"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

Thursday, September 29, 2011

All Saints Vigil 2011 - The Dominican Friars' Popular Halloween Alternative for Young Adults in DC

PRINT OUT THE FLYER HERE for the Vigil of ALL SAINTS 2011 at the Dominican House of Studies (thank you for helping us get the word out!)

On Monday October 31, 2011 at 7:30PM  join us as we honor the Saints with Readings, Night Prayer, Reliquary Procession, & the Litany of the Saints.

Priests will be available for Confessions. 

Light refreshments follow.  

Men discerning a vocation should contact: Fr. Benedict Croell OP  vocations@dominicanfriars.org.  Organize your own All Saints Vigil!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Announcing: New England Vocation Event at Boston College 10/11/2011

Fr. Romanus Cessario OP & Fr. Nicanor Austriaco OP will lead a holy hour and vocations talk at Boston College on October 11, 2011.  If you plan to attend please do RSVP.  (Please click here for the flyer, print it out and help us get the word out)

Monday, September 26, 2011

Announcing: Kentucky Vocation Event 10/6/2011

Please help us by printing out the flyer HERE and posting it (or let me know and I will send you the original PDF).  Please RSVP if you will be coming.


Recent Highlights: Vocation Office

Greetings!  If you click on the image it will take you to our most recent monthly missive from our office of advancement - which doubles for a nice update on some of the events and news of our province.  (thanks Fr. Dominic Izzo OP!)  Then below a few more important things.

1) As you know we have 4 vocation weekends this academic year. If you have not made one, it would be particularly helpful for you.

2) In regard to living chastity, in the past I have told you about the Confraternity of the Angelic Warfare of St. Thomas Aquinas. I would like to invite all men discerning a vocation to our next enrollment in this confraternity which will take place on the Feast of the Archangels on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 7:30PM here in the chapel of the Dominican House of Studies. If you would like to come to be enrolled, please let me know and we could even have you come for 5:30PM vespers/dinner that night.

3) Every year on October 31 we have our annual All Saints Vigil (DC's most popular Halloween alternative for Young Adult Catholics). Last year some 400 young adults attended. This year (Monday Oct. 31, 2011) we have reserved our guest rooms for men considering a vocation who might be interested in coming to participate. It would be possible to spend the night with us.

4) Here you will find the new "Trumpet" from our office of advancement - it has a lot of great news from our province and our Dominican missions and also serves well as a vocation brochure!

5) I am preparing to send to each of you a few things by regular post. If anything has changed in your contact information, can you please shoot me an email?

6) I have Bros. Athansius Murphy OP, Peter Martyr Yungwirth OP, & Ambrose Little OP helping me in the vocation office, so if they contact you to update anything you know why. They are updating this blog fairly regularly and our website is also updated daily. I am trying to get out more to campus ministries this year so their help is very much appreciated. If you would like to invite us, please let me know! We could come in and help with Masses and offer a talk or retreat day.

7) Finally, I would alert you to the new young adult group that will be starting here at the Dominican House of Studies. This is for all young adults (men & women both) ages 21-35.  All of you discerning with us are also invited. Click on the image to go to the announcement.
8) Our first Kentucky Vocation Event will be on October 6 in St. Louis Bertrand Priory.  Click on the link to see the larger image.
9) Our New England Fall Vocation Event will be on October 11 at Boston College. We are very grateful to the Jesuits for hosting us.  Click on link to see the larger image.
You all are in my prayers and Masses.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

DC Frassati Fellowship

FOR OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT ON OUR PROVINCIAL WEBSITE CLICK HERE.

This fall marks the beginning of the DC Frassati Fellowship.  Two brothers from the Dominican House of Studies are getting the program running.  It has been widely successful in New York City and has spread to Baltimore.  In October, it has its first event in DC.

Here is the description from the brothers who are organizing it:

The DC Frassati Fellowship follows in the footsteps of Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati, seeking to bring the whole person to Christ through adoration, study, community, charitable activity, and love of the outdoors. Young adults ages 21-35 in the DC area are welcome to join. Our first events in the month of October will be  at the Dominican House of Studies (487 Michigan Ave, NE -- near Brookland/CUA metro):

Wed., Oct. 12, 7:30 PM: Reading/discussion of Pope Benedict's Light of the World and adoration
Sat., Oct. 15: Day hike in N. Virginia
Wed., Oct. 26, 7:30: Reading/discussion and adoration

For more information, sign up for the DC Frassati Fellowship email list and visit www.facebook.com/dcfrassati or email dcfrassati@gmail.com.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Prayers of St. Thomas Aquinas: before the Mass


While St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) is mainly known as an intellectual giant for the faith, the Angelic Doctor also wrote many poems, prayers, and other devotional works throughout his life.

Many of these prayers and verses, some of them only a sentence long, were collected by later generations of Dominican friars and bound in a small book called the libellus precum (little book of prayers).

One especially popular prayer is the Oratio ante Missam or Prayer before Mass:

Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, ecce accedo ad sacramentum unigeniti Filii tui, Domini nostri, Iesu Christi; accedo tamquam infirmus ad medicum vitae, immundus ad fontem misericordiae, caecus ad lumen claritatis aeternae, pauper et egenus ad Dominum caeli et terrae.  Rogo ergo immensae largitatis tuae abundantiam, quatenus meam curare digneris infirmitatem, lavare foeditatem, illuminare caecitatem, ditare paupertatem, vestire nuditatem; ut panem Angelorum, Regem regum et Dominum dominantium, tanta suscipiam reverentia et humilitate, tanta contritione et devotione, tanta puritate et fide, tali proposito et intentione, sicut expedit saluti animae meae….sic suscipere, ut corpori suo mystico merear incorporari, et inter eius membra connumerari.  O amantissime Pater, concede mihi dilectum Filium tuum, quem nunc velatum in via suscipere propono, revelata tandem facie perpetuo contemplari, Amen.


(Translation)
Almighty and eternal God, behold I approach the sacrament of your only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ as one sick to the doctor of life, unclean to the fount of mercy, blind to the light of eternal clarity, poor and needy to the Lord of heaven and earth.  And so I beg you in your generous mercy to heal my sickness, wash away my filth, enlighten my blindness, grace my poverty, and clothe my nakedness so that I may receive the bread of Angels, the King of kings and Lord of lords, with such reverence and humility, such contrition and devotion, purity and faith, and with such purpose and intention that it may advance the salvation of my soul….and that I may be worthy to be incorporated into His mystical body, and counted among His members.  O most loving Father, grant me your beloved Son, whom I now receive veiled in this sacrament, so to behold His face at last revealed, Amen.

Br. Louis Bertrand Mary O.P. has taken up the practice before Mass of meditating on the words St. Thomas Aquinas used to prepare before celebrating the divine liturgy:
"The prayer before Mass reminds us of how much we really need the grace of God and also of the unbelievable greatness of this Sacrament we receive…It helps us implore the Lord to grant us the full effects of the Holy Eucharist we receive."

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Prayerful Protest in Ohio for End to Abortion

Greetings from St. Patrick's Church in Columbus, Ohio!  

Today the pastor here, Fr. Michael Dosch OP, celebrated the morning Mass in honor of our Lady.  After the Mass, parishioners from St. Patrick's and St. Thomas Aquinas (Zanesville) went to an abortion clinic in downtown Columbus to prayerfully pray the entire Rosary in front of an abortion clinic.  Here is another story Right to Life did on St. Pat's.
Fr. Michael Dosch OP with parishioners of two of our
parishes praying the Rosary in front of abortion clinic in Columbus, OH.
It has been a long time since I have participated in one of these events and I must admit: it was very moving.  We saw about a dozen women enter the clinic this morning.  Pray for an end to abortion and for women who suffer the effects of abortion.


I am just here overnight. Yesterday I was in Latrobe, PA with Fr. Boniface Hicks OSB of St. Vincent Archabbey on the monks' radio station to talk about the catechesis of Bishop Anthony Fisher OP during the recent World Youth Day in Madrid.  I hope we will post that recording later.  

I am en route to Ann Arbor where I will be staying with the Dominican Sisters of Mary Mother of Eucharist while I attend a national conference for vocation directors.  Please say a prayer for all of us! 

Friday, September 16, 2011

Dominicana Blog


The Dominican student brothers launched a blog on Wednesday to accompany their print journal, Dominicana.  The online version will have daily entries by the student brothers, ranging "from science to Scripture, literature to liturgy, politics to prayer, or anything in between."

This initiative of the Dominican student brothers will hopefully bear much fruit in the spread of the Gospel as well as train them to better preachers as they get to carry out the Dominican motto of "contemplari et contemplata aliis tradere" (to contemplate and to hand on to others the fruits of contemplation) in their time of formation.

Please feel free to check it out: www.dominicanablog.com, and please pray for the brothers who write and for those who read it.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Our Lady of Sorrows

Today we celebrate the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows.  This follows immediately after the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross showing that there is a link between the two and presenting our Blessed Mother as the faithful disciple who traversed Calvary to stand at the foot of the Cross.

Aside from the well known Stabat Mater, which is the optional sequence for the day, the Dominicans also sang the Recordare as the Offertory Antiphon for the day.  Here is the text and a translation of the version found in the Dominican liturgical books (as opposed to the Roman Graduale):

     "Recordare Virgo mater, dum steteris in conspectu Dei, ut loquaris pro nobis bona, et ut avertas indignationem suam a nobis."

     "Remember Virgin mother, when you stand in the presence of God, that you speak good things for us, and that you avert his indignation from us."

This text comes from Jer. 18:20, and in the Dominican version, the text is slightly different than the Roman version.  In our text, there is a specific reference to the Blessed Mother standing in the presence of the Lord (while the Roman version simply leaves that out).  This creates the connection with the collect for the day, both at the Office and at Mass which states:

"Father, as your Son was raised on the cross, his mother Mary stood by him, sharing his sufferings.  May your Church be united with Christ in his suffering and death and so come to share in his rising to new life..."

Secondly, note the incredibly long and beautiful melisma (more than one note on a syllable) on "a" at the end.  You might wonder why the melisma is put there.  It is to signify in a very vivid way how earnestly we desire the Blessed Mother's protection and how far away we want the Lord's wrath to be kept from us.  As you can see, chant has a beautiful way of expressing the theology and meaning behind the text.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Exaltation of the Cross






September 14 marks the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, also known as the Triumph of the Cross.  In Dominican history, this day marked a shift from the relaxation of the summer months to a more strenuous observance, beginning what was known as the "Long Lent" or the "Great Monastic Fast."

Fr. William Hinnebusch, in volume 1 of his History of the Dominican Order, wrote this, "Under the winter schedule, September 14 to Easter, the community fasted, eating only one meal a day, except on Sundays.*  It was taken about two in the afternoon."

Moreover, the friars also began to wear the cappa in choir at this time until the great Easter Vigil where the cappa was, and still is, shed at the singing of the Gloria.  This had both practical and spiritual reasons.  Practically, the winter was cold, and the cappa provided extra warmth in the priory chapels.  Spiritually, the cappa was worn as a sign of penance, and so its being thrown off at the Gloria indicates that the time of penance and fasting is over for our Lord has conquered sin and death.

May we continue to remember that our Lord has conquered sin and death, and that the Holy Cross is a gift to us.

* This is compared to the summer schedule, Easter to September 14, where the friars ate two meals a day, every day except feast days.

To Die Like a Dominican


One of the jokes that often get told in Dominican circles concerns what is termed "the Good Life." We say that the good life consists in three things: To live like a Jesuit, dine like a Franciscan, and to die like a Dominican. But what, you may ask, is so great about dying like a Dominican?

There are many traditions that we have concerning devotion to our deceased brethren. If we are privileged to be present at the death of a brother, we are to commend his soul to the prayers of the Blessed Virgin Mary by chanting the Dominican version of the Salve Regina. Further, the house where the brother was assigned is asked to pray the office of the dead for him and everyone in the province is required to pray one rosary for him and to say or attend one mass for his soul.

But our prayers for our Dominican brothers do not stop there. Every year we celebrate a Mass for all our Dominican departed on November 8. We also say a Mass for all benefactors and friends of the order on September 5, and one for deceased family members on February 7. But our prayers do not stop there. Every week, each house of the province must say at least one Mass and each Dominican must pray one rosary for the deceased of the province. Finally, every evening, usually before dinner, we pray the De Profundis (Ps. 130) for all those who died the following day in all the American provinces.

As you can see, we have a great devotion to our dead and one of the great consolations of being a Dominican is knowing that your brothers will pray for you continually after you die. However, it can be a two way street. Our Holy Father Dominic on his death bed promised to be more helpful to his brethren once he was before God. We also have the assurance that when our departed brothers come before the Lord they too will pray for us who are still in the fight for souls here on earth.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

'We are Catholic'

In celebration of the recent World Youth Day in Madrid, Spain, a you-tube video was made, titled “We are Catholic”, that used pictures of religious, clerics, and lay men and women to illustrate the variety of members that make up the body of Christ.
A few shots of Dominican friars and sisters were taken with the following statements attached:
‘We are happy’ at 1:28
‘We are in the world but not of it’ at 1:52
‘We are contemplative’ at 3:01

The Dominican charism fosters a life that surrounds itself in prayer and study and is centered in Christ, and so we cannot help but show an authentic joy that comes from knowing Him. While recognizing that we are not of the world, we give witness to the world that only Christ can make you completely happy. We would lack the ability to preach Christ authentically, however, if we did not receive grace from God in our contemplation.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Now That They Are in Vows...Photos of Novices Visiting the Nashville Sisters

Now that these friars are in vows and here at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington DC, I wanted to share with you a few photos from the annual pilgrimage the novices make towards the end of their novitiate to the Mother House of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia (Nashville, TN).  This is the 2010 Novitiate class. If you are looking for the new novices you will find them here. Please say a prayer for them!




Wednesday, September 7, 2011

In Praise of the Rule of St. Augustine


Recently a friend of mine was shocked to hear that rather than write a new rule, St. Dominic and the early Dominicans adopted the Rule of St. Augustine to govern their lives. He asked me why they did this. Well, there are two reasons. First, the Fourth Lateran Council in 1215 forbade the writing of new rules. If a new religious order was to be formed, it needed to adopt a rule that was already in use. But this does not explain why St. Dominic and his early companions chose the Rule of St. Augustine. Thus the second reason, simply stated, is that the Rule of St. Augustine was the most fitting for the life to which they felt called.

However, because the Rule of St. Augustine is more of a spiritual treatise than a legislative one, the early friars developed a series of customs (constitutions) by which they could interpret how to live the Rule practically on a day to day basis. To explain more clearly why the Rule of St. Augustine is fitting for an order of preachers, and how the constitutions of the order were drawn from it, Bl. Humbert of Romans, the fifth Master of the Order, wrote a lengthy commentary on the Rule for the brethren. To help those of you discerning with us to see how the Dominican life is related to the Rule of St. Augustine, I will be posting various quotations from Bl. Humbert's Commentary on the Rule of St. Augustine. If you are interested in reading the Rule itself you can find a translation here. And so without further ado, here is what Bl. Humbert has to say concerning the nobility of the Rule of St. Augustine.

On the praise of the rule of St. Augustine (from Blessed Humbert of Romans)

Among the many and various rules under which diverse religious serve the Church, some have been handed down by men who have not been enrolled in the list of saints. Others were written by saints, but such as who were not eminent in wisdom. Still other rules were handed down from saints holy and perfect in wisdom, yet who did not have great authority. Now, it is certain that holiness in the soul of man is sometimes more easily developed by useful opinions than by wisdom. However, though it is holy, sometimes simplicity, if it is not guided by wisdom, is seen as less praiseworthy. Indeed the simple opinions advanced by holy and wise men who lack authority are often less accepted. Therefore, how great and excellent is the dignity of the rule which is discovered to be handed down from a man most holy, most wise, and outstanding in authority, namely the bishop St. Augustine?
Further, in the beginning when religious life began to arise in the Church, there were two kinds of religious, namely hermits and cenobites (i.e. monks who lived in community). After a period of time, St. Benedict, whose rule is greatly revered in the Church of God, wrote a rule after the model of the lives of the early cenobites, which is evident in it what was said explicitly at the end of the rule of St. Basil and of the institutes of the fathers. St. Augustine, on the other hand, formed his rule to the example of the apostolic life, as is evident by comparing his rule to what is said and written of the apostolic life, so that he began to live under the rule constituted under the holy apostles. And in the same sermon (where the rule is found) he said as much: "For we want to live the apostolic life." Who then doubts that the apostolic way of life must be preferred to all other forms of life? Therefore, with what magnificence must the rule be extolled which has such an exemplar from which it is drawn!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Dominican Saints 101: Bl. Bertrand of Garrigue

This blogpost has now been moved to the Provincial blog.  Enjoy.



Annual September Mass for the Deceased

On September 6, 2011 the Dominican House of Studies in Washington D.C. celebrated the annual mass for deceased benefactors and familiars of the Dominican Order.1

According to the Book of Constitutions and Ordinations of the Order of Preachers, all priests are required to celebrate one mass for deceased brothers, sisters, familiars, and benefactors between All Souls Day and the beginning of Advent. But there is also a particular mass that is offered specifically for the souls of those who have died and given aid to the friars preachers, whether financial or spiritual (LCO 70).

The Dominican charism strongly emphasizes offering prayers and suffrages for its own members as well as though associated with the Order. Besides the anniversary mass described above, the friars preachers also offer a weekly mass for the souls of their deceased benefactors and familiars, as well as for their own brethren. Every friar also offers at least one rosary every week for the same intention.

Fr. Austin Litke, O.P, the celebrant of the liturgy, spoke of a “relationship of justice” that is established between friars and their benefactors. The Dominican friars offer their penances and suffrages to their benefactors so that these men and women may after death “see God face to face…as He is” (1 Jn 3:2). At the same time, Fr. Austin spoke of the need for the friars to “ask for a greater share of the grace of the Holy Spirit” in order to stay faithful in their preaching and in their life of poverty. By living out their charism through the Spirit’s lead, the friars hope that at their judgment Christ will call them as well to “inherit the kingdom prepared for [them] from the foundation of the world” (Mt. 25:34).

1 Usually celebrated on the 5th of September, the mass was postponed by one day due to the placement of Labor Day this year.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Interview with Fr. Austin OP at WYD (Continued)


In this second installment of my interview with one of our newly ordained priests, Fr. Austin Litke, O.P., I asked him questions concerning how his Dominican vocation had a positive effect on his pilgrimage to Madrid for World Youth Day. As this was his first experience of a World Youth Day, I asked him for his impressions of the overall experience.

The first thing that struck me was just the size of the thing. Different reports said that there were anything between 1.5 to 2 million people that came to Madrid for World Youth Day. We had the opening Mass with the Cardinal Archbishop of Madrid in one of the big squares in Madrid and every square foot of the place for a mile was filled. Throughout the city, wherever you turned, you saw pilgrims with the bright colored backpacks that we were given to wear. The most dramatic event, though, was the vigil preparing for the Mass of World Youth Day, from Saturday night to Sunday morning. On the big TV screens they had helicopter shots of the field and the size of the crowd was just massive. So, I would say the scale of the thing was one of the more impressive features of the event. This is really significant because there is no other institution in the world that can draw those numbers. Only the Catholic Church can bring that many people together in that way. The scale of World Youth Day really showed us the universality and the epic nature of the Church in the world.

The second striking feature was that even with the huge number of people it was an incredibly prayerful environment at times. At the night of the vigil, for instance, after most of us had been standing out in Spanish heat with no shade for 8 hours in an airfield they started the Vigil. This was a Liturgy of the Word which then moved into Eucharistic Adoration. All those hot and tired people were quiet for 20 minutes or so. Many people were kneeling on dusty ground in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. The fact that so many people were united by anything is quite but quite significant if not miraculous. And then to have a real prayerful atmosphere in that circumstance was really a grace filled experience. It was an experience of adoration that most Catholics have not had outside that circumstance, I would think.

Moving on to a discussion about the Dominican involvement in World Youth Day, Fr. Austin had this to say:

As an Order, we put together events basically every night during the week of World Youth Day. One night there was a sort of panel discussion of certain issues at a parish. Another night there was a sung rosary and vespers for the feast of St. Hyacinth. A different evening there was a kind of party for all Dominican youth, because in other places in the world there are a variety of Dominican youth movements that are run by the friars and the sisters. Another night we had an event at the Monasterio Real, where Dominican nuns have been since the beginning of the Order. That was especially interesting because at that monastery they have the baptismal font in which St. Dominic was baptized. That evening they had a service where people renewed their baptismal promises. Another night there was a Mass for Dominicans and Dominican youth. However, my group, just because of other commitments we had made, only we went to the sung Rosary and vespers service, which was beautiful. It was run predominantly by friars from the Province of Toulouse and was hosted by the Spanish friars at the parish they run. However, there were friars from all over: you had friars from Poland, a number of us from America, friars from both of the French provinces, from the Czech Republic, from Australia and England. There were also a number of sisters from different congregations present as well as a lot of pilgrims. What I think was very interesting, particularly for the students our group, was that because I was traveling with some Dominican sisters any time we would be walking around and see a Dominican, we would always stop and start talking to them. I think the students were really impressed by the fact that these people, whom we had never met before, were instantly connected to us and we had a whole host of things to begin talking about. That is an experience that the students don’t have in high school. So I think they were really impressed that in religious life, you have this real fraternity that’s established without having any sort of personal connections to begin with other than the fact that you are part of the same religious family. And, so I think that was interesting to the students.

Also, we had the chance as a group to visit a couple of cloistered Dominican monasteries, one in Fatima and one in Madrid. Again I think most Catholics, even people who are very devout, have very little experience of contemplative religious life. So the high school girls in my group were really interested and fascinated by the nuns, and the nuns were totally excited and edified to see a bunch of high school girls who were excited to be in a monastery. We always teased them that we were going to leave one of the girls behind every place we went. So we were able, as religious, to share something of our religious life with the students. I think it did mark the pilgrimage because they got to see that its not jut these particular sisters and this particular priest that live this way, but that there is something universal that they are a part of.

I then asked Fr. Austin to comment on what it was like traveling with Dominican sisters. He had this to say:

I thought it very good, but you would have to ask the sisters what they thought about traveling with me. Like I said before, the students found it very interesting because they interact with the sisters often since they are their teachers, but they don’t interact much with Dominican friars. I think that they found it very enjoyable to see, day in and day out, how the sisters and I interact with each other. The three of us would, every day, take time to say office together, to pray together, and to talk about what could we do for the students, particularly spiritually, to discuss how to make this a real pilgrimage. It often centered around having little talks and times of praying the rosary, or praying the office together and such. So I think for the students particularly it was a nice for them to kind of be around, say, a fuller vision of what religious life looks like, not just the sisters whom they see in school. And then for me personally, it was a great joy to be with the sisters, who are very zealous and a great witness to religious consecration. When you work in the apostolate with other religious there can be a real collegiality and fraternity out of which the mission is fed. I think we experience that in our time of pilgrimage.

To end this interview, I thought it would be nice to see the other side of things. So I asked the Dominican sisters with whom Fr. Austin traveled if they had any comments on what it was like to have Fr. Austin with them. They responded with the following:

“Having a priest with us, but particularly having a Dominican priest, completed our pilgrim group. He was always ready with timely preaching that helped the group to reflect on the deeper meaning of the World Youth Day pilgrimage. As we got closer to the final days with the Holy Father, there was a real sense of the fullness of the Church being represented in our little group, with laity, consecrated religious, and a priest gathered around the Vicar of Christ. Although the girls are familiar with the Dominican sisters, they do not often have contact with young Dominican priests, and they really enjoyed getting to know Father Austin—to see his good sense of humor and the interest he took in their lives, but also to take the opportunity to ask him questions one-on-one about living their faith.”

Friday, September 2, 2011

New Academic Year at the Studentate

Monday marked the beginning of the new academic year at the Dominican House of Studies, with the Opening Mass of the school year.

Since Monday was the Memorial of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist, Fr. Steven Boguslawski, O.P., President of the Faculty, challenged the faculty and students to rise up to the challenge of preaching in the modern world. In the midst of the challenges that Jeremiah and John the Baptist faced, he encouraged the students not to be "silent concerning the truth" but to diligently study and preach the truth of Jesus Christ:

"There will come a time when we, who are dedicated to the study and pondering of sacred truth will be sent forth as witnesses. When that time comes, remember the words of the Lord spoken to the prophet Jeremiah: Brace yourself. Stand up. Tell them all that I command you."

For a slideshow of the Mass and cookout afterward, click here.

Please pray for our student brothers and all the rest of the students as they continue to ponder the Word of God and the Sacred Truth so that they may more tirelessly proclaim Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.


*For Fr. Boguslawski's homily please click below on the image to go to our provincial website:

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Friars Travel with College Knights to WYD Madrid

Friars, Fr. Jonathan Kalisch OP, Chaplain of our Campus Ministry at Dartmouth College and Fr. Juan Diego Brunetta OP, Director of the Catholic Information Service for the Knights of Columbus traveled with young College Knights of Columbus, making a pilgrimage to holy sites in preparation for a week of service during World Youth Day in Madrid.


And here you will find a video just posted on our provincial website: