"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

Friday, April 29, 2011

Plans & Projects: a New Priory, a New Apostolate

Upcoming documentary on Dominican Fr. Wojciech Giertych OP, Papal Theologian
If you click on this update from our fundraising office, it gives a nice summary of what has been featured on our provincial website and shows some projects and future plans of our province, including the creation of Kindly Light Media.

Abp. DiNoia OP with friars at groundbreaking ceremony for new priory at UVA in Charlottesville.
Kindly Light Media is producting HD media
Please say a prayer for these future endeavors of the Province of St. Joseph.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Easter Octave, Ordinations, & Novices

Cloister Garden at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC
The holy days of the Octave of Easter continue the celebration of our Lord's Resurrection.  Please pray during this time for our novices and for our friars who are preparing for ordinations to the Priesthood on May 27, 2011. 
You all are cordially invited - let me know if you will join us.

Please pray also for the men currently in the application process and for those preparing to enter our next Novitiate class in August 2011.  May the Lord continue to fill us with every grace of these holy days!
Dominican Novices in the priory chapel at St. Gertrude Priory in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Front row: 2009 Novitiate class, now student brothers in formation at DHS; back row: 2010 Novitiate class

St. Gertrude Church in Cincinnati, Ohio

Fr. Romanus Cessario OP: St. Catherine on Dominican Preaching

An excerpt from a lecture on Dominican spirituality by Fr. Romanus Cessario, O.P. given at the Dominican House of Studies, Washington, D.C. Fr. Cessario is a theologian and a Dominican friar of the Eastern Province, currently teaching at St. John's Seminary in Boston. A printed version of the complete talk can be found in the volume in honor of Father Matthew Lamb entitled Wisdom and Holiness: Science and Scholarship (2007). Fr. Cessario's contribution to that volume can be found on pp. 17-45. The last half of his article is on Dominican Spirituality. The full audio recording of the talk can be found at the popular blog: Dominican History.  UPDATE: Dominican History just posted this on St. Catherine, check it out!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Dominican Friars to be Ordained to the Priesthood

If any of you are planning to attend please do let me know.  Please keep our friars in your prayers!  Check out the many other great posts at www.DominicanFriars.org
Provincial Shield

joyfully announce the

Ordination of their Brothers

to the Priesthood of Jesus Christ

through the imposition of Hands and Prayer of Ordination by


Archbishop for the Military Services, U.S.A.
on Friday, the twenty-seventh of May, two thousand eleven
at half-past nine o'clock

630 E Street, Southwest
Washington, District of Columbia 20024

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Views of the Dominican House of Studies at Easter


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Nashville Dominican Sisters with us for the Easter Vigil.

St. Martin de Porres in our cloister walkway.

St. Dominic in front of the Dominican House of Studies
Reliquary with Easter flowers
From the back of the our new library, Dominican House of Studies

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (across the street from us)
Regina Caeli

To the City & to the World ("Urbi et Orbi")

Full Text of our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI: "Urbi et Orbi" for Easter 2011:

In resurrectione tua, Christe, coeli et terra laetentur!
In your resurrection, O Christ, let heaven and earth rejoice!” (Liturgy of the Hours).

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Rome and across the world, Easter morning brings us news that is ancient yet ever new: Christ is risen! The echo of this event, which issued forth from Jerusalem twenty centuries ago, continues to resound in the Church, deep in whose heart lives the vibrant faith of Mary, Mother of Jesus, the faith of Mary Magdalene and the other women who first discovered the empty tomb, and the faith of Peter and the other Apostles.

Right down to our own time – even in these days of advanced communications technology – the faith of Christians is based on that same news, on the testimony of those sisters and brothers who saw firstly the stone that had been rolled away from the empty tomb and then the mysterious messengers who testified that Jesus, the Crucified, was risen. And then Jesus himself, the Lord and Master, living and tangible, appeared to Mary Magdalene, to the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, and finally to all eleven, gathered in the Upper Room (cf. Mk 16:9-14).

The resurrection of Christ is not the fruit of speculation or mystical experience: it is an event which, while it surpasses history, nevertheless happens at a precise moment in history and leaves an indelible mark upon it. The light which dazzled the guards keeping watch over Jesus’ tomb has traversed time and space. It is a different kind of light, a divine light, that has rent asunder the darkness of death and has brought to the world the splendour of God, the splendour of Truth and Goodness.

Just as the sun’s rays in springtime cause the buds on the branches of the trees to sprout and open up, so the radiance that streams forth from Christ’s resurrection gives strength and meaning to every human hope, to every expectation, wish and plan. Hence the entire cosmos is rejoicing today, caught up in the springtime of humanity, which gives voice to creation’s silent hymn of praise. The Easter Alleluia, resounding in the Church as she makes her pilgrim way through the world, expresses the silent exultation of the universe and above all the longing of every human soul that is sincerely open to God, giving thanks to him for his infinite goodness, beauty and truth.

“In your resurrection, O Christ, let heaven and earth rejoice.” To this summons to praise, which arises today from the heart of the Church, the “heavens” respond fully: the hosts of angels, saints and blessed souls join with one voice in our exultant song. In heaven all is peace and gladness. But alas, it is not so on earth! Here, in this world of ours, the Easter alleluia still contrasts with the cries and laments that arise from so many painful situations: deprivation, hunger, disease, war, violence. Yet it was for this that Christ died and rose again! He died on account of sin, including ours today, he rose for the redemption of history, including our own. So my message today is intended for everyone, and, as a prophetic proclamation, it is intended especially for peoples and communities who are undergoing a time of suffering, that the Risen Christ may open up for them the path of freedom, justice and peace.

May the Land which was the first to be flooded by the light of the Risen One rejoice. May the splendour of Christ reach the peoples of the Middle East, so that the light of peace and of human dignity may overcome the darkness of division, hate and violence. In the current conflict in Libya, may diplomacy and dialogue take the place of arms and may those who suffer as a result of the conflict be given access to humanitarian aid. In the countries of northern Africa and the Middle East, may all citizens, especially young people, work to promote the common good and to build a society where poverty is defeated and every political choice is inspired by respect for the human person. May help come from all sides to those fleeing conflict and to refugees from various African countries who have been obliged to leave all that is dear to them; may people of good will open their hearts to welcome them, so that the pressing needs of so many brothers and sisters will be met with a concerted response in a spirit of solidarity; and may our words of comfort and appreciation reach all those who make such generous efforts and offer an exemplary witness in this regard.
May peaceful coexistence be restored among the peoples of Ivory Coast, where there is an urgent need to tread the path of reconciliation and pardon, in order to heal the deep wounds caused by the recent violence. May Japan find consolation and hope as it faces the dramatic consequences of the recent earthquake, along with other countries that in recent months have been tested by natural disasters which have sown pain and anguish.

May heaven and earth rejoice at the witness of those who suffer opposition and even persecution for their faith in Jesus Christ. May the proclamation of his victorious resurrection deepen their courage and trust.

Dear brothers and sisters! The risen Christ is journeying ahead of us towards the new heavens and the new earth (cf. Rev 21:1), in which we shall all finally live as one family, as sons of the same Father. He is with us until the end of time. Let us walk behind him, in this wounded world, singing Alleluia. In our hearts there is joy and sorrow, on our faces there are smiles and tears. Such is our earthly reality. But Christ is risen, he is alive and he walks with us. For this reason we sing and we walk, faithfully carrying out our task in this world with our gaze fixed on heaven.

Happy Easter to all of you!

Christus Resurrexit! (& Postlude from DHS Easter Vigil)

Christus Resurrexit Sicut Dixit, Alleluia
As we contemplate the Empty Tomb, with our holy father Dominic,
May the joy of the Resurrection fill our hearts and our communities.
May the Light of Christ Risen from the dead dispel all darkness and the shadows of death.
May we be heralds of the Good News for all those to whom we are sent.
May we have confidence in Christ’s victory over the powers of sin and death.
             Christ is risen! He is truly risen!

Fraternally in St Dominic,
Fr Brian Mulcahy, O.P. (Provincial, Dominican Province of St. Joseph)

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Pre-Vigil Preparations at the Dominican House of Studies

credence table at the Dominican House of Studies
Dominican House of Studies. Here are a few views of the preparations.
Dominican Schola under the direction of Fr. James Moore OP of the Province of Holy Name (Western)

Sanctuary with empty tabernacle.
Some of the sacred vessels.
Bro. Vincent Ferrer Bagan OP preparing for the Vigil.
Reserved for the Dominican schola.
Choir board and credence table at the Dominican House of Studies.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Interview on Guadalupe Radio WMET 1160 AM

Today I am doing an interview on Catholic Matters on for Guadalupe Radio on WMET 1160 AM, the local Catholic radio station here in Washington, DC.  It starts at 12 Noon.

As we continue this holiest of weeks, I would encourage all of you to make a good sacramental confession.  Our Dominican Friars wrote an excellent examination of conscience (PDF) that will help you. 

If you are in the DC area you should plan to join us for Holy Week at the Dominican House of Studies. Here is the schedule.

Click to see Holy Week 2011 schedule at DHS
As we enter into the saving mysteries of our redemption, you are in my prayers that the Lord will help you to understand more clearly His plan for your lives!


Archbishop Augustine DiNoia OP
(Also, I hope you have seen Archbishop Augustine DiNoia OP's recent address: Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Aquinas: An Imagined Encounter at our university parish in Charlottesville, VA on the occasion of one of our parishioners who has just been named the new president of the University of Virginia)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Announcing the Holy Week 2011 Schedule at the Dominican House of Studies

Join us for the Holy Week Liturgies at the Dominican House of Studies.  If you introduce yourself to me when you come, I would be happy to meet you and give you a tour of our priory.

Veneration of the Cross on Good Friday by the Dominican Friars at the Dominican House of Studies

The Work for the Lord - the Novitiate of the Dominican Province of St. Joseph

Well we have arrived to St. Gertrude Priory in Cincinnati, Ohio which also houses our novitiate. I am on a road trip to visit our parishes/campus ministries in New York City, Ohio and Kentucky with a couple of vocation candidates after our last vocation weekend. We do suggest that a man plan to visit at least two houses/priories of our province outside of the Dominican House of Studies (& a vocation weekend) if they are serious about applying to our province.

We arrived to find half the novices repainting a new office for a secretary for the priory and the other half are out at their apostolates all day. Because of our number of novices, the novice master has to be creative in getting the necessary work done in the priory. It is simply not possible for all of them to paint two offices at the same time!

I remember when I first arrived to the novitiate (years ago) and told my novice master while we were doing yard work that I was told that "what manual labor is to the monk, study is to the friar". As you can imagine, he was not amused and I promptly got back to work! The friar preacher must be hard working and practical from the smallest task to the greatest endeavor of preaching the Gospel for the salvation of souls.

It is true that the genius of St. Dominic was to create a band of preachers in a common life who were intelligent and able to engage the culture. Indeed it is not possible to do this unless someone has various talents and levels of education. But the novitiate, as you can see, does in fact include manual labor among many aspects of formation.  Our formation recognizes that no matter what level of education a friar has, he must be formed to work and live the common life together with his brothers, both theoretically and practically, for the common mission of the Order: "to be helpful to the souls of our neighbors".

The Dominican Constitutions offer a definition of the Novitiate as “...a time of probation directed to this purpose, namely, that the novices come to know more deeply their divine, and indeed Dominican vocation, experience the Order’s way of life, be formed in the Dominican spirit in mind and heart, and manifest their intention and suitability to the brethren (LCO 177).” These words serve as the foundation of any novitiate in the Order. Coming to knowledge of a religious vocation requires time, silence, prayer and solitude. There is a time to pray and there is a time to work. Our Constitutions and the law of the Church require that a novitiate last at least one year. Silence provides the framework in which the Dominican can pray and study, which must always precede our preaching.
2009/2010 Novitiate Classes for the Dominican Province of St. Joseph at St. Gertrude Priory

Friday, April 8, 2011

Vocation Director On the Road Again

"on the road again"
Well my view may not quite be this - at least not yet!

I will take off on Saturday with some vocation candidates (one from Australia) to visit some of our houses and priories in New York, Ohio and Kentucky.  Here is my tentative itinerary in case any of you would like to meet:

April 9, 10 - St. Vincent Ferrer Priory in New York City (upper east side Manhattan)
April 11 - St. Patrick's in Columbus, OH
April 12 - St. Gertrude Priory/Novitiate in Cincinnati, OH
April 13 - St. Louis Bertrand Priory in Louisville, KY
April 14 - St. Thomas Aquinas in Zanesville, OH
April 15 - Dominican House of Studies - Washington, DC

Let me know if you would like to talk.  You all are in my prayers, especially those of you finishing this semester. Please pray for the men in the application process for the next novitiate class.

Check out also the other postings on this blog and, as usual, our provincial website that has most information that will be very helpful for you in your discernment:  DominicanFriars.org.

A few dates to put in your calendar in case you would like to join us:

Thomistic Circles (Dominican House of Studies) April 29-30, 2011
Dominican Ordinations to the Priesthood (St. Dominic's, Washington DC) May 27, 2011

Tenebrae: Office of Shadows

TENEBRAE: Office of Shadows   (Facebook Event)
Wednesday, April 20, 7:30 PM

Come join the Dominican friars in this traditional monastic Holy Week liturgy commemorating the death and burial of the Light of lights, punctuated by the haunting melodies of the Lamentations of Jeremiah as sung on the lips of Jesus Christ weeping over the lost children of Jerusalem.

Join us for Tenebrae at DHS on Wed., April 20 at 7:30PM

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Successor of St. Dominic Visits the Dominican House of Studies

Fr. Bruno OP, Master of the Order celebrating the Sacrifice of the Mass at the Dominican House of Studies
Fr. Bruno Cadoré OP, the Master of the Dominican Order and the 87th Successor of St. Dominic just finished a "Fraternal Visit" here at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC. He is visiting the houses of formation and provincial councils of the United States. Today he goes to our novitiate at St. Gertrude Priory in Cincinnati, OH.

Our Constitutions say:  "The Order of Preachers, which is ruled by a general chapter and the Master of the Order, is made up of provinces, each of which is ruled by a provincial chapter and the prior provincial. Each province is made up of convents ("priories") and houses, which are governed by a prior or superior" (LCO 252)

In a similar way that the our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI is the direct successor of St. Peter the Apostle, so Fr. Bruno is the successor of St. Dominic.  Please pray for Fr. Bruno and the work he will have in the years to come!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Vocation Boom Radio Interview

Recently I did an interview on Vocation Boom Radio about the Order of Preachers with Jerry Usher of Catholic Answers out of San Diego, CA. You can listen to the program on our website.       In the interview I share how the Lord has been so good to our province, though it is also clear that a number of orders, religious communities and dioceses are experiencing a renaissance of vocations. 

I was just speaking this morning with Fr. Joseph Alobaidi OP, the Master of Students, and next year here at the Dominican House of Studies, we will have over 50 brothers in formation. We are quickly running out of space!  This is a good problem to have - in fact, we have not had such problems for many years, though pretty consistently we have had a good number of novices each year.  

Our vocation weekend here went very well! We are praying that many of these men will enter in the years to come!  We already have 9 men signed up for the Fall Vocation weekend.  Maybe you should get a hold of me sooner rather than later?!   You all are in my thoughts and prayers as we continue this holy season of Lent.

Vocation Boom! is a non-profit initiative more than 20 years in the making. Officially opened shortly after Pope Benedict XVI's declaration of the Year for Priests, Vocation Boom! seeks to support the priesthood as a life’s vocation and mission. Vocation Boom! hopes to develop a global support community where youth and young men interested in the priesthood can find comprehensive resources, encouragement, mentors and friends to aid in the discernment process.