The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) defines prayer as elevating one's mind and heart to God or pleading with Him for favours consistent with His will. To put it another way, prayer is an act of communication with God with the ultimate goal of discovering and carrying out God's plan for our life. Hence, it is a necessary act for a meaningful existence, and as a college focused on the service of God and others, as exemplified by the school motto, prayer is a significant aspect of college life. Knowing God's will is necessary for the service to God and the service to others that it encompasses.
DLC cultivates in its faculty and students a personal and live connection with God, who calls them to serve as stewards of creation, as a prayerful college community. The following are the types of prayers that are encouraged at DLC: rosary, morning and evening prayers, prayers before and after meals, and participation in Holy Mass.
In DLC, every day begins and concludes with prayer. Our pupils get the chance to pray the psalms in thanksgiving to God for the gift of life and creation that they enjoy during the Morning Prayer that comes before the celebration of the Holy Mass. Students pray five decades daily and ten (10) decades of the Rosary in May and October, which are holy months in the Catholic calendar dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, asking the Mother of God and our Mother to intercede on their behalf.
Following a nightcap, our students thank God for their day's experiences, thanking Him for the lessons they've learned, the tasks they've completed, the encouragement they have received, the ways their lives have been impacted, the joy they have felt, and the joy they have shared. They then commit themselves to God's tender love and protection.
At DLC, the Holy Mass is said four times a week. In the Catholic faith tradition, the Holy Mass is the ultimate form of prayer. It remembers Christ's compassion for humanity and gives members of the college community the chance to encounter Christ's love once more during the liturgy of the Word and the liturgy of the Eucharist.
In the Liturgy of the Word, we hear passages from holy books that describe how God was present in the lives of our ancestors, seeking to understand how God is still present in our lives. In the Liturgy of the Eucharist, we share a meal of plain bread and wine that strengthens us to be Christ for others by sharing with them our talents, time and treasures. In DLC, the Holy Mass is celebrated with the distinctive characteristic of praying and singing for staff and students on their birthdays. On visiting Sundays, parents and guardians are welcome to attend Holy Mass with their children.