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.

Daily Prayer for Monday, July 17, 2017

On the Dominican Calendar, today is the day we celebrate Blessed Ceslaus, OP.

LITANY OF BL. CESLAUS
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, Queen of Angels, pray for us.
Blessed Ceslaus, our saint compatriot, pray for us.
Brave follower of the catholic faith, pray for us.
Adornment and pride of Silesia and whole Poland, pray for us.
Our defender and advocate before God, pray for us.
Devout propagator of the worship of Virgin Mary, pray for us.
Founder of dominican convents, pray for us.
Missionary converting heretics and sinners, pray for us.
Beautiful flower of chastity, pray for us.
Master of inner and active life, pray for us.
Model of sacrifice and heroic virtues, pray for us.
Conqueror of bad habits, pray for us.
Labourer for God, working for the sake of humanity, pray for us.
Generous provider of the poor, pray for us.
Comforter of the sad and the miserable, pray for us.
Healer of the sick in body and soul, pray for us.
Zealous teacher and educator of youth, pray for us.
Sower of christian culture, pray for us.
Prudent host of temporal and eternal matters, pray for us.
Miraculous saviour of the city of Wrocław, pray for us.
Heavenly guardian of our Homeland, pray for us.
You who were united with God by the frequent prayer, pray for us.
You who indulged in penance and mortification, pray for us.
You who controlled yourself and were full of serenity, pray for us.
You who permeated the situation of others in order to help them, pray for us.
You who constantly followed the path of truth and honesty, pray for us.
That we may work on improving and salvation of the soul, pray for us.
That we must beware of pride, greed and selfishness, pray for us.
That we shall avoid all sins and wickedness, pray for us.
That we shall be consistent, prudent and faithful to God people, pray for us.
That we must beware of impiety and barbarism, pray for us.
That we may faithfully fulfill our duties, pray for us.
That we have gone through life doing good, pray for us.
That we may praise God with you eternally, pray for us.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.
V. Pray for us, O Blessed Ceslaus.
R. That we may be made worthy of His promises.
Let us pray.
O God, Whose will is our sanctification, through the intercession of blessed Ceslaus, support us with Your grace, that we may in all circumstances of life be able to know Your will and to serve You with perseverance. Through Christ our Lord. R. Amen.

Daily prayer for July 12, 2017

Lord, Father all-powerful and ever-living God, I thank You, for
even though I am a sinner, your unprofitable servant, not
because of my worth but in the kindness of your mercy,
You have fed me with the Precious Body & Blood of Your Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ.
I pray that this Holy Communion may not bring me
condemnation and punishment but forgiveness and salvation.
May it be a helmet of faith and a shield of good will.
May it purify me from evil ways and put an end to my evil passions.
May it bring me charity and patience, humility and obedience,
and growth in the power to do good.
May it be my strong defense against all my enemies, visible and invisible, and the perfect calming of all my evil impulses,
bodily and spiritual.
May it unite me more closely to you, the One true God, and lead me
safely through death to everlasting happiness with You.
And I pray that You will lead me, a sinner, to the banquet where you,
with Your Son and holy Spirit, are true and perfect light, total fulfillment, everlasting joy, gladness without end, and perfect
happiness to your saints. grant this through Christ our Lord,

Amen.

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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Dominican Sisters make a Mission Trip to Haiti Mission

Early in the morning on Thursday, May 25, Sparkill’s Haiti Mission Team — a growing group of Sisters from multiple Dominican congregations and friends — left for their 2017 trip to Haiti. The team has much to accomplish on this trip, including checking the status of our building projects and water wells, training local community leaders who will run this summer’s kids’ camp in the town of Cuvier, delivering medicine and hygienic supplies, and assessing hurricane relief progress.

Sr. Valorie Lordi (Sparkill,) Sr. Pat Hogan (Sparkill,) Jackie Baptiste (Nurse at Dominican Convent in Sparkill and dear friend of the community,) and Sr. Eleanor Uhl (Domincian Sister of Caldwell,) are making the trip.

This holy trio of Dominican nuns shows that God can call any type to the convent

If you ask most people to tell you which of their acquaintances is most likely to become a nun, nine times out of 10 you’ll be directed to the shy, quiet, awkward girl. But anyone who’s spent 10 minutes with a group of nuns will tell you that not every nun is meek and homely—quite the contrary. Convents are filled with beauty queens, actresses, and investment bankers, filled with the shy retiring type, the loud and sassy type, and plenty of “problems like Maria.”

On June 8, the Church celebrates a group of these nuns: Blesseds Diana, Amata, and Cecilia, friends of St. Dominic and among the very first Dominican nuns.

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