Dominican College students learned about 17th century mystic and prophet St. Rose of Lima during the first event of Founders Week on Monday, September 20, 2021. In her keynote presentation, Sr. Kathleen McManus, O.P., described how St. Rose – known as the little saint of Lima – served the poor and sick and was concerned about the plight of indigenous miners and their families.
Sr. McManus described a mystic as someone who pays attention and told the students that attention is the natural prayer of the soul. “Who or what is a prophet? Someone who speaks truth and asks for justice in response to what gets their attention,” she said. “As you go forth from here contemplate this: What gets your attention and what are you going to do about it? Can you be a daring mystic and prophet of our time?”
Sr. McManus is a Dominican Sister of Blauvelt, NY, and former associate professor of systematic theology at the University of Portland. She has written extensively on Christology, theological anthropology and the theology of suffering. Founders Week is the annual celebration of Dominican College’s heritage and the Dominican Sisters who established it.