"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, March 31, 2012

Vocation Promotion Among the Four US Provinces

Here you will find our new flier for the four US provinces of Dominicans.  Say a prayer that the Order will grow for the salvation of souls!  In the upper right hand section of this blog there are links for all four provinces.
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Special Thanks to Bro. Thomas Schaefgen OP who put this poster together for us

Thursday, March 29, 2012

From the Novitiate: 3/4 of the Way Through

I am at St. Gertrude Priory with a vocation candidate. We have been touring around Ohio visiting our parishes. Tomorrow we head back for our vocation weekend.

As a Dominican novice, Lent can be a rough time to pass through.  But God's grace is in super abundance, so it also can be a time for great growth.  

Here are three of our novices after compline in St. Gertrude priory.  Every novice these days seems to resemble a CFR - they all have beards which I would guess will come off when our Lord Rises!  

Please say a prayer for them that they will persevere.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Holy Week 2012 Schedule at Dominican House of Studies

Holy Week 2012 Schedule for Dominican House of Studies

The Grace St. Dominic Brings to the World: A Fresh Look at Dominican Spirituality

The Grace St. Dominic Brings to the World: A Fresh Look at Dominican Spiritualitypublished in Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture by Fr. Romanus Cessario OP is a great look at the Dominican Spiritual life.  Here is a little excerpt:

The Dominican form of life flows from the grace Saint Dominic introduces into the world. It is a marvelous thing to ponder that one specific grace, originally embodied in the Castilian priest, Dominic of Caleruega, today unites Dominican priests and cooperator brothers all over the world (...)
We received special permission from Logos at the University of St. Thomas to publish this article here for men considering a vocation with us, so check it out!

Our next vocation weekends can be found here.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Join the Dominicans for a Seven Church Pilgrimage

This weekend (in addition to our vocation weekend), our student brothers will be participating on Saturday, March 31, together with young adults from the Washington, DC area, in a pilgrimage to seven historic churches in the city, including the Dominican parish, St. Dominic’s, in South West, where the pilgrims will chant Mid-Morning Prayer. The Seven Church Walk is modeled on the tradition instituted by St. Philip Neri of visiting the four Major Basilicas and three minor Basilicas of Rome. The DC pilgrimage was started nine years ago by a group of young adults in the Archdiocese of Washington as a way to draw young adults closer to God during Lent through prayer and sacrifice. Like the walks organized by St. Philip, the pilgrimage has a spirit that is both prayerful and convivial.


Friday, March 23, 2012

Tenebrae 2012 at the Dominican House of Studies

Tenebrae will be celebrated at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington DC on Wednesday, April 4, 7:30 p.m.  (arrive early as it usually fills!) If you would like to meet me, please let me know you are coming.  (Facebook Event)    (FLIER FOR TENEBRAE 2012)


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.
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Here is the last email I sent out to the men discerning with us.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

St. Joseph, Patron of our Province (& Important Dates)

Dear Men considering a Dominican Vocation,

A few important dates to keep in mind:

1. Our next vocation weekend - see below.
2. Wednesday, April 4 at 7:30PM the Dominican House of Studies will celebrate Tenebrae. You are invited.  The Holy Week schedule for DHS will soon be posted here: www.DHSPriory.org
3. On May 25, 2012 we will have 5 friars ordained to the priesthood in Washington DC at our parish downtown, St. Dominic's. You are invited! The day after, Saturday May 26 there will be a morning first Mass with all of them and our community at the Dominican House of Studies.  That night we will start a Pentecost silent retreat for those of you who have already made a vocation weekend (May 26-30, 2012). These dates have been adjusted, let me know if you would like me to reserve your space. It will be at a retreat house in Catonsville, Maryland and would be a great way to start out your summer!
4. August 8, 2012 the men in the application process will be vested in the Dominican habit (private ceremony) and a special Mass/reception will take place at our parish church, St. Gertrude in Cincinnati, Ohio. Plan to come and pray with us and meet the current novices and the new ones and many of the friars of our province.
5. August 11, 2012 our friars will profess their Solemn Profession of Vows at the Dominican House of Studies. If you would like to come, please let me know as space will be limited.
6. August 15, 2012 back in Cincinnati, our current novices will make their Simple (temporary) Profession of Vows in St. Gertrude Church. A reception will follow - another opportunity to pray with us and meet many friars.
        Sept. 28-30, 2012
        Nov. 9-11, 2012
        Feb. 1-3, 2012
       April 5-7, 2012

I am on the road right now so alas I missed getting this to all of you yesterday for our patronal Feast of St. Joseph.  Fr. Dominic Izzo OP our former provincial wrote this reflection on St. Joseph which I share with you now.

Please continue to pray for our province and the Dominicans throughout the world that the Lord will help us to accomplish the task entrusted to us of preaching for the salvation of souls.  May St. Joseph continue to intercede for us and for our province - particularly with strong vocations to the Order of Preachers!

Oremus pro invicem!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Catholic University of America Professor on Contraception: "To Be Someone Radiant"

With attacks on religious liberty and conscience, we Catholics are facing tremendous obstacles to living out our Faith. Once again the opportunities to share the Church's excellent teaching on Christian Marriage are upon us - we cannot shy away from this opportunity!

It seems especially apropos to pass along to those of you discerning a vocation to the Order of Preachers (& everyone else) a recent lecture,"To Be Someone Radiant" by Fr. James Dominic Brent OP who teaches at the Catholic University of America and lives at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington DC. Take the time and investigate what the Church actually teaches and consider passing it along to help others come to understand the Church's beautiful teaching on Christian marriage and the dignity of the human person.
Now more than ever, the Church truly needs "Champions of the Faith & True Lights of the world" to point to what is good and true and to expose what is false and evil. The Church's teaching on contraception (Paul VI's encyclical, Humanae Vitae) continues to be greatly misunderstood by most people to the detriment of Christian Marriage.

This post is taken from the last email I sent out to the men discerning with us. Our next vocation weekend (and last of this academic year) will be March 30-April 1, 2012.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Dominican Rite Mass for Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas

The Dominican Friars of the Province of St. Joseph celebrated a Missa Cantata according to the forma extraordinaria of the Dominican Rite on March 7, 2012 at the high altar of St. Vincent Ferrer church in New York City. Celebrating the Mass was Fr. Austin Dominic Litke, OP. The preacher for the Mass was Fr. James Dominic Brent, OP. Fr. James is currently a professor of philosophy at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. The Music for the Mass was Dominican chant sung by a schola of Dominican friars from the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC.
Here is the original link from our provincial website.

See also the tutorial for the Dominican Rite on our Provincial website

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Saturday, March 3, 2012

The Effects a Priest Can Have

Recently, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was awarded an honorary degree, a Doctor of Laws, from the College of the Holy Cross in Worchester, MA.  In his address after receiving the honorary degree, Justice Thomas spoke of how his lost faith was restored during his time at Holy Cross, especially due to the work of president emeritus, Fr. John Brooks, SJ.  Justice Thomas stated:
"Father, I thank you, I thank God you were born, I thank God you became a priest and that you came to Holy Cross. I know I speak for many, when I say that had there been no Father Brooks we would not be where we are. I certainly wouldn’t. You are a sine qua non in my life. I know that I am the better for you having lived. You were paternal but never paternalistic. You saw each of us as a person not a project. You wanted the fullness of humanity for all of us, our thoughts, our mistakes, our triumphs, our redemption. You loved us. God bless you, Father, for your wonderful, wonderful life."
It was through this example as well as the outreach Holy Cross gave him that Justice Thomas began to turn his life around and return to the practice of the faith (he had previously even been in seminary before he began to struggle with his faith).  Justice Thomas commented on this stating, "And it was here, directly in front of the chapel on the morning of April 16, 1970, that I promised Almighty God that if he took hate out of my heart I would never hate again. He did, and I have not."
Priests and religious truly can have an effect on the salvation of souls.  What a joy it is to be a worker in the harvest of the Lord (cf. Lk. 10:2).