Worship & Spirituality

Dominican University of California Campus Ministry offers communal prayer and contemplative practices to help students learn and grow in faith and understanding. You are invited to semester Get Away Days, weekend retreats, week-long on-campus busy student retreats and weekly bible study. Engage in the Dominican Ideal of Contemplation and Reflection!

SPRING 2018 - Reflection and Retreat Days

February 2-4 - Spring Retreat, Bolinas, CA Are you ready to let the ocean refresh your soul? Join for the this Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon retreat. Questions or to RSVP, contact Lianni Castro.

February 5-9 - Busy Persons Retreat, 30 minutes a day! On Campus  Is your schedule full but you still need some "me" time? Sign up for the on-campus retreat with a half-hour commitment that fits your schedule! Use those precious minutes in dialogue with a Dominican Sister of San Rafael about the Dominican Ideals of Reflection, Study, Community and Service. Questions or to RSVP, contact Sr. Mary Soher, OP.

April 7 - Labyrinth Get Away Day Are you ready to walk into the wonder of yourself? Join for the this Saturday morning reflective walk followed by lunch at the Farmer's Market. Questions or to RSVP, contact Lianni Castro.

April 28 - Senior Get Away Day All graduating seniors are invited to this day of personal and communal reflections with your fellow graduates. Questions or to RSVP, contact Lianni Castro.

April 29 - Blessing of the new Siena Leadership Team at Mass, 7:30p.m., St. Catherine Benincasa Chapel Join us as we commission our student leaders for the 2018-2019 academic year.

May 6 - Blessing of our Graduating Seniors at Mass, 7:30p.m., St. Catherine Benincasa Chapel Join us as we bless our graduates and thank them for their presence and participation in our community.

May 11 - Baccalaureate Mass, 3:00 p.m., St. Raphael Church The Baccalaureate Mass opens the Commencement ceremonies at the end of the academic year. The Mass is planned and led by members of the graduating class. Graduates, families, faculty, friends, and staff of the University join together in prayer to celebrate the completion of individuals' journeys and the resulting achievement of a long-sought goal.


SPRING 2018 - Celebrate our Dominican Community

February 7 - Heritage & History Lecture Series - Part 1, 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m., Sr. Jeremy Carmody, OP, Dominican Sister of San Rafael, "Sr. Jeremy Went to Dominican College". Learn more about the history of DUC and the influence of the founders, the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, at our brown bag lunch. Edgehill Mansion, Garden Room. Desserts and beverages provided. Questions? Contact Sr. Mary Soher, OP.

March 21 - Heritage & History Lecture Series - Part 2, 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m., Marianne Stickel, Registrar, "My Dominican Journey: From San Rafael to Fanjeaux and Back" Learn more about the history of DUC and the influence of the founders, the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, at our brown bag lunch. Edgehill Mansion, Garden Room. Desserts and beverages provided. Questions? Contact Sr. Mary Soher, OP.

April 11 - Heritage & History Lecture Series - Part 3, 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m., Bridgett Hernandez, '18, "Bridging My Dreams to Reality" Learn more about the history of DUC and the influence of the founders, the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, at our brown bag lunch. Edgehill Mansion, Garden Room. Desserts and beverages provided. Questions? Contact Sr. Mary Soher, OP.


FALL 2017 - Reflection and Retreat Days

Sept 6 and Oct 6- Full Moon Hikes, 6:00 p.m., Tennessee Valley Trail Join us as we walk the Tennessee Valley Trail to the beach; take time for personal reflection and then group sharing under the full moon. Cast your moon shadow on the walk back! Register to RSVP or contact Sr. Mary Soher, OP with any questions.

Sept 16 - New Student Get Away Day, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Enjoy a day at Paradise Cove: All new students are welcome to a day of fun, reflection and community with Campus Ministry student leaders. RSVP to Lianni Castro.

Sept 22-24 - Fall Retreat, Santa Cruz, CA Are you ready to let the ocean refresh your soul? Join for the this Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon retreat. Questions or to RSVP, contact Lianni Castro.

Oct 23-27 - Short and Sweet Retreat, 30 minutes a day! On Campus  Is your schedule full but you still need some "me" time? Sign up for the on-campus retreat with a half-hour commitment that fits your schedule! Use those precious minutes in dialogue with a Dominican Sister of San Rafael. Questions or to RSVP, contact Sr. Mary Soher, OP.


FALL 2017 - Celebrate our Dominican Community

Aug 20 - Service and Spirituality Fair, 8:30 p.m. Edgehill Mansion 2nd Floor Learn how you can get involved in service; meet great student leaders and the Dominican Sisters; enjoy yummy snacks and cold drinks! All are welcome!

Aug 27 - Mass of the Holy Spirit on the Grass 7:30 p.m. Front Lawn of Edgehill Mansion Celebrate the opening of the school year in prayer! Join us for hospitality after mass on the porch of the Mansion.

Aug 30 - Smoothies with the Sisters, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Courtyard of the Dominican Sisters Convent Student, faculty and staff are invited to enjoy homemade smoothies by the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael.

Sept 27 - Heritage & History Lecture Series - Part 1, 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m., Thomas Burke:Dominican-Adaptable and True to Its Roots. Learn more about the history of DUC and the influence of the founders, the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, at our brown bag lunch. Edgehill Mansion, Garden Room. Desserts and beverages provided. Questions? Contact Sr. Mary Soher, OP.

Oct 18 - Heritage & History Lecture Series - Part 2, 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m., Sr. Marie Sagues, OP: What Was It Like In My Day? Learn more about the history of DUC and the influence of the founders, the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, at our brown bag lunch. Edgehill Mansion, Garden Room. Desserts and beverages provided. Questions? Contact Sr. Mary Soher, OP.

Oct 23-24 - Trick or Treat for Canned Good Bag Drop, Dominican University Neighborhood Join the Penguin Ideals Club (PIC) as they drop off paper bags for collection on Halloween Night! Meet in the Siena Center to collect bags and teams for the quest. Questions? Contact Lianni Castro.

Oct 31 - Trick or Treat for Canned Good!  5:30 - 8:30 p.m., Fanjeaux Student Union.  In costume or not, all are welcome to help collect canned food items for the Marin-SF Food Bank. Pizza will be served once all the trick-or-treaters have returned with their goodies! Last year we collected over 900lbs of food.

Nov 15 - Heritage & History Lecture Series - Part 3, 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m., Annie Reid, MLIS: The Garden School, Spirit of Edgehill. Learn more about the history of DUC and the influence of the founders, the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, at our brown bag lunch. Edgehill Mansion, Garden Room. Desserts and beverages provided. Questions? Contact Sr. Mary Soher, OP.

Nov 20 - All Campus Thanksgiving Dinner, 5:00 p.m., Caleruega Plaza and Dining Room All are welcome to the best meal of the year! Bring your friends and meet new ones as the Dominican community gathers to give thanks for all our blessings.

Nov 29 - Christmas Tree Lighting, 7:00 p.m., Angelico Concert Hall Join us for an evening of Christmas carols led by your favorite club, team or organization before we light the campus Christmas Tree. Questions or to RSVP with your favorite song contact Lianni Castro.

Dec 3 - Candlelight Mass, 7:30 p.m., St. Catherine Benincasa Chapel, Edgehill Mansion Join us for the final Sunday mass of the semester in a special Advent candlelight mass.

Dec 4 - Destress with the Dominican Sisters, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m., 2nd Floor, Edgehill Mansion Join Campus Ministry and the Dominican Sisters as we make holiday decorations for local organizations. Enjoy holiday cookies and hot chocolate along with stories and laughter in keeping with the holiday season! All are welcome!


Interfaith Ministry

Sept 20 - Erev Rosh Hashanah, Veritas Interfaith Center. Dominican University celebrates Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Services are open to all members of the University community. Questions? Contact Rabbi Henry Shreibman.

Sept 21 - Rosh Hashanaha I, Veritas Interfaith Center. Questions? Contact Rabbi Henry Shreibman.

Sept 22 - Rosh Hashanah II, Veritas Interfaith Center. Questions? Contact Rabbi Henry Shreibman

Sept 29 - Erev Yom Kippur, Veritas Interfaith Center. Questions? Contact Rabbi Henry Shreibman

Sept 30 - Yom Kippur, Veritas Interfaith Center. This is the Day of Atonement service. Questions? Contact Rabbi Henry Shreibman


Christian Ministry

Dominican Young Life, Wednesdays at 8:30 pm.Siena Center. Contact: Twitter @RootsMarin

Bible Study, Date & Time TBA Siena Center. Contact Lianni Castro


Catholic Ministry

Confirmation Preparation, Date & Time TBA Siena Center. Students desiring to receive the sacrament of Confirmation can attend classes are held during the academic year which help prepare them for the reception of the sacrament.  At the end of the preparation, students can elect to receive Confirmation in their home parish, or at the Easter Vigil at St. Anselm Church. If interested, please register by November 13 or contact Sr. Mary Soher, OP with questions.

Liturgical Choir, 6:00 - 7:15 p.m. St. Catherine Chapel, Assist in the Eucharistic Sunday celebrations of the University as well as special celebrations throughout the year. Questions or to sign up, contact Lianni Castro.

Liturgical Ministers, 7:15 - 8:30 p.m. St. Catherine Chapel, Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to fully participate in liturgical and spiritual services. Shared ministries include: Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Musicians, Cantors, Sacristan, Hospitality, and Event Planning. If you are interested in assisting, please contact Lianni Castro

Mass of the Holy Spirit, Sunday, Aug 27 beginning at 7:30 p.m. On the Lawn in front of Edgehill Mansion. The Mass of the Holy Spirit is the annual celebration to ask for the Spirit to bless the academic year. The Mass is celebrated at the beginning of the academic year, and is open to everyone of all faiths. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and Board of Trustee members participate in this annual tradition.

Alumni Christmas Mass, Saturday, Dec 2 St. Catherine Chapel, A traditional Christmas celebration is the annual Alumni Christmas Mass. Alumni join together with students, especially seniors as their special guests, to celebrate the season.

Candlelight Mass, Sunday, Dec 3 at 7:30 p.m. St. Catherine Chapel, All are welcome to the final Sunday liturgy of the year. Join us for this special Advent gathering and sending for the semester.

Vocations, Learn more about religious life from communities located in the northern California area.


Meditation

Dharma Eye Zen, Mondays at 7:00 p.m. Veritas Interfaith Center. We begin a traditional Zen meditation lasting 35 minutes followed by a short Buddhist service. Tea and meeting each other is then followed by a "dharma talk" by one of the teachers. Early arrivals can receive instructions in meditation known as "zazen."

San Rafael Meditation Group (Vipassana Buddhist Meditation), Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. Veritas Interfaith Center. Rick Hanson, PhD along with guest teachers leads the group. We are aa mixture of seasoned meditators and people with less experience all in an atmosphere that is friendly and focused. Newcomers are welcome! "Early-bird" meditation begins at 6:45 p.m. with a format of instruction at 7:00 p.m. followed by a break at 7:30 p.m. with discussion from 7:40 to 8:30 p.m.

Sufi Zikr Circle, On Thursday per month: Jan 18, Feb 22, Mar 15, Apr 12, May 17 and Jun 7 at 8:00 p.m. Veritas Interfaith Center. Come together to sing and dance our praises of Unity and Being and to experience our divine nature. Through prayer in motion, cultivating joy, community and peace, we seek to awaken our embodiment of the essence of the Only Being. We share in the circle dances, drawing from diverse religious traditions-including the practice of sufi zikr-which support us in our quest for realization and service. The Dances of Universal Peace and Zikr Circle are body centered spiritual practices using movement, sacred chant, and music.

Autsit Meditation, Second Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. Veritas Interfaith Center. Meditation for autistic and neurodiverse population. Join us for a period of meditation followed by a shorter period of walking meditation ending with informal discussion.

John of God Meditation Group, Third Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Veritas Interfaith Center. This meditation group is based on the teachings of Brazilian mystic John of God.