The Novitiate provides many opportunities for rich, intercultural living. Our collaborative Dominican community comprises persons whose heritage is within the United States, Canada, Ireland, Germany, Vietnam, Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, Africa, the indigenous tribe of the Kalinago and much more. There have been many invitations for us to share our familial, native and cultural customs. Living abroad has helped me to articulate the treasures that I have experienced within my country and family so that others can understand my heritage. I am also enriched when others in turn share their heritage. As a community, we are open to and respectful of each other’s cultural expressions.

Daily we try to intentionally live in ways that honour the diversity among us. Admittedly, there are times when we are challenged by our differences. In these moments, open, honest and respectful dialogue enable us to come to a deeper understanding of the issues and to find mutually beneficial solutions. All of our differences are framed by a common Dominican identity and a commitment to be present to each other in community. These core values unify us and enables us to create a rhythm of being that is unique to us.

As a community, we participate in the inter-community novitiate programme, which provides further opportunities to interact with novices and formation directors from different parts of the world. I have been introduced to new foods, languages and music. Moreover, I have truly enjoyed the times when the novices have participated in each other’s cultural dances. I am truly thankful for these experiences of communion. As religious, we are a powerful and joyful witness to the world of inclusivity and unity in the midst of diversity. May we continue to honour the many ways in which God is present among us.

Our collaborative Dominican community 

Hyde Park Novices and Novice Directors