promote the Dominican Family and its work to the greater Houston community.  Committee members utilize the Dominican Family website (, Flocknote, email, and social media channels to remind members of family, formation, and inquiry meetings, social gatherings and special events.  We encourage those interested in writing, photography or videography to join us. -- Denise Stasio,  
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