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).

To read the entire story, click here.

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.

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.

To read the entire story, click here.

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.

To read the entire story, click here.

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.

To read the rest of the story, click here.

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.

To read the rest of the story, click here.

Q & A with Sr. Lorelle Elcock, OP, raising money for Dominican sisters in Iraq

It’s been nearly three years since ISIS captured the Iraqi city of Mosul, causing many of the residents, including — eventually — the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena, to flee. In those three years, the sisters have reimagined many of their ministries to make them work for life in a refugee camp.

Support from the global network for Dominican sisters has helped bring these ministries to fruition. Sr. Lorelle Elcock, prioress of the New York-based Dominican Sisters of Hope, shares what her parish has done to help the Iraqi sisters.

To read the rest of the story, click here.

Echoes from the Mission in East Timor: “Where is the road?”

To read the entire post, click here.

It has been a long time we received visitors on this island. This year, however, our Lenten season was specially blessed with three visits at the same time; the Mother General of our Congregation and her entourage, the Master of the Order with his entourage and Fr Felicíssimo. With gratitude to God for this time of grace, we share our latest news with you all, especially those who have always shown much interest in knowing what is happening in our little world.

For our visitors during the period, it was a golden opportunity to experience our life and work more closely and to share a little of our daily struggles. It was an opportunity to receive the affection of the children, to know the suffering of our people, to taste the fruits of the season (heat and rain) and to experience the lack of electricity and water. The torrential rains of March are always very strong and they do much damage on our mountainous island. They do not bring flood but mud, the kind of mud that makes driving along the roads a little more risky and uncomfortable.

Sr Stella Storch, OP, helping Tanzanian orphans earn a living

To read the entire post, click here.

Sr. Stella Storch, a Dominican Sister of Sinsinawa, learned firsthand in 2000 that Tanzanian orphans whose parents were decimated by AIDS are treated like second-class citizens, left vulnerable to trafficking.

She first learned about the orphans in 1990, when Sr. Hellen Bandiho, a sister of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, came to Wisconsin from Tanzania and told her about the aftermath of the AIDS epidemic.

Three years after she helped found UNANIMA in 2001, a nongovernmental organization at the United Nations, she began “Empowering Women’s Future: AIDS Orphan Sewing Project” in Bukoba, Tanzania.

Get ready to celebrate St. Catherine of Siena with this Novena

In preparation of the feast day of St Catherine of Siena on April 29 we will start a digital novena.
Each day a new prayer will appear on this site.
Please join us on www.op.org/novena or follow us through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram

What is a novena?

A novena is a traditional form of Catholic prayer.
It is an ancient devotion that consists of nine days of prayer.
Novenas are often prayed in preparation for a feast day or for a specific intention.
We pray our novena in preparation of the Feast day of St Catherine.