Friday, February 26, 2010

Upcoming Event: Hike in Tiken Park!!!


When: March 17, 2010

Time: 10am- 3.30pm

Where: Meet at DSPT, carpool to Tilden Park

Upon arriving at Tilden Park, we will hike part of trail, stopping for lunch midway. During this time, Fr. Jerome Cudden, OP will present a talk in keeping with the season of Lent, followed by some discussion. We will arrive back at DSPT no later than 3.30pm. Come enjoy fresh air, fellowship and a refreshing break from studies!!

Lunch is provided!

Please RSVP Council Member Ben Griffin @ by March 10th if planning on attending!

Monday, December 07, 2009

The National Conference of Catechetical Leadership (NCCL)

Fostering new professionals into the catechetical ministry is a priority around the nation. The National Conference of Catechetical Leadership (NCCL) seeks to encourage young people to consider this ministry through its young adult initiative.

The purpose of this young adult initiative is to:

- raise awareness about professional catechetical ministry among young adults who might be discerning ecclesial professional roles

- foster arch/diocesan involvement in bringing forth strong candidates for professional catechetical ministry among young adults

- create an awareness in young adults of the benefits of gathering with NCCL, the professional organization for catechetical leaders which includes parish and diocesan leaders, academic members, and publishers

Again, this year, NCCL is sponsoring up to twenty-five young adults (under age forty) as attendees at our Annual Conference and Expo, in Las Vegas, April 18-22, 2010. These invited guests will receive a special pass allowing them to participate in all Liturgies and prayer services, major presentations, learning sessions and Hot Topics, as well as the NCCL Awards Luncheon, OSV Brunch, and Sadlier Event (dinner and entertainment) and visiting the exhibits. The value of this award is over $300. It does not include travel, lodging, and other meals and expenses.

To be eligible, candidates must:

- be under 40 years of age

- have some ecclesial ministry experience

- never have been a professional parish or diocesan catechetical leader

- be able to cover the additional expenses not included in this award (perhaps they can secure money from their diocese or if they are in school, from their school)

- be nominated by their diocesan catechetical director

- not have received this award for a previous NCCL conference

Please let your students who are majoring in Theology, Catechetics, Religious Education, Youth Ministry or a related field know about this opportunity. If they are interested, have them contact their Diocesan Director of Religious Education or Faith Formation or Catechesis about this opportunity. Have them do this before January 8, 2010.

NCCL’s Membership Committee will determine the awardees and notify them via e-mail by February 15, 2010.

Thank you as you encourage this opportunity to our future catechetical leaders!


Rey Montemayor and Bryan Reising, NCCL Membership Committee Co-chairs

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Paid Internship in Community Organizing

The Direct Action & Research Training (DART) Center is currently accepting resumes from alums and spring graduating students interested in social and economic justice issues for their paid, four-month community organizing training program known as the DART Organizers Institute.

The DART Center has built non-partisan community organizations throughout the country that have won important improvements on a broad set of issues affecting low-moderate income people including:

· Education reform in low-performing public schools · Job Training · Drugs and Violence · Affordable Housing · Criminal Recidivism · Neighborhood Revitalization, etc.

The DART Organizers Institute starts July 18, 2010 and combines a 7-day classroom with 15-week field training. Organizer Trainees will learn such things as:

· Entering a community

· Identifying and training local leaders · Strategic planning and issue cutting · Relationship and community building · Direct Action on community issues · Fundraising

This is a paid training program designed to promote successful graduates into permanent salaried positions making up to $35,000/year in starting salaries, plus benefits. Graduates from the DART Organizers Institute have gone onto accept Executive Director and Associate Community Organizing positions throughout the country. We continue to train the best of those working to build the power of low-moderate income neighborhoods to win victories on important issues in their community.

To apply, please send an updated resume to: Ben MacConnell, the Recruitment Director at: before December 15, 2009. You can also call him with questions: (785) 841-2680. To find out more about the DART center, check out our website: For a brief introduction to DART and the Organizers Institute, check out:

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Student Ministry Opportunity

One of our Dominican brothers met a mother this past weekend who was interested in procuring weekly catechesis lessons for her three children, ages 6, 9 and 10. For further details, contact the mother, Kristin Myles, or 510.528.4361.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Wednesday, September 30, 2009


How does one find the time for prayer, work, study and relationships
when our world is such a busy place--when we are so busy?

The answer: INTEGRATION.

As we begin this semester’s reading week Fr. Michael Sweeney, OP and
Fr. Anselm Ramelow, OP will share their thoughts on this important
topic, so essential to the Dominican charism and so vital for all of
us who want to be happy and healthy human beings.

Additionally, there will be time for you to share your own reflections
on the melding of faith and life.

The cost of this event: FREE!
(We just ask that you procure your own lunch on Saturday)

We have intentionally kept the schedule at a minimum so that you can
rest and reflect a bit, but don’t have to take too much time out of
your typical routine.
[All sessions are optional, although we ask you to RSVP for meals so
we know how much food to prepare.]

The schedule follows:
Friday, 23rd of October
6:15pm--Dinner (please RSVP)
7:00pm--Opening Session with Fr. Michael Sweeney, OP
8:00pm--Night prayer (followed by the recitation of the Rosary)

Saturday, 24th of October
10:15am--Bagels with lox and cream cheese
10:45am--Session #1 with Fr. Anselm Ramelow, OP
12:00pm--Lunch (please procure your own lunch)
2:00pm--Session #2 with Fr. Anselm Ramelow, OP
3:00pm--Eucharistic Adoration
4:00pm--Attendees are welcome to stay or disperse for further reflection

Sunday, 25th of October at St. Albert’s Priory [give Chapel address
on Chabot Rd.]
8:30am--Morning Prayer
[10:30am—Brunch (please RSVP)]

RSVPs to Hannah Mecaskey:

God bless,
ASDSPT Council

Monday, September 28, 2009


LITURGY COORDINATOR - Call To Action National Conference

The Liturgy Coordinator position reports to CTA's Conference Manager and is responsible for coordinating and providing quality liturgical experiences that celebrate and strengthen the CTA community as we gather for our annual conference.


Responsibilities include the planning, training, recruiting and scheduling of ministers and liturgical artists (including environmental designer, musicians, liturgical dancers), coordinating and execution of the Friday opening Liturgy, Sunday closing Eucharist, and a brief opening prayer at the Saturday plenary session. Also responsible for preparing, caring for, and ordering all liturgical articles and supplies, including bread and wine. The Liturgy Coordinator will also be responsible for working with the Conference Manager to ensure the overall flow of all plenary sessions. This includes providing times for mic checks for anyone speaking from the stage and providing outlines and scripts to the sound/light technicians & camera technicians. This will also include communicating all equipment needs to the technical crew and Conference Manager.

This is a contract position, requiring attendance at the CTA National Conference Wednesday-Sunday of the week of conference each year. Other time requirements throughout the year (especially March - November) include planning and preparation, recruiting (with the assistance of the Conference Manager) a Liturgy Committee to represent the many constituencies of Call To Action as well as liturgical artists who will be involved in the liturgies, working within the budget set for liturgy, coordinating and facilitating regular conference calls and communication with the Liturgy Committee, providing text and music to be included in the conference program book, and regular communication with the Conference Manager. The Liturgy Coordinator will also work with the Conference Manager to recruit a homilist and prayer leaders to participate in the liturgy and will communicate with them their roles, time allotment, and provide time for rehearsal.


* Familiarity with Call To Action mission and recent attendance of at least one Call To Action conference.
* Three-plus years experience in liturgy coordinating.
* Bachelor's Degree, preferably in theology, liturgy or religious studies.
* Organized; able to work collaboratively with staff and committee members; computer literate (Microsoft Office and Powerpoint), regular access to e-mail.


Interested candidates should electronically submit their resume and cover letter detailing relative experience and skills relating to this position. The application and any questions about the information described above should be submitted electronically to Tom Honore at with the subject heading "CTA Liturgy Coordinator Search." Applications should be submitted by October 14, 2009.

CTA is an Equal Opportunity employer. CTA makes decisions affecting employees without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions), sexual or effectual orientation, gender identity or orientation, martial status, national origin, age, handicap or disability, veteran's status and other factors not related to job performance.