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A Religious Experience:

The Birthplace of Barry's Vision

St. Dominic's statue at the Signadou, Fanjeaux

Perhaps one of the more unique study abroad experiences offered at Barry is the Fanjeaux Summer Program for Dominican Colleges and Universities. One student and one faculty member from Barry are chosen to join students, faculty, and staff from Dominican Colleges and Universities throughout the country.

The group lives and studies in Fanjeaux, the medieval French town where St. Dominic’s vision of an order devoted to seeking and sharing the truth took shape from 1206 to 1216.

“It’s an amazing experience,” says Greta Moncayo, corporate sponsorships coordinator at Barry. “Walking in the footsteps of St. Dominic and really sharing the vision of the Dominicans about community, study, prayer, teaching, and ministry. It all correlates to the mission of Barry and it was incredible to literally walk through it from the beginning.”

Mornings are spent working and studying, while the group explores historic sites significant in the early history of the Order of Preachers. As a community of learners, participants enjoy simple living at a Dominican guest house and also a few days in Paris.

“It was really nice to get in touch with my spirituality, even though I’m not Catholic,” recalls Nicole Ogando, an international business and finance major who attended in 2011. “I learned to appreciate our Dominican heritage. It was a diverse group of Buddhists, Catholics, Christians, and Jews, but we were able to communicate in our own spiritual ways and experience what we learned.”

Participants of the Fanjeaux experience at the gardens of the Abbey of Fontfroide
Croix du Sicaire in Fanjeaux, where would-be murderers waited to kill St. Dominic before running away at his sight