On August 15, 2011, sixteen men completed their novitiate by making simple profession of vows into the Eastern Province of the Dominican Order.
The profession of vows took place at St. Gertrude’s parish in Cincinnati, Ohio where the novitiate is located. Fr. John Langlois, O.P., socius to the provincial, received the vows of all the men in place of the Master of the Dominican Order, Fr. Bruno Cadoré, O.P.
Present at the liturgy were also the Most Rev. Roger Joseph Foys, D.D., Bishop of the Covington Diocese, and the Most Rev. Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D., Archbishop of Louisville.
After the readings and the homily given by Fr. Langlois, the brothers made their vows. Kneeling on the steps of the altar, with hands holding the constitutions of the Friar Preachers, each brother stated:
I, Brother _________, make profession and promise obedience to God, to Blessed Mary, and to Blessed Dominic, and to you, Brother John Albert Langlois, Vicar Provincial of the Province of St. Joseph, in place of Brother Bruno Cadoré, Master of the Order of Friars Preachers and his successors, according to the Rule of Blessed Augustine and the institutions of the Friars Preachers, that I will be obedient to you and your successors for three years and six months (or one year).
One of the sixteen, Bro. Gregory Maria, O.P., after making his profession states, “It is a tremendous and overwhelming blessing to receive this gift of consecration. We all hope to live out faithfully that which we have professed as we move onto our studies in Washington DC.”
It was noted by Fr. Langlois that this year’s class was the largest to make profession in over 44 years. Photos taken at the simple profession can be viewed here: