"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

Saturday, July 30, 2011

A Novena to St. Dominic

I would like to invite you to join myself and other friars in our province in praying a Novena which starts today or tomorrow and is prayed as we approach the feast of our Holy Father, St. Dominic (July 31-August 8). 

We invite you to pray with us, asking the intercession of St. Dominic on behalf of the needs of the world and for your own personal intentions.

The following hymn is sung each day after the recitation of the novena.

Thou who hero-like has striven
For the cause of God and heaven,
St. Dominic, whose life was given
Sinners to recall.
Saint of high and dauntless spirit,
By thy vast unmeasured merit,
By thy name which we inherit
Hear us when we call.

Flower of chastity the fairest
Of her lily buds thou bearest,
Snow white as the robe thou wearest,
Gift of hands divine.
With thy brow of starry splendor
With thine eyes so mild and tender
Mary’s client, Truth’s defender,
To our prayers incline.

This novena comes from the Nashville Dominican Sisters website, which itself has a lot of great resources.   Also, for an excellent summary of recent posts from our provincial website check out the latest monthly missive from the Dominican Province of St. Joseph. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Fr. Dominic Legge OP on St. Mary Magdalene, Patroness of the Dominicans

Fr. Dominic Legge OP studies at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland
In case you missed it via the Dominican Daily on our provincial website (DominicanFriars.org), I am including here five videos that Fr. Dominic Legge OP did while he was home this summer from the University of Fribourg where he is pursuing doctoral studies in Theology (the last two speak about the connection to the Order of Preachers).

St. Mary Magdalene (I)

St. Mary Magdalene, Apostle to the Apostles (II)

St. Mary Magdalene & the DaVinci Code (III)

St. Mary Magdalene, Patroness of the Order of Preachers (IV)

St. Mary Magdalene & the Dominican Artist, Fra Angelico (V)

Friday, July 22, 2011

On the Qualities of Religious Life from Blessed John Paul II & the Angelic Doctor

When considering qualities of the states of life within the Church, it is helpful to look at what the Church actually teaches. Certainly these documents/texts should be prayerfully studied by any young man considering a consecrated religious vocation.  These selections come from Blessed John Paul II and St. Thomas Aquinas (the "Common Doctor" of the Church). The last text from our Dominican Constitutions shows how the life of the Friars Preachers, described by St. Thomas Aquinas, is "apostolic."

Vita Consecrata 18:
The evangelical counsels, by which Christ invites some people to share his experience as the chaste, poor and obedient One, call for and make manifest in those who accept them an explicit desire to be totally conformed to him. Living "in obedience, with nothing of one's own and in chastity," consecrated persons profess that Jesus is the model in whom every virtue comes to perfection. His way of living in chastity, poverty and obedience appears as the most radical way of living the Gospel on this earth, a way which may be called divine, for it was embraced by him, God and man, as the expression of his relationship as the Only-Begotten Son with the Father and with the Holy Spirit. This is why Christian tradition has always spoken of the objective superiority of the consecrated life.

Summa Theologiae (II-IIae Q. 188, a.6) speaks about 3 kinds of religious life. "The difference between one religious order and another depends chiefly on the end, and secondarily on the exercise." The highest is that which through an abundance of contemplation illuminates or overflows with teaching and preaching. (The second is the purely contemplative life. The third is the life which is devoted to exterior actions such as almsgiving and receiving of guests.)  In talking about the first form of life, it is succinctly summarized in the motto of the Friars Preachers, coined by St. Thomas Aquinas: "To contemplate and to give to others the fruits of contemplation."

Fundamental Constitutions of the Order of Friars Preachers (IV):  "We also undertake as sharers of the apostolic mission the life of the Apostles in the form conceived by St. Dominic, living with one mind the common life, faithful in the profession of the evangelical counsels, fervent in the common celebration of the liturgy, especially of the Eucharist and the divine office as well as other prayer, assiduous in study, and persevering in regular observance. All these practices contribute not only to the glory of God and our sanctification, but serve directly the salvation of mankind, since they prepare harmoniously for preaching, furnish its incentive, form its character, and in turn are influenced by it. These elements are closely interconnected and carefully balanced, mutually enriching one another, so that in their synthesis the proper life of the Order is established: a life in the fullest sense apostolic, in which preaching and teaching must proceed from an abundance of contemplation."

                Contemplative Dimension of Dominican Spirituality (Aumann OP)

Monday, July 11, 2011

A Report in Providence: St. Pius V & St. Martin de Porres

Greetings from Providence, Rhode Island!

I am at our parish, St. Pius V across the street from Providence College, helping for this week while the pastor, Fr. Ken Letoile OP goes on retreat.  One of our new priests, Fr. Hyacinth-Marie Cordell OP has arrived also for his first assignment in the parish.  Bro. Jerome Zeiler OP is here serving as deacon in the parish and Bro. Charles Shonk OP is working in a soup kitchen in downtown Providence for the summer.  Fr. James Cuddy OP is chaplain across the street at PC (Providence College), though right now he is in Kentucky preaching a Youth Conference which is run by our Dominican Laity called "Ignite Your Torch."

We had 12 men come to our New England Vocation event on Sunday. If you would like to visit some of our Dominican communities, the summer is a good time.  I also was able to put into practice Dominican mendicancy: I preached the parish's annual appeal for our Dominican Missions in East Africa at the all the Masses this past weekend.

Across the street on Providence College campus is the amazing statue of St. Martin de Porres by our own, Fr. Thomas McGlynn OP who taught there for many years in the art department.  I wanted to share with you some of my sights of this afternoon.  You can click on the photos to enlarge them.  St. Martin de Porres was a Dominican cooperator brother.

Consider making a vocation weekend with us.  Have you ever thought about becoming a Dominican Cooperator Brother?  (Video of St. Martin)

St. Martin de Porres at P.C.

Detail of St. Martin embracing the Cross

St. Pius V chapel in our house

St. Pius V School run by the Nashville Dominican Sisters

One of the Nashville Sisters with Parish Convent behind

St. Pius V Rectory

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

O When the Saints! - Dominican Novices Play Jazz

What happens when six Dominican novices want to play music in the novitiate?  A little Jazz of course! Get thee to the garage.  Notice the statue of St. Dominic looks on (it is being restored by one of the novices).

The novice master would never have let me post these until the novices had been approved for vows.  You are all invited to Cincinnati for our Simple Profession.   If this post disappears you will know I am in trouble.  :)

Other News:
1) You are also cordially invited to the Solemn Profession ("usque ad mortem") of our Nine brothers on August 13 at 9:30AM in the Chapel of the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC.  (due to space limitations, only family of the professandi & vocation candidates are invited)
2) Announcing the 2011 Novitiate Class for the Dominican Province of St. Joseph.
3) Fr. Gilles Emery OP of the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) on "The Intellectual Life and the Dominican Vocation"
4) Next Vocation Weekend at the Dominican House of Studies

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Dominican Vocation Event for New England 7/10/2011

All Men interested in learning more about a vocation to the Order of Preachers are cordially invited to a Dominican Vocation Event on Sunday July 10, 2011 at 11:30AM at St. Pius V Church, 55 Elmhurst Ave., Providence, RI 02908 (across the street from Providence College). This will be an excellent opportunity to meet the Director of Vocations and other Dominican Friars from the Province of St. Joseph. For more information contact the Vocations Director. 
11:30AM Sunday Parish Mass at St. Pius V Church
12:30PM Lunch follows in St. Pius V rectory
1:30PM Tour of Providence College, St. Dominic Chapel with Fr. Nicanor Austriaco OP
...followed by early 2nd Vespers of Sunday at St. Pius V Chapel

Recent Posts of Interest in case you missed them:
Dominican Ordinations 2011
Upcoming Vocation Weekend

Dominican Sisters of Mary Mother of the Eucharist (Ann Arbor)

Recently I posted about the trip our novices made down to Tennessee.   Today, the popular blog, Dominican History (click on image) posted a story of the Ann Arbor Dominican Sisters' arrival to their new foundation in Austin, Texas - riding horses!

Our friars also have a close connection with the Ann Arbor Dominican Sisters.  Our current prior at the Dominican House of Studies, Fr. Giles Dimock OP has just been assigned to be the new chaplain of the Dominican Sisters of Mary Mother of the Eucharist (Ann Arbor) beginning in September 2011.

Fr. Giles Dimock OP will be the new chaplain for the Ann Arbor Dominican Sisters
Here Fr. Giles talks about Dominican Devotion to Our Lady.

Resources for considering a Dominican Vocation

Most men who come to the Order of Preachers have done a significant amount of research. Here are some important documents if you want a closer look at what shapes the Order of Preachers.

Start with our Aspirancy Guidelines 
(practical suggestions no matter where you ultimately will go)
Fundamental Constitution
Primitive Constitutions
The Nine Ways of Prayer of Holy Father Dominic
Rule of St. Augustine (basis of Dominican Constitutions)
Book of Constitutions of the Order of Preachers (LCO) 
Treatise on the Formation of Preachers (Bl. Humbert of Romans OP)
Lives of the Brethren of the Order of Preachers (1206-1259)
A 13th Century Biography of St. Dominic
The Life of St. Dominic by Fr. Henri John Baptist Lacordaire OP
Many of the Works of St. Thomas Aquinas 
Sermons of St. Vincent Ferrer
Libellus of Blessed Jordan of Saxony (early history of the Order)

Other Articles/Documents I would recommend:
The Contemplative Dimension of Dominican Spirituality (Aumann OP)
Of the Different Kinds of Religious Life (Summa II-IIae 188 by St. Thomas Aquinas, particularly Article 6))
Lectures in Dominican History (over 100 pages in PDF format from Fr. Fred Hinnebusch O.P.)
The Dominicans: A Short History (Fr. William A. Hinnebusch, O.P.)
Some good articles on Spiritual Direction & Discernment (various authors) Dominican Spirituality: Principles & Practice  (Fr. William A. Hinnebusch, O.P.)

Here are a few photos from the refectory (dining room) in the novitiate from a few years ago.

De Profundis (prayer for the deceased friars before meals)
Yes, Dominicans wait tables on each other for our formal meals