Category: Dominicans

Christian Faith and the Power of Thinking: A Collection of Essays, Marking the Jubilee of the Order

How do friars of the Order of Preachers — an Order founded around study, preaching, prayer and community — best commemorate eight-hundred years of their intellectual and spiritual tradition? Fr. Jay Harrington, OP, Regent of Studies for the Dominican Province of St. Albert the Great and Associate Academic Dean at Aquinas Institute of Theology (St. Louis, MO), invites the modern reader to glimpse into the lineage and tradition of the Dominicans through various lenses in his compilation, Christian Faith and the Power of Thinking: A Collection of Essays, Marking the 800th Anniversary of the Founding of the Order of Preachers in 1216.

In addition to his own chapter on the 13th-century Dominican, Augustine of Dacia, OP, Fr. Harrington includes the essays of Dominican friars from the Provinces of St. Albert the Great and St. Martin de Porres: Fr. Charles Dahm, OP; Fr. James Marchionda, OP; Fr. Thomas O’Meara, OP; the late Fr. Paul Philibert, OP; Fr. Scott Steinkerchner, OP; Fr. Benedict Thomas Viviano, OP; Fr. Mark Wedig, OP; and Fr. Richard Woods, OP. The authors treat their subjects with expertise, the fruits of the labor resulting from extensive intellectual work and practical ministerial application, and definitively within the charism of the Dominican Order.

Inquiry for the Process of Canonisation of the Dominican Pope Benedict XIII

After five years of investigations, the diocesan inquiry for the process of beatification and canonisation of the Dominican Pope Benedict XIII will officially be closed on the 24th of February 2017. The closing ceremony will take place at the Lateran Palace with Cardinal Agostino Vallini, the Vicar General of the Diocese of Rome presiding. The members of the Diocesan Tribunal which conducted the investigation will also be present: Monsignor Giuseppe D’Alonzo, Chief Judge, Don George pacifiers, Promoter of Justice, and Marcello Terramani, notary actuary. The Master of the Order, fr Bruno Cadoré will lead the Dominican contingent at the ceremony.

Pope Benedict XIII (Pier Francesco Orsini) was born in Gravina, Puglia on 2 February 1649/50. The first of six children of Ferdinando III, Duke of Gravina and Giovanna Frangipani of Tolfa, daughter of the Duke of Grumo. He had a strong desire for the religious life from a very young age which his family strongly opposed. At a young age and with the guardian of his mother, he inherited the reign as the Duke of Gravina after his father’s death. Under the pretext of the desire to know other parts of Italy, he travelled to Venice where he met the Dominicans. On 12 August 1668, he received the habit and took the name fra Vincenzo Maria.

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A New Guide to Living a Marian Life

“By a singular gift of God’s grace, no one other than her Son was ever so meek, humble, or grace-filled as the Blessed Virgin,” a new Manual for Marian Devotionnotes. It’s a leather-bound volume (also available on Kindle) meant to help guide not only prayer by a lifestyle of going to Mary as mother, to be more like her Son, knowing and treasuring God’s will in your life. She is role model, intercessor, and teacher. How can we live that way? Sister Albert Marie Surmanski, O.P., a Dominican Sister of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, who teaches theology at Ave Maria University, put the Manual together with the help of Sr. Maria Veritas Marks, O.P. Sr. Albert Marie shares a bit about the book and Marian living.

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Statement of Justice Promoters of the Dominican Family of the United States denouncing executive actions of President Donald Trump

We, the Justice Promoters of the Dominican Family of the United Sates are outraged by President Trump’s recent executive orders. This nation has a long history of welcoming immigrants and sheltering refugees. Women and men religious have been blessed to be able to accompany and serve immigrant and refugee communities across this country for a very long time. Catholic religious communities remain committed to welcoming refugees who come to this country after passing through the U.S. government’s already rigorous screening processes. Halting or undermining the U.S. refugee resettlement program leaves vulnerable refugees, including women and children fleeing violence, in extreme danger and diminishes us all.

President Trump’s order, which bans residents of seven Muslim majority countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days, suspends refugee resettlement entirely for four months, and bars resettlement of Syrian refugees indefinitely. This is unconscionable in the face of the unprecedented global refugee crisis. More than 61 million people have been displaced from their homes, more than at any time since World War II. Some 21 million are refugees; most are children who have been forced from their homes by unthinkable violence.

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Cantus Selecti OP – Selection of Fifty Dominican Chants

In this Jubilee Year of the Order of Preachers, I am happy to present this publication of a selection of about fifty chants particularly dear to the tradition of the Order. I am very grateful to the International Liturgical Commission of the Order for having prepared this edition with such great care.

Not long after its confirmation (1216), the Order benefited from the decision of Humbert of Romans, then Master of the Order, to promote the establishment of a common liturgy for the whole Order (1254). In this way a fundamental characteristic of the vocation of the Order was affirmed: to root its mission of preaching in a rich choral life, contemplative and liturgical. Since this time, the celebration, the listening, and the study of the Word of God have together bourn and nourished the preaching of this Word. This attentiveness of the Master of Order Humbert of Romans manifests, in my view, two constitutive elements of the “holy preaching” that Dominic wished to place at the service of the Church. On the one hand, this rooting in liturgical prayer was essential for the unity of life for each brother and each community. On the other hand, vowed to itinerant preaching, according to the mode of Jesus the Preacher, it was suitable for giving to the brothers the conditions necessary foster unity among all the communities.

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Fr Miguel Ángel del Río is the New Vicar of the Master of the Order

The Master of the Order, fr Bruno Cadoré had appointed fr Miguel Ángel del Río as his new vicar. He succeeds fr Vivian Boland who has been the vicar since November 2012. Fr Miguel is of the Province of Hispania and he is currently the Socius of the Master of the Order for Italy, Malta and the Iberian Peninsula

Fr Miguel was born in Barillos of Arrimadas (León) in 1970. He entered the Order in 1989 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1995. After his ordination, he studied Liturgy at the Pontificio Ateneo San Anselmo in Rome and obtained his doctorate in 1998.

He was prior of the Convent of Ntra. Sra. del Camino (León) for six years. Before his appointment, he was assigned to the Convent of San Esteban (Salamanca) and was a professor and secretary of the Faculty and School of Theology of San Esteban.

Dominican Art Exhibit in Australia

In 800 years of their history, many Dominicans (nuns, sisters, friars, and members of the laity) have been involved in the Arts. All over the world, art works by Dominicans are to be found in many churches, monasteries, Dominican institutions and places where Dominicans live and work.

To mark the 800th anniversary of the approval of the naming of the Order of Preachers – the Dominicans – various artists from around the world were invited to hang a piece of their work at the world headquarters for the Dominican Friars at Santa Sabina in Rome from late 2016 through to early 2017.

Contemporary Dominican artists use a variety of mediums and techniques in their work and cover many different themes. Some works depict Dominican saints and those beatified, while others feature topics and themes a round Dominican prayer and spirituality. At the same time, other Dominican artists paint landscapes or portraits and yet others create abstract works on canvass, in sculpture or in stained glass.

Some of these works, such as those by Fr Kim En Joong OP, are now beginning to be discovered in Australia. The Korean born Dominican who lives in Paris, has won many awards for his work which are to be found in many churches, cathedrals, monasteries, and galleries in Europe. Early in 2017 an exhibition of his work will be held in the Vatican. His work has, till now, never been exhibited anywhere in Australia.

Pope Francis Homily at Closing Mass of Dominican Jubilee

The Word of God presents us today two opposite human scenarios: on one hand the ‘carnival of worldly curiosity’ and, on the other, the glorification of the Father through good works. And our life always moves between these two scenarios.

In fact, they exist in every age, as Saint Paul’s words to Timothy demonstrate (cf. 2 Timothy 4:1-5), and also Saint Dominic and his first Brothers, who moved between these two scenarios 800 years ago.

Paul warns Timothy that he must proclaim the Gospel in the midst of a context where people are always looking for new teachers, myths, different doctrines and ideologies … “Prurientes auribsu” (2 Timothy 4:3).

Dominican friar sings on the streets of Manhattan

“I want the Church to go out into the streets,” declared Pope Francis at a youth gathering in Argentina. “I want us to defend ourselves… from all that which means being closed up in ourselves. Parishes, schools, institutions are made in order to come out.”

The Dominicans of the province of St. Joseph took heed.

So, Blackfriar Films — the province’s media division — hit the streets of New York City with Fr. Austin Dominic Litke, Fr. Bob Koopman, O.S.B., and Leah Sedlacek as they performed a new arrangement of the beautiful 17th-century hymn “The Call,” composed by George Herbert and later made famous by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Scenes were filmed at the Brooklyn Bridge, Our Lady of Good Counsel parish, Grand Central Station, Columbus Circle, and the Staten Island ferry.

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