Institution of the Commission for the Vocation of Cooperator Brothers in the Order

The Master of the Order, fr Bruno Cadoré has instituted a Commission for the Vocation of Cooperator Brothers in the Order. The Commission will operate until the General Chapter of 2019.

This Commission follows on from the Coordinating Committee on the Study of the Cooperator Brothers on their specific vocation in the Order (ACG Trogir 2013, 80-82;Relatio MO, I 13).

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A Ghost: Homily for Memorial of Saint Dominic, August 8, 2017

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Readings for Today

How often do you chase the shadow God?  How often do you limit God? Aaron and Miriam refuse to let God act in a way God chooses.  The disciples do not recognize Jesus. They think he is a ghost. All miss the presence of God because of their expectations.  Since God is not who they think he is, God must be wrong.  Aaron and Miriam do not get it.  The disciples finally do.

We have to let God be God. It is not up to us to tell God what to do.  On this feast of Saint Dominic, it seems similar to his time with the Albegensians.  People are going their own way.  The spiritual life does not guide people to happiness. People want God to do what they want.  People do not want to do anymore the will of God.  And yet, God is not stopped.  Moses continues to do the work God gives him.  The disciples learn more and more from Jesus.  If we are to be true to Saint Dominic’s mission, we too need to go forth to preach in a way that lets God be God.

St. Thomas : The Search Engine

From the website:

This web application allows you to search through the works of Aquinas in both English and Latin. It allows you to do proximity word and phrase searches. For each result found, the paragraph containing the result will be displayed together with a link to the website where the full text can be found. Furthermore, if desired, one can save and categorize results in user defined groups of results.


(1) Make sure you have selected some pages to search by clicking on the checkboxes in the ‘Domain Summary’ pane.

(2) In the ‘New Search’ pane, fill any one of the word1 to word4 text fields with words you would like to find near to each other. You can specify the separation of the words by using the drop down menu.

(3) If desired, you can create groups of results that you can save for later reference.

Future updates of the site will include:

1. Other philosophers.

2. Allow users to add private comments to a search result.

3. Allow users to upload pdfs (with appropriate access control) which they want to search. (This may be tricky).

4. Autogenerate bibliographies in a variety of formats

St Thomas: The Search Engine was created by fr Robert Verrill, a friar of the English Dominican Province. If you notice any bugs or a functionality you would like this web application to provide, please contact him at

Rome Exhibition of the art works of fr Kim En Joong, OP

The exhibition of the works of art of the renowned Dominican artist, fr Kim En Joogn titled, “Schegge di Luce” will hold at the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome from 12 July to 29 September 2017.

The exhibition is organized in honour of the 60th priestly anniversary of Cardinal Godfried Danneels, the Emeritus Archbishop of Malines-Bruxelles. In 2000, at the exhibition at Saint-Michel Cathedral in Brussels, fr Kim attracted the attention of Cardinal Danneels and a great friendship was born. The exhibition also pays tribute to Bernard Anthonioz and Geneviève de Gaulle-Anthonioz, close friends of fr Kim. There will also be a feature of three poems of François Cheng, poems inspired by the works of fr Kim.

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Fr Juan Luis Mediavilla García is the new Syndic of the Order

The Master of the Order, fr Bruno Cadore has appointed fr Juan Luis Mediavilla García as the Syndic of the Order. He is a son of the Province of Hispania and he succeeds fr Hilario Provecho who has just concluded his term.

He was born in 1961 at Asturias, Spain. He received the habit in Caleruega in 1979, made his profession of vows in 1980 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1989. His first assignment was in the community of La Virgen del Camino at León, Spain

He has a Licenciate in Theology from the Pontifical University of Salamanca and Pedagogy from the Complutense University of Madrid. He also has a Masters in Counselling with a focus on Family Counselling, he is an expert in Family Mediation.

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Hindu to Atheist to Agnostic to Anglican to Catholic to Dominican to priest

A remarkable journey will reach a new stage on 15 July when Br Robert Krishna OP will be ordained a priest by Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP at St Benedict’s, Broadway.

Br Robert’s journey began in Bangalore, India. Originally a Hindu, he became an atheist at the age of 10, and in his late teens considered himself an agnostic.

When he was almost 18 he arrived in Australia and began a science degree at the University of Sydney, hoping to major in physics.

In 2001, about three years into his degree, he decided that mathematics was not his forte. At this time, he also began to suffer from depression.

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Fr Bruno Cadoré makes a rare visit to Iran

The visit of frs Bruno and Vivian was brief but a very special occasion for us here in Tehran. It was repeatedly said to me afterwards that their presence was a wonderful reminder that we are not forgotten but are part of a greater family of brothers and sisters who remember us and pray for us.  On the first evening, we went to visit a small group of the Chaldean/Assyrian community who had gathered for Mass with Archbishop Ramsi, a bishop who had studied with the Dominicans in Iraq.  We joined them for tea afterwards and fr Bruno spoke to the people about his meeting with the Christian community in Iraq. Fr Bruno spoke in French which was then translated into Assyrian or modern Aramaic.

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The Dominican Way of Life in Timor-Leste

Last April 19, 2017, the International Dominican Youth Movement (IDYM) Coordinator, Elijor Benjamin “Benz” Rodil together with Belen Tangco, OP (Philippines) and Theo Atmadi, OP (Indonesia) who represented the Dominican Laity visited the Dominican Family in Timor-Leste. They were welcomed by Fr. Ruben Martinez, OP (Representative of the Major Superiors of Timor Leste) and the Dominican sisters.

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Meet Dominican friar who takes care of St. Jude relic

For Dominican Father Michael Ford, the history of salvation is contained in a chunk of bone.

Ford directs the Dominican Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus at St. Pius V Church, 1910 S. Ashland Ave., and as such, he takes care of the shrine’s relic of the apostle, perhaps best known as the patron saint of lost causes, and brings it to parishes and schools around the country where he offers parish missions, retreats and other events.

Relics, he said, are “a way for people to grow in their faith. Catholicism isn’t crazy for doing this.”

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