"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, December 31, 2011

Mary the Mother of God Stands at the Gate of the New Year (audio)

"Mary the Mother of God stands at the gate of the new year, she shows us the way... but by pointing to Him who is the Way, the Truth and Life, she tells us to place our hand into the open hand of God in Christ, as she said to the servants at the wedding feast at Cana, 'Do whatever He tells you.'"
                        -from Word to Life radio show on Sirius XM with Fr. Allan White OP &
                          Fr. Gabriel Gillen OP talking about the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God 
Our province is blessed to have Fr. Allan White OP of the English Province, who is currently assigned to the Church of St. Joseph at New York University in Greenwich Village (Manhattan). Fr. White has also been working with our province and Kindly Light Media on various projects and films about the Catholic Faith and culture.
Fr. Allan White OP of the English Province, now in New York City
Fr. Gabriel Gillen OP in Sirius XM radio station in Midtown Manhattan

+next Vocation Weekend will be Feb. 3-5, 2012

Friday, December 30, 2011

You're Invited: February 3-5, 2012 Vocation Weekend

OUR NEXT VOCATION WEEKEND will be February 3-5, 2012 at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington DC.

A Vocation Weekend is a no-strings-attached chance to spend time learning about the life of Dominican Friars in the Province of St. Joseph. Come pray with us, talk with our student brothers, meet our older brethren, and most of all listen for the voice of Jesus who continually calls men to become preachers for the salvation of souls. (It is possible also to visit the Dominican House of Studies informally; contact the Vocation Director)

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Opening the Book of Revelation

Check out this series of posts written by Bro. Leo OP on our student brothers' Dominicana Blog on the Book of Revelation.
Written by Br. Leo Checkai, O.P., the goal of the series is not to present a comprehensive commentary on the Book, but to provide readers with the skills they need to understand the prophetic language and context, thereby enabling readers to interpret it according to the Spirit in which it was written.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

For Unto Us a Child is Born (Solemn Vespers I)

Merry Christmas!

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1) I just sent you a Christmas email (actually two)
2) If you did not receive them, check your spam folder and add vocations@dominicanfriars.org to your address book. If you are not on my email list, you should contact me.
3) If you have been in contact with me, your name will be under the altar tonight as we celebrate Midnight Mass of the Nativity of our Lord.
4) Here is the midnight Mass Christmas homily of our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI.

Here are photos from First Solemn Vespers of Christmas (full screen).

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DeProfundis line (before dinner)

Our Preaching

Fr. Nicanor Austriaco OP teaches at Providence College.

"Although Dominic felt himself mature for preaching, yet he did not undertake that office until he had worked hard in the Palentine Athenaeum of philosophy and theology. Long familiar with the Fathers, under their guidance and teaching, he first, as it were, received into his blood and marrow the riches of Sacred Scripture, and especially of Paul." (Pope Benedict XV, Fausto Appetente Die, 1921.)

"He who never ceases to make His Church fruitful through new offspring wishes to make these modern times the equal of former days and to spread the Catholic faith. So he inspired you with a holy desire to embrace poverty, profess the regular life and commit yourselves to the proclamation of the word of God, preaching everywhere the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." (Pope Honorius III to St. Dominic)."

Our brothers, therefore, as the founder prescribed, 'should everywhere behave uprightly and religiously, as men intent on procuring their own and other people's salvation; they should behave as evangelical men, following in the footsteps of the Savior, speaking to God or of God, among themselves or with their neighbors." (The Fundamental Constitutions)

As members of the Order of Preachers, Dominicans are consecrated totally to God and are appointed entirely for the complete evangelization of the Word of God. All of the friars of the Province of St. Joseph in the United States receive their intellectual and spiritual formation at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington D.C.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

2011 Christmas Schedule for the Dominican House of Studies

Just to get this out there, here is the 2011 Christmas Schedule for the Dominican House of Studies and a few other announcements from our school, including the upcoming talk from Dr. Russell Hittinger for the Thomistic Circles.
Today is also the 795th Anniversary of the foundation of the Order of Preachers. Check out Bro. Clement OP's post today on Dominicana. We have a LOT more to do.  Come join us!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Archbishop DiNoia OP: Mary's Fiat & the Priesthood

On our provincial website you will find a homily on Mary's Fiat and the Priesthood by Archbishop Augustine Di Noia, O.P. recently preached at the Altar of the Chair, in St. Peter’s Basilica, on the fiftieth anniversary of Cardinal Levada’s priestly ordination.

The statue is Saint Dominic which is to the left of the ambo at the Altar of the Chair, in St. Peter’s Basilica.

The episcopal shield is that of Archbishop DiNoia OP.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

More Advent Updates from the Vocation Office

Fr. Dominic Izzo OP, one of our vicar provincials, has just sent out another pre-Christmas update which is a nice summary of some of the things happening in our province.

I also wanted to give each of you an Advent gift from the Vocation Office. It is a free subscription to Dominicana, the on-line & printed journal of our Student friars here at the Dominican House of Studies. This journal has different articles from the on-line blog which publishes a new article M-F each week.  I will be sending access to each of you on my email updates to download the journal to an iPad, Kindle or your computer to read offline within the next few days.

Move on over to our provincial website where we just posted an update from Vatican Radio on the 500th anniversary of the historic homily of Fr. Antonio Montesinos OP in the Dominican Republic.  Our Order has a great tradition of working for human rights.

Also there you will find a video of Bro. Gregory Maria OP on following Christ in the Dominican vocation.

Not on my email updates? Contact me!  Finally the video below is a recording of our Dominican schola - enjoy and please say a prayer for our friars in formation!

Dominican Schola from the Dominican House of Studies under the direction of Fr. James Moore OP of the Province of the Holy Name (Western)


"Why are there so many Dominican vocations?" Read what Archbishop Augustine DiNoia OP says.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Aquinas' Prayer Before Study

Many of you are in exams right now including our student brothers here at the Dominican House of Studies. Here is an excellent prayer that many of us use. For those of you in formal studies know of our prayers as you commit yourself to study for God's glory!

(used when sitting down to study)
Creator of all things, true source of light and wisdom, origin of all being, graciously let a ray of your light penetrate the darkness of my understanding.

Take from me the double darkness in which I have been born, an obscurity of sin and ignorance.

Give me a keen understanding, a retentive memory, and the ability to grasp things correctly and fundamentally.

Grant me the talent of being exact in my explanations and the ability to express myself with thoroughness and charm.

Point out the beginning, direct the progress, and help in the completion. I ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

                                                                      -Saint Thomas Aquinas, OP (patron of scholars)

Newly Professed Student Brothers & Current Novices - say a prayer for them

Monday, December 12, 2011

"Juanito, Juan Dieguito, the Most Humble of My Sons"

"Juanito, Juan Dieguito, the most humble of my sons..." These were the tender words of Our Lady of Guadalupe to St. Juan Diego in the first apparition of 1531 in Tepeyac (Mexico City). 

Tonight I visited this chapel at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception across the street from the Dominican House of Studies and entrusted those of you discerning with us to our Blessed Mother.  The flowers and expressions of love for our Lady were extraordinary.  It was possible to smell the roses even from the back of the basilica.
St. Martin de Porres in the mosaic of the chapel offering a prayer before the Virgin.

As you consider God's plan for your life, consider also God's generosity and all that He has given you.  If you would like to test your call, consider making a vocation weekend with us at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington DC.  On Saturdays of the vocation weekends the men always have sufficient time for prayer and silence.  It is even possible to make a mini-pilgrimage over to the Shrine.

On this great feast of our Lady, I thought I would share with you the consecration to her that some of our friars have made shortly after being ordained to the priesthood.

Act of Consecration of a Dominican Priest to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

O Queen of the most holy Rosary, Help of Christians, Refuge of the human race, Victress in all God's battles, I suppliantly and with great confidence, not in my own merit but solely because of the immense goodness of your motherly heart, prostrate myself before your throne begging mercy, grace, and timely aid.

To you and your Immaculate Heart I bind myself anew and consecrate myself anew in union with your Holy Mother, the Church, the Mystical Body of Christ.  Once again I proclaim you the Queen of the Order of Friars Preachers - the order, which your son, Dominic founded to preach the word of truth everywhere for the salvation of souls; the order which you have chosen as a beautiful, fragrant, and splendid garden of delights; the order in which the light of wisdom ought to shine that its members might bestow on others the fruit of their contemplation, not only by courageously uprooting heresy but also by sowing the seeds of virtue everywhere; the order which during the course of centuries has gloried in your scapular and in your most holy Rosary, which daily and in the hour of death devoutly and confidently salutes you as advocate in those words most sublime: Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy.

To you O Mary and to your Immaculate Heart I consecrate today my priesthood and my religious life that you might truly be its queen; that perfect observance, the love of your Son in the most holy sacrament of the altar, the love of your praise, and the love of St. Dominic and his virtues might reign in my heart and mind; so that I, thus filled with the spirit of truth, might effectively communicate it to others.

O Mother of Mercy, my mother and the Queen of the world, grant that all nations under the guidance of our supreme Pastor might proclaim you blessed, and together with you intone from pole to pole an eternal magnificat of glory, love and gratitude to the Sacred Heart to Jesus, in whom alone can be found life, truth and peace. Amen.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Rector of Angelicum Now Bishop Charles Morerod OP

Congratulations to Bishop Charles Morerod OP
Bishop of Lausanne, Genève et Fribourg in Switzerland

He has previously served as rector of the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), professor of dogmatic theology and Secretary General of the International Theological Commission.
Here below is Bishop Charles' first Christmas Mass at St. Nicholas in Fribourg:
& here are the actual ordination videos/photos:

Links about the New Bishop Charles Morerod OP:

Bishop Morerod OP uses his Blackberry!
When he spoke at the Thomistic Circles at the Dominican House of Studies:

Gaudete Sunday: Thomas Aquinas on Joy

Many blessings to all of you on this Gaudete Sunday!

Gaudete in Domino semper: iterum dico, gaudete. Modestia vestra nota sit omnibus hominibus: Dominus enim prope est. Nihil solliciti sitis: sed in omni oratione petitiones vestræ innotescant apud Deum. Benedixisti Domine terram tuam: avertisti captivitatem Jacob.

"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Let your forbearance be known to all, for the Lord is near at hand; have no anxiety about anything, but in all things, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God. Lord, you have blessed your land; you have turned away the captivity of Jacob." (Philippians 4:4–6; Psalm 85 (84):2).
Below, you will find an amazing audio clip from a Vatican Radio program by Fr. Paul Murray, O.P. of the Irish Dominican Province who speaks about Joy (and Humor!) in the writings of the "Common Doctor of the Church," St. Thomas Aquinas.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Fr. Thomas Joseph White OP at Theology on Tap

The Radicality of Living the Gospel:  Saint Dominic
(audio below)

Fr. Thomas Joseph White OP spoke recently at Theology on Tap in Washington, D.C.  Check out the audio below.  Would you like to learn more about St. Dominic and the Order of Preachers?  Come to our next vocation weekend, which is already starting to fill.  Fr. White is the Director of the Thomistic Institute at the Dominican House of Studies.

Fr. Thomas Joseph White OP

Have you seen the blog of our student brothers?  www.Dominicanablog.com (check it out!)

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Vocations and Our Lady's Immaculate Conception

Happy Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Entrust your vocation to the Blessed Mother and her powerful intercession!

Today we celebrate our patronal feast at the Dominican House of Studies (aka Priory of the Immaculate Conception).  Also taking the name is the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception (our college).
It was also a very special day for the Dominican Nuns of Summit New Jersey.  Fr. Andrew Hofer OP, today went to celebrate the Simple Profession Mass of Sr. Mary Magdalene OP. Here are a few photos from the day.

Our next vocation weekend will be February 3-5, 2012. Don't you think today would be a great time to consider more seriously a vocation?

If you are just coming to this blog, here are some previous emails I have sent out recently.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Bro. Michael Mary OP - A "Good" Catholic

This video was originally posted on our provincial website. If you go there you will find an introduction to this video.

What does it mean to be a good Catholic? Br. Michael Mary, O.P. gives an answer.


By the way, Bro. Michael Mary played baseball for Walsh University before entering the Order.

Bro. Thomas OP just posted a new article, "How to Learn a Million Things that Aren't Worth Learning" on our popular blog from our student brothers. Check it out!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Advent News from the Dominicans

Fr. Dominic Izzo OP, one of our vicar provincials, just wrote an excellent summary of news about what has been happening in our province. Please check it out and say a prayer for the work of our friars and for vocations!  

Also, in case you missed it, here is the last email I sent to those of you on my email updates.  If you would like to be added (those discerning a vocation only please), you can sign up here.
Also, please say a prayer for the 30 men attending our December 2-4, 2011 vocation weekend starting tomorrow!