"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

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Vocation Office Updates for February 2012

We have some new updates from our province (and from Fr. Dominic Izzo OP) which you will find here. (N.B. my correct email is vocations@dominicanfriars.org) You will see a summary of some of the preaching our friars have done recently. Certainly this is a busy semester for the vocation office.  May St. Joseph, patron of our province, intercede for us and for vocations to the Order of Preachers! 
Our next vocation weekend will be March 30-April 1, 2012. It is already half full!

Some of my activities in the days ahead - please pray for a "fruitful harvest"...

-Feb. 3-5, 2012 Vocation Weekend at the Dominican House of Studies (please pray for the men attending); we will have an optional enrollment for vocation guests in the Angelic Warfare confraternity.
-Feb. 6, 2012 Fr. Austin Litke OP will speak at Theology on Tap in the Arlington Diocese on "Ancient Heresies & their Modern Forms," while I will hear confessions (in a pub!)
-Feb. 8 I will go to George Mason University for the 4PM Holy Hour w/Confessions and 5PM Mass.
-Feb. 12 I will do the 6:30PM student Mass at the University of Delaware and meet the students.
-Feb. 15-19 Fr. Austin Litke OP and I will go to Hillsdale College in Michigan for a mini university parish mission.  We will be preaching to the students & the parish for a Holy Hour on campus, a day of recollection, as well as the weekend Masses.
-Feb. 24-25 Fr. James Brent OP will be leading a Lenten retreat, with my assistance, for the students at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio called "Love, Sex, and the Angelic Warfare" (the retreat will finish with optional enrollment in the Angelic Warfare Confraternity of St. Thomas Aquinas)
-Feb. 26 Fr. James Brent OP and I will celebrate the evening Mass at the Cathedral of St. Paul for the students at the University of Pittsburgh with a talk on confession following.

...thinking ahead...
-March 2-5, 2012 I will be at a joint formators meeting in St. Louis, MO to meet and plan with the OP vocation directors from the other provinces. Please say a prayer for the efforts of our 4 provinces to raise up an army of Preachers for the Lord! (our meeting will be at the studentate for the Central & Southern Provinces, the newly established St. Dominic Priory)
-March 5-7, 2012 I will be at St. Vincent Ferrer, our Dominican parish in New York City for the talk on St. Thomas Aquinas and the Mass in the Dominican Rite at the high altar of St. Vincent Ferrer - it should be beautiful!  
-March 10 Six of our friars will be ordained to the Diaconate here at the Dominican House of Studies. Some of you will come for this, but please let me know who you are as our space is limited!

I hope I will see/meet you along my way - call me!  202-642-3597
If you are just coming to this blog now
for the first time, HERE is the last email I sent out.

Mass of St. Thomas Aquinas in the Dominican Rite in New York City

Province of St. Joseph website - official announcement      (flyer for the talk & Mass)

St. Vincent Ferrer Blog            Click here for more information about the Dominican Rite

Monday, January 30, 2012

Something in the water?


L to R - Br. Leo Checkai, O.P., Sr. Teresita Maria Misericordiae (Sister of Life), 
Br. Philip Neri Jordan Reese, O.P. (not UMD alumnus but friend of the others), 
Sr. Mara Rose McDonnell, O.P. (Nashville), Br. Peter Martyr Joseph Yungwirth, O.P.

Not pictured - Sr. Veronica of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, O.Carm. (Wahpeton, ND), 
Sr. Maria Porta Caeli Harper, S.S.V.M., and Sr. Mary Joseph of Jesus of Nazareth (Dominican cloistered nun)

In recent years, a number of religious vocations have come out of the University of Maryland, College Park.  Was there something in the water?  I'm not sure, but I do think that the Lord often puts certain people together so that they can foster one another's vocations and be a support to each other in the discernment process.  This seems to work out with any vocation, but it is particularly noticeable with regard to priesthood and religious life.

Often the Lord uses His friends to draw their friends into a deeper relationship with Him.  Whether it's the witness of a life where someone is discerning or it's a conversation about discernment itself, there is something beautiful that can happen during the period of discernment.  One's own discernment can be such a help to someone else.  When I was in college, I remember when the first guy, now Fr. Kevin Regan, entered seminary.  After that, the men around the Catholic Student Center started wondering if maybe they were called to the priesthood too.

This was true in the Dominican Order as well.  Holy Father Dominic's own brother, Bl. Mannes, became a Dominican.  Also when Bl. Jordan entered the Order, he wanted to enter with his friend Henry of Marburg, and they did in fact finally enter together (see Bl. Jordan's Libellus, para. 67-78).

So as you continue the discernment of your vocation, remember that this time is both a gift to you and to the Church.  Whether you inform others or not, the Lord can manage to use this time for the spread of His Kingdom.

Defense of Religious Freedom



Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan recently came out with a short video regarding the Obama administration's HHS bill, which greatly affects Catholics across the nation.  This is a direct attack on freedom of religion.

Rather, than put up a ton of text here, please visit the USCCB website (where you can also see Archbishop Dolan's video) to see what you can do to help protect the rights of Catholics to practice what they believe, to protect women from the evils of contraception and abortifacients, and to protect innocent children.

"The Catholic Church defends religious liberty, including freedom of conscience, for everyone.  The Amish do not carry health insurance.  The government respects their principles.  Christian Scientists want to heal by prayer alone, and the new health-care reform law respects that.  Quakers and others object to killing even in wartime, and the government respects that principle for conscientious objectors.  By its decision, the Obama administration has failed to show the same respect for the consciences of Catholics and others who object to treating pregnancy as a disease.  This latest erosion of our first freedom should make all Americans pause.  When the government tampers with a freedom so fundamental to the life of our nation, one shudders to think what lies ahead." - Archbishop Timothy Dolan of NYC

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." - First Amendment, US Constitution's Bill of Rights

Saturday, January 28, 2012

From Soccer Player to Priest

Another sports star has entered seminary.  This time, it's an Irishman named Phil Mulryne who played for a number of teams in England and through Europe, including time with Manchester United while players such as David Beckham and Ryan Giggs donned the Manchester United jersey.
After an injury, Phil Mulryne took up charitable work and began the process of turning his life around.  Now?  He's at the Pontifical Irish College in Rome.

Read more about it here.

Please keep Phil Mulryne in your prayers as he continues his priestly formation.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A Reflection on the March for Life


Standing outside the Planned Parenthood in Washington, DC, this past Saturday morning, with the rain coming down, the sound of the Ave maris stella rang through the air:

    Ave maris stella,                 Ave, Star of Ocean
    Dei Mater alma,                 Child Divine who barest,
    atque semper Virgo,           Mother, Ever-Virgin
    felix caeli porta.                 Heaven's Portal fairest.

    Solve vincla reis,                Break the sinner's fetters,
    profer lumen caecis:           light to blind restoring,
    mala nostra pelle,               all our ills dispelling,
    bona cuncta posce.            every boon imploring.

The words of this hymn, beloved by Our Holy Father Dominic, brought great comfort to our hearts as we prayed for the women entering the building, that the fetters which society has put them under would be broken, and that light would again shine on their hearts and in their minds to dispel all the darkness and lies that surrounded them that morning.  And so we continued to sing:

    Monstra te esse matrem:     Show thyself a Mother
    sumat per te preces,           in thy supplication;
    qui pro nobis natus             He will hear who chose thee
    tulit esse tuus.                    at His Incarnation.

We begged the Blessed Mother, who had born a Son into the world, to rain down graces and protect those women who were on the verge of losing their children to the scourge of abortion.  If only these women could see that the solution to their problems wasn't an abortion.  Rather, what they needed to know was that they were loved by someone who could actually provide for and intercede for them in the midst of their pain and confusion.  And so we continued to sing:

    Virgo singluaris,                  Maid all maids excelling,
    inter omnes mitis,               passing meek and lowly,
    nos culpis solutos               win for sinners pardon,
    mites fac et castos.            make us chaste and holy.

We continued to beseech the Blessed Virgin Mary to not only provide for these women by guiding them to the Light of Life and interceding on their behalf but also to lead them to a life of purity and chastity.

At the Youth Rally and Mass on the Morning of the March for Life, Msgr. Charles Pope stated that 85% of abortions are done on women who are not married.  In other words, as he pointed out, the biggest factor leading to abortion is sex outside of marriage.  The solution?  Being chaste and holy.

Reflecting on the gift of human life and the great need to support the unborn and their mothers and fathers, it is important to keep in mind that praying for a widespread graces of chastity and purity is very timely.  As issues about same sex "marriage" and about contraception come to the national spotlight, it's important to keep in mind that the root of all these battles is sin, and that getting to the heart of the matter means promoting chastity and purity.

This is the very message that Fr. James Dominic Brent, O.P. brought to a youth rally in Gaithersburg, MD on Sunday night.  He went to promote the Angelic Warfare Confraternity to 1000 youth.  The result?  The second largest enrollment in recent history - over 200 youth and adults joined the Confraternity so that they could share in its graces to keep their lives chaste and pure.  While it was sprinkling outside, the Lord rained down His grace in the auditorium.

With the message of the Gospel of Life, and backed by chastity and purity, those youth and adults, so many others from around the country, and we marched on the Capital Building continuing to ask our Lady's intercession, finishing her hymn:

    Vitam praesta puram,        As we onward journey
    iter para tutum                  aid our weak endeavor,
    ut videntes Jesum             till we gaze on Jesus
    semper collaetemur.          and rejoice forever.

    Sit laud Deo Patri,            Father, Son, and Spirit,
    summo Christo decus,      Three in One confessing,
    Spiritui Sancto,                 give we equal glory,
    tribus honor unus.             equal praise and blessing.

PHOTOS: March for Life with Dominican Campus Ministries

You will see photos from the March for Life of our friars with students from our campus ministries at New York University, Dartmouth College, & Providence College.  Say a prayer for the work of our friars at our campus ministries!





Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The January "Line-up" in Washington DC

Everyone is Invited to these Dominican events:


1. The National March for Life (Jan. 23) and our accompanying Dominican Pro-Life activities (Jan. 21-23) which include: a prayerful protest in front of an abortion clinic, OP holy hours both at the Dominican House and the National Shrine.   CLICK HERE for the complete schedule of our DC friars.


2.  Our Dominican Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas includes the following events: 
-Patronal Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas University Mass, January 26, 12:10pm, Crypt Church, Basilica of National Shrine for The Catholic University of America
Rev. Brian Shanley OP
                 *preacher: Rev. Brian Shanley OP, President of Providence College
                     (our Dominican Schola will sing for the Mass)


-Special Thomistic Circles Lecture with Dr. Russell Hittinger, Jan. 26 at 7:00pm at the Thomistic Institute (Dominican House of Studies)


-In honor of Catholic University’s 125th anniversary, Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P., president of Providence College, Rhode Island, will deliver the Lecture, “Saint Thomas Aquinas: Companion and Patron.”,  Friday, January 27 at 2:10pm

-11:00 AM Conventual Mass for the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas at the Dominican House of Studies, Saturday January 28, 2012

Dominican Saints 101: St. Margaret of Hungary

Bro. Peter Martyr OP just posted on our provincial website about St. Margaret of Hungary OP. Check it out!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Sixteen Friars Installed as Acolytes



(click on photos to enlarge)

On Saturday, January 14, Fr. Brian Martin Mulcahy, OP, prior provincial of the Province of St. Joseph, conferred the ministry of acolyte upon sixteen student brothers during the conventual Mass at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C.

The ministry of acolyte, formally one of the minor orders a candidate would receive before his priestly ordination, confers upon the man who receives it the task to assist at the altar during liturgical celebrations. Entrusted to an acolyte are the duties of bearing candles, handling and cleansing sacred vessels and serving as an auxiliary Eucharistic minister.

In his homily, Fr. Mulcahy illustrated how providentially the readings of the day applied to the conferral of the ministry of acolyte. In the reading from the Gospel of St. Mark, Jesus calls Levi by saying to him, “akoloúthei moi.” This Greek phrase, akoloúthei moi, means, "follow me" and tells us something fundamental about what it means to be an acolyte. "To be installed in the Ministry of Acolyte, and to serve as an acolyte, in its primarily liturgical context, means that he is to be the follower of, the companion of, the assistant to…the celebrant, the priest, to the one who stands, in the liturgical assembly, in the place of the Bridegroom, who is Christ."

Bro. Dennis Klein OP of Holy Name Province (Western)
In a liturgical setting the priest stands in place of the bridegroom, and as Fr. Mulcahy said, "in a very real sense, to be an acolyte is to become a member of the Bridegroom’s party, to be a groom’s attendant." An attendant worthy of the name works inconspicuously, so as to draw no attention to himself. He occupies himself with the needs of the bridegroom.

The Church prescribes that all men seeking priestly ordination must receive the ministry of acolyte, along with that of lector, before the conferral of Holy Orders. All sixteen student brothers installed as acolytes Saturday morning are currently in formation preparing for priestly ordination.


+ see also: Province of the Holy Name of Jesus (Western Dominican Province)

We Have Been the Recipients of Those Prayers

"Ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest." (Mt. 9:38)

Last Thursday, our prior here at the Dominican House of Studies started his chapter talk to the friars with these words, "You know all the people who pray daily for an increase in vocations? We must be grateful to God...we have been the recipients of those prayers." He then read this:

"Their entire heart and spirit should be filled with an amazed and deeply felt
gratitude, an unshakeable trust and hope, because those who have been called
know that they are rooted not in their own strength but in the unconditional
faithfulness of God who calls."        -Pastores Dabo Vobis
                                                                     Blessed John Paul II


For all those who pray for vocations...thank you.    As many of you know, in recent years, the Lord has blessed us with many vocations (we are running out of room at the Dominican House of Studies, just a few years after building an addition to our priory).
     Your prayers have a large part to play in this.  I know that all the activity that goes into promoting vocations is minimal in importance compared to the power of prayer and the infinite power of God's grace moving the hearts of young men to generously consecrate their lives for the work of Evangelization.
     It is very humbling for me to be entrusted with the task of guiding young men to the Dominicans, and I can say that your prayers have very been helpful for me personally and for the brethren, as we collectively work to further our charism by bringing many more men to carry out the holy preaching for the salvation of souls. So again, thank you and please continue.

Prayer for 2012 National Vocations Awareness Week

"O God, Father of all Mercies,
Provider of a bountiful Harvest,
send Your Graces upon those You have called to gather the fruits of Your labor;
preserve and strengthen them in their lifelong service of you.

Open the hearts of Your children
that they may discern Your Holy Will;
inspire in them a love and desire to surrender themselves
to serving others in the name of Your son, Jesus Christ.

Teach all Your faithful to follow their respective paths in life
guided by Your Divine Word and Truth.

Through the intercession of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary,
all the Angels, and Saints, humbly hear our prayers
and grant Your Church's needs, through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Liturgy and Discernment - Seeing the Will of God

Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati, O.P.
Attend to the pleas of your people with heavenly care, 
O Lord, we pray, 
that they may see what must be done 
and gain strength to do what they have seen.  
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, 
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God for ever and ever.

This prayer is the opening Collect for Mass for the First Week of Ordinary Time.  In a way, it's not only helpful because it begins Ordinary Time with a plea to the Father for His help for His people as we begin things once again, but it's also providential that this is one of the Church's texts for prayer during National Vocation Awareness Week (which is also this week).

In this prayer, there is something that is helpful for discernment:  seeing the Lord's will and acting on it.  Throughout the week, the Church has been praying for open eyes that we "may see what must be done."  In this prayer for vision, we ask for the Lord's own vision so that we may see as He sees things.  In other words, this whole week, we've been praying for the grace to have the in-sights into life that the Lord has in mind for us.

Moreover, the priest is also asking, on behalf of God's people, that God might give His people "strength to do what they have seen."  It's one thing to think we can see what we're supposed to do in a certain situation.  It's another thing to actually carry it out.  And so through the week, the Church has been asking God (in a beautiful parallelism, I might add) for this important assistance, this "strength" to carry out His will.

When it comes to discernment, these two principles, spiritual in-sight and perseverance, are both fundamentally important.  It's one thing to see the summit.  It's another thing to actually climb the mountain.

May the Lord bless all you who are discerning God's call in your life, and may He give you the strength and perseverance to carry out His will.

Official WYD Madrid Video

The official World Youth Day Madrid video has been released and is now available on the web.  You will find some of the best scenes of WYD right here!  May our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI continue to inspire the youth of the world to follow Jesus Christ!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Call of Samuel & Your Call

The first reading from today's Mass is the "Call of Samuel" (1 Sm 3:1-10, 19-20).  It might offer some simple insights into discovering your own call.

First, we know from this reading that Eli the priest & Samuel both slept in the presence of the Lord in the Temple.  This is a great consolation to those of us who frequently fall asleep in our humble attempts to pray!

The Lord called Samuel - and he thought it was Eli.  It is possible that we might hear someone and misinterpret it as God’s voice (or God's will), but very rarely do we hear God’s voice and think it to be someone else.

Perhaps what is more realistic: is to let someone wise like Eli to guide us to interpret what the Lord might be telling us.  We would do well to remember that Samuel needed to be told 3 times that it was not Eli calling him.  Remember also that it took Eli some time to discern and figure out what was happening.

Samuel did not become impatient with the situation - Eli did not become impatient.  Both Samuel & Eli persevere so that they will know the Truth - they knew they could find it.  For Samuel, it was to decipher the voice. For Eli, to know who it was that was actually calling Samuel.

When both of them focus their attention on God for answers in the midst of confusion - everything falls into place.  We would do well to remember that our our vocation is more about God and less about us.

Samuel listened, and Eli directed. Samuel misinterpreted, Eli corrected him (some of us may not be as patient if our sleep was disturbed).  Samuel was a “rookie” in the spiritual life. Eli finally saw what was happening, but both of them had to sort out what God was doing.
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Only after some direction from Eli and some obedience from Samuel, did the “Lord come and reveal His presence.”  But why did this not happen earlier? Why only then, after all of that?

Until we recognize that it is the Lord, and until we listen,...God may not reveal Himself to us.  Samuel needed the wise counsel of Eli to do that.  The letter tells us that Samuel grew up and the Lord was with him.  No word of the Lord which he spoke was without effect. Samuel became a prophet.

This transformation to prophet and preacher did not happen overnight but took a lifetime with prayer and searching, and seeking good counsel.  Such transformation is the work of God in the man who gives himself over to formation - the kind of formation offered in Dominican life.

Does God have a plan for searching (like that of Samuel) for each of us? To transform us like Samuel, to become Heralds of Salvation?  Most certainly!  It will look different.  But as we progress and are obedient, like the Son is to the Father, the “Lord certainly will come and reveal His Presence.”

And then we will recognize Him more wonderfully and we will say “Speak Lord, your servant is listening.”

Some good articles on Spiritual Direction & Discernment (various authors)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Scenes of a New Semester with the Dominicans

Fr. Reginald Whitt OP who teaches Canon Law and Civil Law
at the University of St. Thomas (this photo is when he taught at Notre Dame)
Fr. Fred Hinnebusch OP, faithful always to choir supporting the rest of us in prayer.
Student brothers back to being "nailed to the wood of the desk!" 
(actually this is Fr. Nicholas Lombardo OP back when he was a student brother;
he now teaches Theology at Catholic University of America across the street)

Just today we posted an update on our provincial website about
Fr. Nicholas Lombardo OP and Fr. Thomas Joseph White OP
who have been assigned to the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas
"to contemplate and pass onto others the fruits of our contemplation"
( Eucharistic adoration available each morning M-F for our student friars)
Fr. Steve Ryan OP, Scripture professor at Dominican House of Studies
Fr. Aquinas Guilbeau OP at St. Vincent Ferrer in New York City

Here are a few recent and older photos from the Dominican House of Studies

Monday, January 9, 2012

Dominicans & the March for Life (UPDATED)

We just wanted you all to know that our friars will be in full force at the National March for Life 2012 here in Washington DC.  Be sure to look for our banner: "Dominican Friars for Life" and come say hello to us.  EVERYONE IS INVITED TO THESE EVENTS:

Saturday January 21 - 9:30-11:30AM Friars from Dominican House of Studies will
                                                pray outside 16th St. abortion clinic with DC Right to Life 
                                      5:20PM Rosary & Vespers I at Dominican House of Studies
                                        7-8PM Holy Hour for Life/Compline (Night Prayer)
                                        at Dominican House of Studies

Sunday January 22 - 11:15AM Mass at Dominican House of Studies
                                   1:00PM Tours of Chapel & public spaces of Dominican House of Studies
                                     4:20PM  Rosary & Vespers II
       6:30PM Vigil Mass for Life  - Basilica of National Shrine (broadcast LIVE on EWTN)
       15 MINUTES AFTER CONCLUSION OF VIGIL MASS: Compline (Night Prayer)
                    at Dominican House of Studies, follow friars from shrine across street
                                           
Monday January 23 - 6-7AM Dominican Holy Hour with Lauds/Preaching/Benediction
                                      led by the Dominican House of Studies in the Crypt Church
                                      of the Shrine (conclusion of all night adoration)
                                      8:00AM Conventual Mass Dominican House of Studies
                                      11:30AM  Friars depart for March from Dominican House
                                      5:30PM  Office of Readings & Vespers

10 of our friars will be present at the giant 2012 Youth Rally & Mass for Life at the Verizon Center (ticket only event)

Fr. Benedict OP and a few friars will also be present each day at the Baltimore FOCUS conference which precedes the March.

Due to construction on the ellipse, we will meet on the National Mall at the eastern end of the Smithsonian Castle near the Carousel look for our banner: ”Dominican Friars for Life” – come march with the friars of Washington DC and all over our province for a peaceful end to abortion.

If you cannot be here it will be televised on EWTN:

Fr. Ezra OP to Speak at Vocation Event in Cincinnati

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati is holding a "Cast Your Nets" night at Good Shepherd Parish in Cincinnati on January 29, 2012.  Fr. Ezra Sullivan OP, Associate Pastor at St. Gertrude is one of the speakers. St. Gertrude Priory houses the novitiate of the Province of St. Joseph.
Cast Your Nets
The Archdiocese of Cincinnati Vocation Office and the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry will hold "Cast Your Nets," at Good Shepherd Parish, Montgomery (Cincinnati), on Sunday, January 29, 2012. Featuring a blend of praise and worship music, a talk by Fr. Ezra Sullivan, OP, of St. Gertrude, and Mass with Fr. Kyle Schnippel, Vocation Director for Cincinnati; the evening promises to help enliven the faith of young people, which runs from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. For more info see their website.

The next vocation weekend for the Dominicans will be February 3-5, 2012.  The last email I sent out to the men discerning with us can be found here.  If you would like to receive emails about the Dominican Friars (and not necessarily about vocations) subscribe here.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

12 Noon Daily Broadcast of Conventual Mass/Midday Prayer from St. Gertrude in Cincinnati

Every weekday morning at 11:30, the voices of Dominican novices and priests fill St. Gertrude Church in Madeira, Ohio as they chant the opening antiphon at the beginning of their daily Conventual Mass. Starting in 2012, Sacred Heart Radio in Cincinnati has begun to broadcast this Mass at 12 noon. In addition to the singing and homilies by the Dominican Friars, Sacred Heart Radio will also broadcast the chanting of Midday Prayer which immediately follows the Mass.  It looks like the only way to tune in via the internet is at 12 Noon on their streaming link.

Sacred Heart Radio also helped us record this spot for our upcoming vocation weekend which has been playing on many Catholic radio stations.  We are very grateful to them!

If you did not receive it, here is my last email to all the men on our email updates from the vocation office.  Contact me if you would like to be added.

Keeping the Fire Burning - Silent Retreat for Men Discerning

Happy Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus! (check out Bro. Thomas Davenport's post today on Dominicana)

Since there are a good number of you who still have some time to go before you would be able to enter the Dominicans, our plan is to organize a retreat (possibly two) for those of you in active discernment with us this summer here at the Dominican House of Studies.  

It will be a silent retreat (different from a Come & See vocation weekend) that would be led by our friars to help you learn more about the Order of Preachers and the Dominican spiritual life.  For some good resources in this area click here.
Can you all email me at vocations@dominicanfriars.org and let me know which months would be best for you? (i.e. June at the start or more towards the end of the summer)

(Also I would add we are planning retreat days for those of you in high school in Ohio this summer as well. So if you would like to be notified of when these will take place, you should email me)