Ministry & Faith
While Regina Dominican High School is rooted in the Catholic Dominican tradition, we are open to students of all faiths. The Dominican value of veritas and our personal value of caritas, inspires our educational philosophy, from which students of all faiths can benefit.
Shaped by the interconnected movements of study, prayer, community, and service, Campus Ministry at Regina Dominican provides a framework for students to integrate academic learning with spiritual development. Students are given the opportunities and skills to develop into young women who lead with compassion through programs such as Dominican Preachers, retreats, and service learning experiences.
Read on to learn more about the role that Ministry and Faith plays in our school and know that all will be welcomed here.
Regina Dominican was founded by the Adrian Dominican Sisters. In all of their ministries—education, health care, pastoral and retreat ministry, the arts, social work, ecology, and peace and justice advocacy—they strive to live out their vision: to seek truth, make peace, and revere life. They trace their roots to St. Dominic in the 13th Century and continue their Dominican tradition of preaching through prayer, study, common life, and ministry. Click here to learn more about the Adrian Dominican Sisters.
PrayerThe Dominican tradition reveres various forms of prayer as opportunities to deepen one’s relationship with God and become a more integrated person. During the academic year, Campus Ministry offers various opportunities for communal and individual prayer. School days begin with morning prayer coordinated by the Dominican Preachers, our student faith leaders, and includes the Dominican Blessing. We mark holy days and other special occasions with school liturgies led by our chaplain. We offer the rosary regularly as well as other opportunities for personal prayer, especially during Advent and Lent.
The pursuit of truth is the foundation of meaningful service and preaching, which is why the Dominican Pillar of Study calls us to pursue knowledge and truth both in and outside the classroom. At Regina Dominican, the Pillar of Study is experienced in our classrooms and in the opportunities students have to engage with the world through service and extracurricular activities. This Pillar helps us to take the lessons we learn in the classroom and use them to both understand the world better and to be of service in our communities.
Community is the Dominican Pillar that reminds us that our strength lies in the relationships that we build and how we support each other. At Regina Dominican, the community provides sustenance to seek truth and serve justice, companionship in prayer, and collaboration in studies. Campus Ministry accompanies each student on their individual journey, encouraging students to grow into well-rounded conscientious persons that value building relationships and investing in the greater good. Together, we can do amazing things.
The Pillar of Service highlights how we put our life of prayer, study, and community into action. Caritas, or love and compassion, reminds us that service is based on love of neighbor. Because Study and Service are so deeply connected at Regina, student service hour requirements are structured within Theology courses, which all carry a service hour requirement of 7.5 hours per course/semester. With the guidance of Theology teachers and Service Ministry Assistants, students are encouraged to explore service opportunities for experiences that resonate with them personally and to connect these experiences with what they are learning in the classroom. We are proud to say that in the 2022-2023 school year, Regina students completed 5,017 hours of service.
In collaboration with the Director of Mission Integration and the Theology Department, Campus Ministry also offers an annual immersion service trip over Spring Break to various service sites.
Dominican Preachers are students who are interested in taking a leadership role in Campus Ministry and faith formation. These students lead the Regina Dominican community by helping to plan daily prayer, liturgical celebrations, and service projects. Dominican Preachers put faith into action and exemplify Dominican values by preaching from the pulpit of their lives.
A cornerstone of our Ministry, Faith, and Service commitments, we offer a retreat for each grade to build deeper relationships with their peers, reflect on their spirituality, and engage in service activities. Many of our students say these retreats are the highlight of their school year.
Retreats are opportunities for the students to personally experience and reflect on the four Dominican Pillars. Every year, students attend a retreat designed specifically for their grade level in collaboration with the Theology Department and the Director of Mission Integration. Retreats integrate curriculum content with opportunities for faith formation and spiritual reflection. Here’s more information about the individual retreats.
FRESHMAN RETREAT: WE ARE DOMINICAN FAMILY
The Freshman Retreat takes place the weekend after the first week of school in late August. It is an overnight retreat lasting Friday evening to early afternoon on Saturday and is focused on building community.
SOPHOMORE RETREAT: THE SACRED ORDINARY
The Sophomore Retreat is an overnight retreat (1 night) that takes place the second week of February. This retreat builds on themes covered in the Theology II course and focuses on finding the sacred in ordinary life and in relationships with others. The Sophomore Retreat includes a service activity.
JUNIOR RETREAT: KAIROS
Two Kairos retreats are offered to Juniors during the third week in November and the week before Holy Week (late March/early April). Kairos is a three-day retreat, scheduled Wednesday morning to Friday evening, offering students the opportunity to focus on their relationship with God and others.
SENIOR RETREAT: IN-HER-MISSION
In-HER-mission, the Senior Retreat, will take place the last weekend in September. This three-day overnight retreat is typically scheduled Thursday afternoon to Saturday morning. Senior students will work on creating an “inner” or "in-her” mission, an individual mission statement for their life journey.
For more information about the retreat program, please contact Meghan Toomey at [email protected].