"Go, sell what you have and give to the poor, then come and follow me!" Mt. 19:21

"Go, sell what you have and give to the poor, then come and follow me!" Mt. 19:21

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Simple Profession 2011 (Photos)


On August 15, 2011, sixteen men completed their novitiate by making simple profession of vows into 
the Eastern Province of the Dominican Order.

The profession of vows took place at St. Gertrude’s parish in Cincinnati, Ohio where the novitiate is located. Fr. John Langlois, O.P., socius to the provincial, received the vows of all the men in place of the Master of the Dominican Order, Fr. Bruno Cadoré, O.P.

Present at the liturgy were also the Most Rev. Roger Joseph Foys, D.D., Bishop of the Covington Diocese, and the Most Rev. Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D., Archbishop of Louisville.

After the readings and the homily given by Fr. Langlois, the brothers made their vows. Kneeling on the
 steps of the altar, with hands holding the constitutions of the Friar Preachers, each brother stated:

I, Brother _________, make profession and promise obedience to God, to Blessed Mary, and to Blessed Dominic, and to you, Brother John Albert Langlois, Vicar Provincial of the Province of St. Joseph, in place of Brother Bruno Cadoré, Master of the Order of Friars Preachers and his successors, according to the Rule of Blessed Augustine and the institutions of the Friars Preachers, that I will be obedient to you and your successors for three years and six months (or one year).

One of the sixteen, Bro. Gregory Maria, O.P., after making his profession states, “It is a tremendous and overwhelming blessing to receive this gift of consecration. We all hope to live out faithfully that which we have professed as we move onto our studies in Washington DC.”

It was noted by Fr. Langlois that this year’s class was the largest to make profession in over 44 years.  
Photos taken at the simple profession can be viewed here:

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Solemn Mass in the Dominican Rite on the Feast of St. Dominic

Here are incredible photos and music from a Solemn Mass in the Dominican Rite celebrated for the Feast of Our Holy Father, St. Dominic at Blessed Sacrament parish in Seattle (Western Province).


Fr. Pius Pietrzyk OP who currently is studying for a degree in Canon Law at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas (Angelicum) in Rome recently wrote a Q&A on Universae Ecclesia & the Dominican Rite which is very informative. Also check out Fr. Augustine Thompson OP's blog on Dominican Liturgy. Our province also produced a site with video tutorials on the Dominican Rite.

Our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI's WYD 2011 Address to Seminarians

Mass with Seminarians at the Cathedral of Santa María la Real de la Almudena, Madrid
Saturday, 20 August 2011
Your Eminence the Archbishop of Madrid,
Dear Brother Bishops,
Dear Priests and Religious,
Dear Rectors and Formators,
Dear Seminarians,
Dear Friends,

I am very pleased to celebrate Holy Mass with you who aspire to be Christ’s priests for the service of the Church and of man, and I thank you for the kind words with which you welcomed me. Today, this holy cathedral church of Santa María La Real de la Almudena is like a great Upper Room, where the 
Lord greatly desires to celebrate the Passover with you who wish one day to preside in his name at the mysteries of salvation. Looking at you, I again see proof of how Christ continues to call young disciples and to make them his apostles, thus keeping alive the mission of the Church and the offer of the Gospel to the world. As seminarians you are on the path towards a sacred goal: to continue the mission which Christ received from the Father. Called by him, you have followed his voice and, attracted by his loving gaze, you now advance towards the sacred ministry. Fix your eyes upon him who through his incarnation is the supreme revelation of God to the world and who through his resurrection faithfully fulfills his promise. Give thanks to him for this sign of favour in which he holds each one of you. 

The first reading which we heard shows us Christ as the new and eternal priest who made of himself a perfect offering. The response to the psalm may be aptly applied to him since, at his coming into the world, he said to the Father, “Here I am to do your will” (cf. Ps 39:8). He tried to please him in all things: in his words and actions, along the way or welcoming sinners. His life was one of service and his longing was a constant prayer, placing himself in the name of all before the Father as the first-born son of many brothers and sisters. The author of the Letter to the Hebrews states that, by a single offering, he brought to perfection for all time those of us who are called to share his sonship (cf. Heb 10:14).

The Eucharist, whose institution is mentioned in the Gospel just proclaimed (cf. Lk 22:14-20), is the real expression of that unconditional offering of Jesus for all, even for those who betrayed him. It was the offering of his body and blood for the life of mankind and for the forgiveness of sins. His blood, a sign of life, was given to us by God as a covenant, so that we might apply the force of his life wherever death reigns due to our sins, and thus destroy it. Christ’s body broken and his blood outpoured – the surrender of his freedom – became through these Eucharistic signs the new source of mankind’s redeemed freedom. In Christ, we have the promise of definitive redemption and the certain hope of future blessings. Through Christ we know that we are not walking towards the abyss, the silence of nothingness or death, but are rather pilgrims on the way to a promised land, on the way to him who is our end and our beginning.

Dear friends, you are preparing yourselves to become apostles with Christ and like Christ, and to accompany your fellow men and women along their journey as companions and servants.

How should you behave during these years of preparation? First of all, they should be years of interior silence, of unceasing prayer, of constant study and of gradual insertion into the pastoral activity and structures of the Church. A Church which is community and institution, family and mission, the creation of Christ through his Holy Spirit, as well as the result of those of us who shape it through our holiness and our sins. God, who does not hesitate to make of the poor and of sinners his friends and instruments for the redemption of the human race, willed it so. The holiness of the Church is above all the objective holiness of the very person of Christ, of his Gospel and his sacraments, the holiness of that power from on high which enlivens and impels it. We have to be saints so as not to create a contradiction between the sign that we are and the reality that we wish to signify.

Meditate well upon this mystery of the Church, living the years of your formation in deep joy, humbly, clear-mindedly and with radical fidelity to the Gospel, in an affectionate relation to the time spent and the people among whom you live. No one chooses the place or the people to whom he is sent, and every time has its own challenges; but in every age God gives the right grace to face and overcome those challenges with love and realism. That is why, no matter the circumstances in which he finds and however difficult they may be, the priest must grow in all kinds of good works, keeping alive within him the words spoken on his Ordination day, by which he was exhorted to model his life on the mystery of the Lord’s cross.

To be modeled on Christ, dear seminarians, is to be identified ever more closely with him who, for our sake, became servant, priest and victim. To be modeled on him is in fact the task upon which the priest spends his entire life. We already know that it is beyond us and we will not fully succeed but, as St Paul says, we run towards the goal, hoping to reach it (cf. Phil 3:12-14).

That said, Christ the High Priest is also the Good Shepherd who cares for his sheep, even giving his life for them (cf. Jn 10:11). In order to liken yourselves to the Lord in this as well, your heart must mature while in seminary, remaining completely open to the Master. This openness, which is a gift of the Holy Spirit, inspires thedecision to live in celibacy for the sake of the kingdom of heaven and, leaving aside the world’s goods, live in austerity of life and sincere obedience, without pretence.

Ask him to let you imitate him in his perfect charity towards all, so that you do not shun the excluded and sinners, but help them convert and return to the right path. Ask him to teach you how to be close to the sick and the poor in simplicity and generosity. Face this challenge without anxiety or mediocrity, but rather as a beautiful way of living our human life in gratuitousness and service, as witnesses of God made man, messengers of the supreme dignity of the human person and therefore its unconditional defenders. Relying on his love, do not be intimidated by surroundings that would exclude God and in which power, wealth and pleasure are frequently the main criteria ruling people’s lives. You may be shunned along with others who propose higher goals or who unmask the false gods before whom many now bow down. That will be the moment when a life deeply rooted in Christ will clearly be seen as something new and it will powerfully attract those who truly search for God, truth and justice.

Under the guidance of your formators, open your hearts to the light of the Lord, to see if this path which demands courage and authenticity is for you. Approach the priesthood only if you are firmly convinced that God is calling you to be his ministers, and if you are completely determined to exercise it in obedience to the Church’s precepts.


With this confidence, learn from him who described himself as meek and humble of heart, leaving behind all earthly desire for his sake so that, rather than pursuing your own good, you build up your brothers and sisters by the way you live, as did the patron saint of the diocesan clergy of Spain, St John of Avila. Moved by his example, look above all to the Virgin Mary, Mother of Priests. She will know how to mould your hearts according to the model of Christ, her divine Son, and she will teach you how to treasure for ever all that he gained on Calvary for the salvation of the world. Amen.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Newly Ordained Dominican, Fr. Austin Litke OP Goes to World Youth Day

In a recent interview, I was able to talk with Fr. Austin Litke, O.P., a newly ordained Dominican priest, about his first summer of priestly ministry. What was especially interesting about his summer was his experience of World Youth Day. He had the opportunity to be the chaplain for a group of students from Mount De Sales Academy, in Catonsville, Md, which the Dominican Sisters of the St. Cecilia Congregation run. I will be posting excerpts from the interview over the next few days in order to get a glimpse of a new priests experience of the universal and youthful Church.  Before going into specifics about World Youth Day, we talked a little about his experience as a hospital chaplain for the first two months of the summer. He had this to say:


When you are working in a hospital as a priest, every day you are dealing with the most dramatic and significant moment in people’s lives. It is often quite sad but it is always dramatic. As a priest, you bring the sacraments to people, you bring Christ to people. The mere presence of the priest, I have found is, deeply, deeply consoling to people and their families: particularly if someone is experiencing intense illness and is in the process of dying, often you are called to their rooms. And so, I have seen within my first few months one of the great truths of the priesthood: that a priest does not live his own life but he lives the life of Christ among the people of God for whom he is ordained. And I got to see all this very vividly. The fact is that at 29 years old I don’t have that much life experience or many skill sets to offer people. But the very fact that I have been ordained by the Church means that I come to people and bring them Christ Himself. And you see that come through very dramatically in the hospital.

I then asked him, now that he has begun to live the life of a priest, if his understanding of the priesthood has changed at all.
Fr. Austin Litke OP offers Mass of Thanksgiving
     That is a good question, actually. I started thinking about the priesthood when I was 10 years old, so of course your perception of things changes as you grow older. But what attracted me from the very beginning was the life of the priest, just seeing the things that a priest does. So in a certain sense that hasn’t changed, because I saw that a priest said Mass, heard confessions, prayed, visited people, and had a particular kind of life. However, I can say my focus has changed from what the priest does to who the priest is. Particularly in the most recent years, as I was getting closer and closer to the priesthood, and then living it out the last two and a half months, you see that it is not just another job. There is almost nothing about the priesthood that is just a job. It really has to be a whole life that embodies the real office of the priesthood and the rest of your life has to be built around that. Your life is truly not your own when you are a priest and so God and the Church call on every aspect of your life as a priest. And so what has changed in my perspective on the priesthood is going from wanting to do the things a priest does to taking on the actual life of the priest.

Later on in the interview, I asked what it was like to be a chaplain on a pilgrimage, especially on one that was so large in scale.

     One of the great things about being the chaplain on a pilgrimage is that a pilgrimage is a place where God really does speak to people’s hearts in different ways than He does otherwise. As a chaplain, as a priest on one of these trips, you get to be right front and center for what God is doing in people’s hearts. And so I had the great grace to be able to talk to some of the students and other people as we were going along about what was going on in their hearts and in their minds. Also, visibly being a priest, I had lots of people that would come up and ask to go to confession, to bless things, and just wanted to know who you were. But I think the greatest thing is being front and center for those particular graces of a pilgrimage in people’s lives. That was probably the best part of being a priest in a pilgrimage group. As a brother, I had been on pilgrimages before and it is not quite the same when you are a priest. In Madrid, in one of the big parks there, they had set up lines and lines of confessionals, where priests were able to show up and sit and hear confessions. So I heard confessions of people from all over the world, and the very fact that I was ordained a priest and that I showed up meant that I got to do that. So that is clearly a particular experience that you can’t have otherwise. Just as the experience in the hospitals taught me the beauty of the priesthood in a very interesting and dramatic way, so going on pilgrimage also showed me that, again, it doesn’t really matter what my skill sets or past experiences are. The fact that I am a priest means that I get to be that instrument of Christ anywhere. That is, anywhere I go, I get both to witness to Christ, and to bring Him to people in whatever circumstances those people happen to be in.

Well that is all for this post. Next time, we will see what Fr. Austin had to say about his general impression of World Youth Day and some of the unique ways his status as a Dominican helped to provide a unique experience for his pilgrims.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Dominican Devotion to the Cross



In Medieval art and within the Dominican tradition, there is a strong devotion to the cross of Jesus Christ. This is because, as St. Paul tells us, “we are reconciled to God by the death of His Son”, and so we are confident to “enter into the Holies” of the heavenly places “through the blood of Christ” (Rm 5:10, Heb 10:19). Once Dominican friars contemplate the grace that Christ made visible on the cross, we can then share that grace with others in our preaching.
Br. Patrick Mary Briscoe O.P., a recently professed Dominican friar, explains his closer devotion to the cross of Jesus Christ after meditating on the short prayer of St. Thomas, Crux mihi:
“It seems to me that today many Christians avoid devotion to the Crucified Christ. Prior to my novitiate year, I was one of them. I was only able to experience the Passion of our Lord as a macabre or sinister event, which could only be encountered in a very general way. I now treasure the following prayer of Saint Thomas because my entire paradigm of the way I know Jesus Christ has changed. It is very direct:
Crux mihi certa salus The Cross is my sure salvation.
Crux est quam semper adoro The Cross I ever adore.
Crux Domini mecum The Cross of the Lord is with me.
Crux mihi refugium The Cross is my refuge.
Br. Patrick Mary continues, “The cross is not simply a sign of goodwill… it is a gift given out of love. I treasure and love the cross because…it is the way that I may enter into the life of the Holy Trinity. It is only by loving the Crucified Christ that I will find His joy, and that my life may be fulfilled in Him.”
In John’s Gospel, Christ tells us that there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. Christ was such a man, and “if he gave his life for us, then it should not be difficult to bear whatever hardships arise for his sake.” – St. Thomas Aquinas
May the cross that exemplifies every virtue be the model of every Christian, whose hope and promise is union with God, and whose method is union with the cross of Jesus Christ.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Dominican Saints 101: St. Rose of Lima

This post has now been moved to the Provincial blog.  Check it out.


Trials of Religious Life

Fr. Brian Mullady, O.P., from the Western Province, has written an article on the difficulties and imperfections one will find in community life.  There are many trials that one not only faces from one's own weakness, but also from other members of the community.  These challenges are real, but the growth in charity takes a lot of work.  But since growth in charity is the end of religious life, it's worth the effort to be a rock in the can being made smooth by the other rocks.

Please pray for brothers in formation that they may grow in charity and persevere as they begin a new academic year.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

"The Power of Truth" - New Video for Rome's Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas

Kindly Light Media, a project of the Dominican province of St. Joseph and other provinces of the Order of Preachers have produced a new promotional video for the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (aka "Angelicum") in Rome.  In it you will see Fr. Charles Morerod OP (Rector & Professor of Philosophy) of the Swiss province & Fr. Philippe-André Holzer OP, (Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy) of the Province of Southern Germany and Austria, among others.

I was Chaplain for the Anglophone students for two years while I was studying for the STL in Spiritual Theology.  Rome Reports came in while I was there and made this video (below) about Eucharistic Adoration (all day, each day of class) at the Angelicum which is now in it's 11th year.  Students and faculty alike both make visits to the chapel throughout the day.  I must say it creates an awesome environment of prayer and study in the the Eternal City.  (if you watch in the video, in the room where the cardinal speaks to the class, this is the same room where Blessed John Paul II defended his doctoral dissertation when he was a student at the Angelicum!)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Friars Profess Solemn Vows at Dominican House of Studies

On August 13, 2011 nine of our friars made their solemn profession "usque ad mortem" (until death) in imitation of our Lord (see Phil 2:8). The homily from the celebration is linked below.

On the Consecratory Nature of Solemn Vows in the Theology of St. Thomas Aquinas

Friars prostrate during the Litany of the Saints

(for full screen slideshow of these photos click here)

Solemn Profession on our provincial website

...and here you will find our new Dominican Novices & their religious names (please say a prayer for them!)

Friday, August 12, 2011

Friars Making Simple Profession of Vows to Arrive to Washington DC

Here are the friars who will make their profession of Simple Vows on August 15, 2011. They will be arriving to the Dominican House of Studies the third week of August to begin their studies.  I will add "OP" after their names after August 15!  (CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE & CLICK NAME FOR BIO)   

For MANY photos of new Novices with bios click here.  

For the Simple Profession Homily click here.







Thursday, August 11, 2011

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

2011 Novice Names: "In the world you were called....in the Order you will be called..."

Here are some photos of the new novices including their religious names (below). Please say a prayer that these men will persevere in giving themselves more to Jesus Christ as they begin this year of novitiate in the Order of Preachers and to follow Him in the way of our Holy Father, St. Dominic.  May the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary watch over them and protect them.  AMEN! 

FOR THE ORIGINAL HD PHOTOS (& MANY OF THEM, CLICK HERE)
 (for other photos click here)

 (for their biographies click here)

                    "In the world… In the Order ..."
Brother Pier Giorgio

Brother Luke

Brother Alan

Brother Leo [Joseph]

Brother Timothy

Brother Edmund

Brother Aquinas

Brother Mannes

Brother Henry

Brother Peter Joseph

Monday, August 8, 2011

2011 DOMINICAN NOVICES FOR THE PROVINCE OF ST. JOSEPH



Here are the first photos, click to enlarge (update: more added!). Say a prayer for these men and for vocations to the Order of Preachers.  This is the third largest class in 27 years. For their biographies click here.  For their new religious names click here.

2011 Novitiate Class with the Novice Master, the Prior & the Assistant Novice Master


Classes of 2010 & 2011 Novices together


IN THIS SLIDE SHOW YOU WILL FIND THE BEST PHOTOS & MANY OF THEM!




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The 2010 Class of Novices will make their simple Profession on August 15, 2011 at 11:30AM. YOU ARE ALL INVITED!

Consider coming to our next Vocation Weekend at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington DC.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

St. Vincent Ferrer on Holy Father, St. Dominic


Happy Feast of our Holy Father, St. Dominic!  At 9AM on the feast, our new postulants will begin their canonical year of novitiate as they are clothed in the habit of our Holy Father, St. Dominic. All 29 novices (classes of 2010 & 2011) will join in the parish celebration at the 11:30AM Mass in St. Gertrude church. Please say a prayer for these men as they begin their religious life.

This excerpt is from the great apocalyptic preacher, St. Vincent Ferrer on St. Dominic.

"I say that the second condition of salt is that it preserves from corruption. It doesn’t just cure and clean what is already corrupt, but it also preserves. This is clear because when a man wishes to preserve meat or fish, he puts salt on them, which restricts moistures etc. Although this is clear, nevertheless there is a scriptural authority, of Tobias, who caught a fish, of which he ate a part, “…and they took it with them in the way: the rest they salted as much as might serve them, till they came to Rages the city of the Medes,” (Tob 6:6).

So too of blessed Dominic. For I find that this world ought to be corrupted and finished. Already it has been two hundred years and more have gone by. But the Virgin Mary, wishing still to preserve the world, put salt in it, namely Blessed Dominic, and saved the world. For in the stories of the saints and in the life of blessed Dominic also in two places we read of a vision which Blessed Dominic and Blessed Francis both witnessed. When they were in Rome working for the confirmation of their orders, about which the pope and cordials were giving them difficulties over this such new thing, because they were seeking confirmation of a status which was both higher and lower.

High, because it was both a contemplative life of study, and active. By exercising, by celebrating and by preaching — spiritual efforts, the family [of God] is satisfied with the word of God, and the ignorant are instructed in the faith etc. And the dead, that is sinners, are buried in the wounds of Christ. Again, the captives of the devil are redeemed. The army is activated, because the demons are conquered. O what an assembly, that is, by preaching sinners are made subject to Christ. Secondly so lowly, because despising affluence, because they are mendicants, therefore the pope was not inclined to confirm them, because they could repay nothing.

One night, when Blessed Dominic was in a certain church praying, and blessed Francis in another, Christ was seen by them with three lances, wishing to destroy the world. These saints were saying to themselves, “O shall there be there no holy one in heaven who can call back this wrath?” And suddenly the Virgin Mary came, like a mother coming quickly to snatch her child from devouring wolves, saying, “O son, you are now bearing lances, you who are accustomed to bearing nails in your hands for the world. Christ replied — Saints Dominic and Francis were listening– “My mother, how much more should I do, since I have showered the world with so many graces? I sent the patriarchs, and prophets, and they killed them; and finally I myself came etc. History tells, how up until now, I have not spared [graces]. These three lances, destructive of the world, are the three great tribulations about to come shortly over the world. First is the tribulation and persecution of the antichrist, which lance can be said that it pierces the whole world. Second shall be the conflagration of the world through fire; the whole world is burned, etc. Third is the judicial sentencing by Christ. Of these three lances, scripture testifies, allegorically in 2 Kgs 18 About Absalom, the traitor and rebel son of David. He was killed by three lances from Joab, the captain of the army. The story says, “So he [Joab] took three lances in his hand, and thrust them into the heart of Absalom,” (2 Kgs 18:14).

Why did God wish that Absalom be killed by three lances, since one would have been sufficient, especially for a man suspended etc. It was a figure. For the son betraying God the Father is this whole world acting against the commandments of God, expelling their father, namely God from the world as much as possible. But the prince of the army, namely Christ kills them with three aforesaid lances. Even in the time of blessed Dominic the world ought to have been destroyed by Christ and corrupted, but the Virgin Mary put the salt, namely, Dominic, gaining a reprieve.

Think now here how the whole world is in reprieve, and not for a fixed time, but on condition. If converted, OK, otherwise I shall no longer spare them. Now let us see if the world in these [our] lands, is corrected.

I believe that never was there so much pomp and vanities, etc. as there are now, no such luxury, unless in the time of Noah. For the hotels [hospitia] are full, and even the villas are filled with prostitutes. Mix bad apples with the good, and shortly all are rotten. Same for avarice and usury, because they change its name, usury they call “contrived assessments,” but when the intention is not buying or selling, but of borrowing, it is usury. Also not for a just price, whatever your receive beyond strong [ultra forte] is usury and damnation. Same too with simony in the clergy; they have all sacraments ultimately for sale in some way. Same for envy. If someone among religious has some excellence in discussion, or the science of preaching, others are envious. It is the same with clergy and laity about gluttony. Already you see that Lent is not observed, nor vigils of the apostles nor the rogation days observed etc. [quatuor temporum, literally the four times] You know about anger, already worse, it is against both God and reason. If someone does another injury, and they cannot get him, they kill his innocent friend contrary to divine law, because it is against divine and human judgment to kill an innocent person. About sloth. The world comes to this that all are reputed lazy, unless a businessmen, but if someone takes some time off for a work of God and of prayer they are called lazy, but in the evening [of time] it will be apparent who was lazy, and because the world is not corrected, moreover that it is worse, these religions, which were given to correct the world are already destroyed. So if blessed Dominic or Francis should come now, they would not recognize their religious orders.

Since therefore the world has not been corrected, what follows, but that in a short time it will be corrupted before the coming of the day of judgment? and so for the others objections respond. etc. Behold the salt, namely Blessed Dominic. On his account we praise God saying: Blessed be the redeemer of all, who providing for the salvation of mankind gave St. Dominic to the world."
(from the blog of the Dominican Parish of St. Vincent Ferrer in NYC)

CURRENT NOVICES WILL MAKE VOWS ON AUGUST 15, 2011 AT 11:30AM IN CINCINNATI.  ALL ARE INVITED!

The New Novitiate Class of 2011 for the Province of St. Joseph

Friday, August 5, 2011

Fr. James Brent OP on Faith and Reason

Here is a section of a talk given by Fr. James Brent OP:  Faith and Reason: Friends or Foes?


Fr. James is a frequent speaker at our vocation weekends and teaches Philosophy at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC across the street from the Dominican House of Studies.  The full video can be found here.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Contagious Joy: The Ann Arbor Dominican Sisters

(FOR PERPETUAL VOWS PHOTOS OF AUG. 2, 2011 SCROLL DOWN)

UPDATE: Photos of First Profession on August 4, 2011 - CONGRATULATIONS SISTERS!

Greetings from the Mother House of the Dominican Sisters of Mary Mother of the Eucharist in Ann Arbor, Michigan!  I am here with some other Dominican Friars to celebrate with the sisters who made their Perpetual Vows (Aug. 2) & their Simple Vows (Aug. 4).  These were amazing celebrations!  Here were Frs. James Moore OP, Paul Rafferty OP, & Anthony Patalano OP of the Holy Name (Western) province & Frs. Jonathan Kalisch OP and James Brent OP of our province.   Recently I posted on the Ann Arbor Dominican Sisters' new mission in Texas.  In the same post you will see the announcement about our own Fr. Giles Dimock OP who has been named the new chaplain of the Mother House in Ann Arbor starting October 2011.

It is a tremendous joy to be here and see so many of our Dominican Sisters! Thursday will be the First Profession of their 2nd year novices.  Say a prayer for these Sisters as they prepare for their vows.  These two here were sharing with me how excited they were for Thursday.
It is a joy that is contagious!  On Thursday after the Mass here, I am making my way down to our novitiate in Cincinnati for the vestition of the men who will be clothed with the Dominican habit on August 8 (thus starting their canonical year of novitiate) and the parish and Dominican community's celebration of the Feast of St. Dominic at 11:30AM in St. Gertrude church. You are invited!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Updates from Dominican Provincial Website: Monthly Missive for July 2011

I just wanted to include here the various updates that were sent out via our Provincial Office office.  While it comes from our office of advancement and from our former provincial, Fr. Dominic Izzo OP, I think still provides a good perspective of some of the things happening in our province for men discerning a vocation with us.  Let me know what you think of it!

July Monthly Missive (updates) for the Province of St. Joseph

I wanted also to direct you to our provincial website for an update on one of our Dominican bishops, Christopher Cardone OP, Bishop of Auki, Solomon Islands (S. Pacific) who has a nice update in the Catholic newspaper for the Diocese of Rockville Center on Long Island, NY where he grew up.  

The photos in the album are when Fr. Wojciech Golubiewski OP (a friar from the Polish province on loan to the Holy Rosary missionary province of the Order) and I were recently visiting Bishop Cardone with his family on Long Island just before he took off back to his diocese - an amazing Dominican! 
+Interesting fact:  in the photo album, you will see Bishop Chris' pectoral cross which is made from shark teeth (which serve as currency even today in the Solomon Islands) and are consider precious.  Bishop Chris told me that when he made is Ad Limina visit to Rome with the Holy Father, he was admiring it very closely!