The Dominican Order launched its youth arm on September 8, “completing the family here in Trinidad and Tobago”, according to Fr Dwight Black OP. The Dominican Family consists of Friars (Brothers and Priests), Nuns, Sisters, and the Lay-Dominicans (laity), which includes Dominican youth.
Internationally, the broad goal of the Dominican youth movement is to inculcate within young people the spirituality and vision of St Dominic, founder of the Order, so that they can share in the Order’s mission of preaching the Truth and promoting justice and peace.
The formal launch of the Dominican Youth Movement of Trinidad and Tobago (DYMTT) was the work of a small group of men and women, religious and lay, adult and youth, who share, among other things, the vision of young people passing on God’s Word to other young people. Coordinated by Sr Aluna Abbott, and under the guidance of Fr Dwight and Sr Arlene Greenidge, this team has been meeting for a little over one year.
Hosted by St Dominic’s Children’s Home, the launch began with the celebration of Holy Eucharist which was concelebrated by Fr Dwight and Fr Ferdinand Warner. Then came a Power Point presentation by Fr Dwight who shared the vision, mission and proposed structure of DYMTT. The gathering also caught a glimpse of what young people are capable of as members of the Home’s martial arts group and the music band displayed their giftedness and skills.
One of the evening’s highlights was the slide presentation and testimony of a member of the DYMTT team, Monique Gomez. Monique, led by Sr Aluna and four other members of the team – Leslie Corbie, Nakeshia Quamina, Gillian Garcia and Ricardo Mader – participated in the [International] Dominican Youth Movement (IDYM) World Meeting in Bogota, Colombia, in July. The mission work undertaken by the meeting participants was, for Monique, a most touching experience: “IDYM’s mission work was to preach to the people of the slums of Bogota. It drained you emotionally. That type of poverty is unseen here, very cold weather (5-17 degrees Celsius) and houses with no roofs and dirt floors … it made me appreciate where I live and what I have.”
For more information on DYMTT, check http://dominicanyouthmovement-TT.webs.com or email:firstname.lastname@example.org .
– Sr Aluna Abbott______________________________________________________________________________________