"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, July 31, 2012

Preparing for Vows with the Papal Theologian


The second week of August, before our simple profession (August 15, 2012), Fr. Wojciech Giertych OP, a Polish Dominican who serves in the Prefecture of the Pontifical Household as theologian to our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI, will be leading a silent retreat for our Dominican novices at a monastery in Indiana.

Fr. Giertych, who lives in the Vatican next to our Holy Father, also teaches at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum).  

Fr. Giertych taught one of our current novices and one of the incoming postulants in Rome before they entered and we are very blessed to have him help our novices prepare for their profession.

Please keep them all in your prayers!  Let me know if you would like to come for the Simple Profession Mass.


our current novices who are preparing for vows on August 15, 2012

Pray also for the men who now are postulants and will be entering
our novitiate on August 8 when they are clothed in the habit of our founder.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Nashville Dominican Sisters Professions 2012

The Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia celebrated their Final Profession on July 25 and First Profession on July 28 at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Nashville TN.  Here is a video and a few photos from the reception after first profession at St. Cecilia Academy in Nashville, TN.  CONGRATULATIONS SISTERS!

Any of these original photos can be downloaded in HD size; scroll down for directions.


Who said there are no vocations?!




Nashville Dominican Sisters

We have the Nashville Dominican Sisters running schools in two of our parishes, St. Gertrude in Cincinnati and St. Pius V in Providence (across the street from Providence College)

Bro. Ignatius Perkins OP, a Cooperator Brother, is the Dean of Nursing and Fr. Albert Trudel OP teaches English Literature, both at Aquinas College in Nashville.

Fr. Albert Trudel OP teaches
English Literature at Aquinas College in Nashville

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Dominicans at Ignite Your Torch 2012

The annual IGNITE YOUR TORCH 2012 Youth Conference took place July 5-8, 2012 in Springfield, Kentucky.

The conference, for high school youth, is run by the Dominican Laity of New Hope KY and assisted by the Dominican Friars, the Dominican Sisters of Nashville TN and other religious communities.

250 youth were in attendance from all over the United States. Many of the youth participants enrolled in the Angelic Warfare Confraternity. Mass was celebrated at the Dominican Church of St. Louis Bertrand in Louisville KY. The Youth prayed the rosary in front of the abortion clinic.

Below are a few photo highlights (full screen SLIDE SHOW). More will be published later. Special thanks for the photos by Dr. Zeb Stearns.


Fr. James Brent OP at IYT 2012

Bro. Athanasius Murphy OP at IYT 2012

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Simple Profession 2012 - You are Invited

I recently shared an update with you when I was visiting our friars in Cincinnati at St. Gertrude Priory. I also shared with you about the men who have been accepted for our next novitiate class.


Below is the official invitation of our novices who will profess their simple vows on August 15, 2012 the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

If you would like to come, the Mass is open to the public. I, of course, would like to meet you and we are inviting vocation candidates in for lunch after the event. Please RSVP.

(click photo to enlarge)

This profession is one of a number of vocation events taking place this summer.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Archbishop DiNoia on SSPX: Pray the Dominican Litany

Via our provincial, Archbishop Augustine DiNoia OP sent a message to the friars, sisters and Dominican fraternities to again pray the Litany of the Dominican Saints, for the reconciliation of the Society of St. Pius X.


Litany of Dominican Saints and Blesseds
(litany was updated July 2012)

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Lord, have mercy.   ~Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy. ~Christ, have mercy.
Christ, hear us         ~Christ, graciously hear us.

God, the heavenly Father, have mercy on us.
~God, the heavenly Father, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the World, have mercy on us.
~God the Son, Redeemer of the World, have mercy on us.

God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
~God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.
~Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary,                     ~Pray for us.
Holy Mother of God,
Holy Virgin of Virgins,

Saint Michael,
Saint Gabriel,
Saint Raphael,
Saint Joseph,
Saint John the Baptist,

All you holy angels and archangels,
All you holy patriarchs and prophets,
All you holy apostles and evangelists,
All you holy martyrs,
All you holy virgins and widows,

All you holy men and women,

Saint Mary Magdalene,
Saint Catherine of Alexandria,
Saint Augustine,
Holy Father Francis,

Blessed Jane of Aza,
Blessed Reginald of Orleans,
Holy Father Dominic,
Holy Father Dominic,
Blessed Bertrand,
Blessed Mannes,
Blessed Diana,
Blessed Jordan of Saxony,
Blessed John of Salerno,
Blessed William and Companions,

Blessed Ceslaus,
Blessed Isnard,
Blessed Guala,
Blessed Peter Gonzalez,
Saint Zdîslava,
Saint Peter of Verona,
Blessed Nicholas of Paglia,
Saint Hyacinth,
Blessed Gonsalvo,
Blessed Sadoc and Companions,
Blessed Giles,
Saint Margaret of Hungary,
Blessed Bartholomew of Vicenza,
Saint Thomas Aquinas,
Saint Raymond of Penyãfort,
Blessed Innocent,
Blessed Albert of Bergamo,
Saint Albert the Great,
Blessed John of Vercelli,
Blessed Ambrose,
Blessed Cecilia,
Blessed Benvenuta,

Blessed James of Varazze,
Blessed James of Bevagna,
Blessed Benedict,
Blessed Jane of Orvieto,
Blessed Jordan of Pisa,
Blessed Emily,
Blessed James Salomonio,
Saint Agnes of Montepulciano,
Blessed Simon,
Blessed Margaret of Castello,
Blessed Augustine Kazotic,

Blessed James Benefatti,
Blessed Imelda,
Blessed Dalmatius,
Blessed Margaret Ebner,
Blessed Villana,
Blessed Peter of Ruffia,
Blessed Henry Suso,
Blessed Sibyllina,
Blessed Anthony of Pavonio,
Saint Catherine of Siena,
Blessed Marcolino,
Blessed Raymond of Capua,
Blessed Andrew Franchi,
Saint Vincent Ferrer,
Blessed Clara,
Blessed John Dominic,
Blessed Alvarez,
Blessed Maria Mancini,
Blessed Peter of Castello,
Blessed Andrew Abellon,
Blessed Stephen,
Blessed Peter of Geremia,
Blessed John of Fiesole,

Blessed Lawrence of Ripafratta,
Blessed Anthony della Chiesa,
Saint Antoninus,
Blessed Anthony Neyrot,
Blessed Margaret of Savoy,
Blessed Bartholomew of Cerverio,
Blessed Matthew,
Blessed Constantius,
Blessed Christopher,
Blessed Damian,
Blessed Andrew of Peschiera,
Blessed Bernard,

Blessed Jane of Portugal,
Blessed James of Ulm,
Blessed Augustine of Biella,
Blessed Aimo,
Blessed Sebastian,
Blessed Mark,
Blessed Columba,
Blessed Magdalen,
Blessed Osanna of Mantua,
Blessed John Liccio,
Blessed Dominic Spadafora,
Blessed Stephana,
Blessed Adrian,
Blessed Lucy of Narni,
Blessed Catherine of Racconigi,
Blessed Osanna of Kotor,
Saint Pius,
Saint John of Cologne and Companions,
Blessed Maria Bartholomew,
Saint Louis Bertrand,
Saint Catherine de Ricci,
Blessed Robert Nutter,
Blessed Alfonsus and Companions,
Saint Rose of Lima,

Saint Dominic Ibáñez and Companions,
Blessed Agnes of Jesus,
Saint Lawrence Ruiz and Companions,
Saint Martin de Porres,
Blessed Peter Higgins,
Saint Francis de Capillas and Companions,
Saint Juan Macias,
Blessed Terence O’Brien,
Blessed Ann of the Angels,
Blessed Francis de Posadas,

Saint Louis de Montfort,
Saint Francis Gil,
Saint Matteo Alonso,
Blessed Peter Sanz and Companions,
Saint Vincent Liem,
Saint Hyacinth Castañeda,
Blessed Marie Poussepin,
Blessed George,
Blessed Catherine Jarrige,
Saint Ignatius Delgado and Companions,
Saint Joseph Diaz and Companions,
Saint Dominic An-Kham,
Saint Valentine Berrio-Ochoa and Companions,
Blessed Jean-Joseph Lataste,
Saint Francis Coll,
Saint Arnold Janssen,
Blessed Hyacinthe Cormier,
Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati,
Blessed Bartolo Longo,
Blessed Maria Alfonsina Danil Ghattas,
Blessed Josefina Sauleda Paulis and Companions,
Blessed Buenaventura García Paredes and Companions,
Blessed Celestino José Alonso Villar and Companions,
Blessed Enrique Izquierdo Palacios and Companions,
Blessed Maria Ascension of the Heart of Jesus,
Blessed Michael Czartorysky,
Blessed Julia Rodzinska,

All you holy Dominicans,
            ~Pray for us.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
           ~Spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
          ~Graciously hear us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
          ~Have mercy on us.

Let us pray

God, source of all holiness, you have enriched your Church with many gifts in the saints of the Order of Preachers. By following the example of our brothers and sisters, may we come to enjoy their company for ever in the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.


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*see also: The Power of Prayer
                Saints in the Way of St. Dominic

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Archbishop DiNoia OP Takes on New Position of Reconciliation

In order to keep talks on course to a possible reconciliation, Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Dominican Archbishop J. Augustine DiNoia OP as vice president of the commission charged with helping to bring the Society of St. Pius X back into full communion with Rome.

Archbishop DiNoia taught for over 20 years at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington DC.

As you can see at the end of the article he makes the point, "In fact, I’m going to ask the Dominicans to start praying" which is exactly what he did before the Anglican Ordinariate was formed - with which he was involved.

This article by the National Catholic Register is very informative about the situation and what needs to happen. Please keep this intention in your prayers!

UPDATE: ARCHBISHOP DINOIA OP REQUESTS DOMINICAN LITANY FOR SSPX

By the way, it is rare to find the Archbishop wearing the traditional garb as you see in this photo - usually, he normally wears his Dominican habit!