August 09, 2018
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Members of Dominican colleges and universities on a recent pilgrimage to Fanjeaux, France, the hometown of Saint Dominic de Guzman, founder of the Dominican order. Vita Bosco of Chester, N.Y., a Math major pursuing Education certification, and Marie-Therese Sulit, associate professor of English, represented Mount Saint Mary College.
While the members of the Mount Saint Mary College community worked at internships, prepared for upcoming classes, or enjoyed a short break after the spring semester, Vita Bosco of Chester, N.Y. and Associate Professor of English Marie-Therese C. Sulit followed in the footsteps of the 13th century saint Dominic de Guzman through a three-week pilgrimage in France.
Saint Dominic made innumerable contributions to Christianity more than 800 years ago, all while living a simple, joyful life. About seven centuries later, the Dominican Sisters founded Mount Saint Mary College, using as a guideline the four pillars of Dominican life: study, prayer, service, and community.
Sulit and Bosco joined the Mount’s sister Dominican colleges for study and travel. They followed Dominic’s missionary trail throughout southern France, including Fanjeaux, birthplace of Dominic’s Order of Preachers. They also enjoyed a short stay in Paris.
Bosco, a Math major pursuing Education certification, felt an instant connection with the other travelers, thanks in part to their shared Dominican heritage.
“The most emotional aspect of our trip was the farewell dinner,” she noted. “I was not ready to part ways with my new friends, but it was clear that the bond we created in the short time together would bring us back together some day.”
Mount sojourners Vita Bosco of Chester, N.Y., a Math major pursuing Education certification, and Marie-Therese Sulit, associate professor of English, enjoyed visiting the Château de Montségur, a former fortress in Southern France.
The most memorable experience for the Mount student was viewing a chapel in Fanjeaux.
“The group filled this little chapel with little room left to spare, while a local English speaking Father preformed Mass,” she said. “It was so sweet and touching to celebrate Mass with the new friends I made from all over the country.”
Sulit noted that she was struck with how applicable the Dominican pillars are to the everyday work of education.
“We learned that St. Dominic…is considered the patron saint of education,” she explained. “One impact of the Fanjeaux program is that, while it affirmed my understanding of the Dominican Charisms, it also afforded others a schematic via the Four Pillars to apply to their own professional lives, in whatever capacity they work at their respective Dominican colleges or universities.”
Sulit hopes to share this viewpoint with faculty, staff, and students at the Mount. “All of us who work at the Mount,” she noted, “can apply and embody these charisms.”
The Mount professor hopes to begin conversations on campus of how these charisms are already at work in the college and how they can continue to be employed to reflect the rich heritage of the institution.
The pilgrimage was jointly sponsored by Mount Saint Mary College and the Dominican Sisters of Hope in Ossining, N.Y. The trip was also made possible through the planning efforts of the Mount’s Catholic and Dominican Institute.
Mount professor Marie-Therese Sulit and student Vita Bosco of Chester, N.Y. enjoyed the French architecture and landscape during their recent pilgrimage.