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Prayer for true happiness

Our hope for Dominik. Dominik’s hope for himself. The hope of Easter! In late 2018, the Petteys found this paper Dominik wrote for religion class at Gonzaga. This is the original assignment, including the image he picked out himself to accompany his prayer.

Big old boxes

Dominik happily took this video of his friends “boxing” at school and posted it on social media. For those who never experienced his sense of humor in person, his laugh says it all. “It is requisite for the relaxation of the mind that we make use, from time to time, of playful deeds and jokes.”…

“Dude, don’t worry about it…”

The first time I met Dominik Pettey was the Summer he turned 16. He and my son Daniel were the exact same age- sharing the same birthday. What I remember most about Dom was his huge, warm smile. He was friendly, outgoing and exuded confidence. I met Dom another time also, the following Summer when…

“Jesus, I trust in You”

During his physical and interior struggles and absence from school Junior year, Dominik had many people who were praying for him. He was anointed and blessed with the Sacrament of the Sick. The Chaplet of Divine Mercy  was the regular prayer of his worried parents, often on their knees. His grandparents, too, shared in his…

God’s time

By early winter at the beginning of second semester Junior Year, Dominik had missed a lot of school. In addition to his personal absences, the Washington area had several winter storms. Classes were cancelled, but the students were still expected to keep up with their reading and homework. Gonzaga lost even more days that cold…

Pizza

During the time when Dominik was absent from Gonzaga, his doctor suggested that he get outside into the sunshine as much as possible and also find a job to help structure his days. His parents approached a local pizza restaurant and explained Dominik’s situation. Patrick, the managing partner, had nephews who went to Dominik’s school,…

Feeling alone

Being overwhelmed, sad and anxious Junior year made Dominik withdraw not only from attending school, but also from the companionship of his friends. When someone would ask what was going on or where he’d been, he would say: “I’m dealing with some stuff”, or “I can’t tell you right now”. Sometimes, he’d try to explain…

The Flow

Dominik’s experience of struggle after his burst appendix made feeling well again all the more sweet. During the Summer between Junior and Senior year, he worked at Ledo’s, did some schoolwork, played some hockey and began to gather again with his friends. When he was welcomed back to Gonzaga for his Senior year, he was…

“Live like Dom”

I went to pre-school with Dominik, and then 1st through 8th grade with him at St. Bart’s. I also lived a few blocks away in his neighborhood so we would carpool and hang out together while we were growing up. We went to separate high schools: Dom to Gonzaga and me to St. John’s, so…