Willis Sowle III Begins Dominican Young Adults Chapter at SHU
Willis Sowle III ’15 is part of a youth move-
ment happening on the Siena Heights University campus.
The junior Religious Studies major from Toledo, Ohio, attended a Dominican preaching in action conference in Chicago in May 2012. Soon after that experience, he had a revelation.
“As I began to engage in campus ministry in the fall, it seemed like there was a missing piece in the faith community on campus,” Sowle said. “I came to realize that we are a Dominican university, and a vast majority of the students and faculty haven’t really embraced that idea. (This) led me to the conclusion that we need a student organization that enlightens students to the truth found in Dominican life.”
In October, Sowle helped form a chapter of the Dominican Young Adults on the Siena Heights campus. The DYA has replaced Sojourn, the campus ministry youth group that previously existed. He said the learning about the Dominican tradition and heritage has been a process.