A Welcome Message from Sr. Margaret Ormond, O.P., '60It is my joy to write to you as a friend of Dominican Academy. As you may know, I am the first President of Dominican Academy and a member of the school's sponsoring congregation, the Dominican Sisters of Peace. And to add to this brief resume, I am a proud graduate of D.A. (Class of 1960).
Serving in this role at my alma mater has been a delight. I marvel at the new generations of D.A. girls who are committed to the same four Dominican pillars of prayer, study, community, and service that I was. So in some ways, life at D.A. is not entirely new. But on the other hand, the student body is brand new to me. They are eager, enthusiastic, and energetic. There is a like-minded approach to study here. Our students are interested in learning, and approach it both individually and collectively. This sense of community permeates not only students’ academic lives but also their social and spiritual lives. A D.A. girl commits herself to service and enjoys finding creative ways to reach out to others in need, in both the school community and beyond.
The teachers play a pivotal role in the lively approach to learning here at D.A. Teachers make themselves available to students by being attentive to their questions and doubts, providing thoughtful feedback on their work, and showing genuine interest in their learning and development. Outside of the classroom, teachers serve as club moderators for groups as varied as Girls Who Code, Shakespeare Club, and Campus Ministry. It is amazing for me to see how engaged the students are in so many aspects of life here. As one graduate recently wrote: “At D.A., we are taught to be virtuous women of strong character and encouraged to live lives of integrity, to thirst for justice and to choose the right thing.” A parent or a President could hope for nothing more.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me at Dominican Academy to come and meet our students and teachers. You are always welcome. I ask for your prayers so that this spirit of our founder, Saint Dominic, permeates our very beings and propel us to go forth to preach the truth with joy and mercy.
Sr. Margaret Ormond, O.P., '60