- by Mount Saint Mary College
Mount’s Dominican Scholars receive blessed journals

More than a dozen Dominican Scholars of Hope received their contemplation journals on Monday, October 21. The journals were blessed by Fr. Gregoire Fluet, campus chaplain and director of the Mount’s Campus Ministry.

The Dominican Scholars of Hope at Mount Saint Mary College attended a blessing of their new contemplation journals on Monday, October 21.

Rooted in the values of the Judeo-Christian and Dominican heritage of the college, the Dominican Scholars of Hope (DSH) is a nonacademic living and learning community for highly motivated Mount students.

The ceremony was held in the Chapel of the Most Holy Rosary in the Dominican Center and led by Fr. Gregoire Fluet, campus chaplain and director of the Mount’s Campus Ministry.

The journals provide an outlet for reflection during a busy time in the scholars’ lives. Writing in the journal is meant to foster peace and provide a quiet time for contemplation and spirituality.

“It’s nice to be gifted with something that can really be helpful in such a special way during the difficult parts of the semester,” explained Elizabeth David of East Rockaway, N.Y., a Dominican Scholar. “I could feel how special this last blessing of the journals ceremony was for all of us seniors in attendance.”

Following in the footsteps of St. Dominic, DSH is steeped in the Dominican tradition of service. The program is spearheaded by Charles Zola, assistant to the President for Mission Integration, director of the Mount’s Catholic and Dominican Institute, and associate professor of Philosophy. Under Zola’s leadership, the scholars have donated hundreds of dollars to local charities and spent many hours volunteering in the local community.

The Dominican Sisters of Newburgh established Mount Saint Mary College as a four-year institution 60 years ago. Now, more than 18,000 graduates and six decades later, the Mount continues its rich tradition of academic excellence and dedication to service. The four pillars of Dominican life – study, spirituality, service, and community – are still as integral to the Mount experience as they were six decades ago.

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