“I went to the Dominican Young Adults conference in Chicago this summer with the intention of seeing some old friends and diving a little deeper into our faith. Both of these hopes were filled beyond my expectation. Dominican Young Adults attracts some very real people who are not afraid to share their hopes and frustrations and who have the courage to speak out for the voiceless. This setting provided great opportunities for reflection, discussion, hard work, and enjoyment.
Many of us were already familiar with Dominic’s nine ways of prayer, but we dove deeper into expressing prayer with our bodies and also gained new appreciation for Thomas Aquinas’ writings and spirituality. This time for reflection allowed us to bond on a deeper level as a group and provided a safe environment throughout the week where we could share the way God’s love was changing our lives.
During my time at the conference, I was most inspired during one of the presentations where we learned details regarding the conflict in the Congo. We were informed that much of the conflict is over minerals which are used to make the electronics we use daily. I was once again reminded of how connected we are as a world and that all, no matter how far away they might be, are my brothers and sisters.
Over the next eleven months I will be working at a small farm run by the Dominican Sisters who founded my alma mater. It is my hope that my time with these Dominicans will continue to inspire me to see others as my family in Christ the way my time with the Dominican Young Adults did this past summer.”
Nicole Knabe, age 25, grew up in Lexington, OH. She attended Ohio Dominican University in Columbus and received her Bachelor of Arts in Theology with a minor in music in 2007. In 2009 she received her Master of Arts in Theology at the same institution. She now lives in Grove City, OH and works at Shepherd’s Corner as a Notre Dame Mission Volunteers AmeriCorps worker. In her spare time she enjoys assisting with liturgical music and volunteering with youth and children.