From the Order: Impelled by the Eucharist: Preaching, Compassion, and the Caring Moment

The vocation of the Cooperator brothers in the Order remains a vital part of our preaching mission. In a bid to promote this Vocation, we will be featuring the works of different Cooperator brothers from different parts of the world. We invite you to follow this series on the website of the Order ( and on IDI.

This month, we are featuring:

Brother Ignatius Perkins, O.P., currently serves as Director of Health Services for the Dominican Friars (Province of St. Joseph, USA) and as Executive Director of the Dominican Friars Health Care Ministry of New York.

How do I carry out the Order’s Mission and charism?

As Dominican Cooperator Brother, I share with our Priest Brothers, the privilege and the responsibility to announce the Kingdom of God to all those yearning for and needing His message of salvation in their lives.  As a Dominican, with every breath, every action, every suffering, every joy, I preach God’s message of salvation, a message of hope, a message of enduring love for all of us.  It is through Baptism and the consecration of my life and the profession of Solemn Vows, I have been given the freedom, the joy and indeed the responsibility to help others come to understand, believe and to cooperate with God’s Word through healing and transformation of their heart and minds.  This is the healing that Jesus desires for all persons.

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From the Order: Five Holy Marvels of the Dominican Order

Nearly 800 years has passed since The Order of Preachers (e.g., Dominican Order) was officially approved by Pope Honorius III.  Dominicans today include friars, nuns, sisters, and lay or secular Associates.  The particular charisms of this spirituality include charity, combatting heresy through preaching and theological study, and mystical union with God.  St. Catherine of Siena and St. Rose of Lima are among the most notable Dominicans who lived a deeply mystical spirituality within the Dominican framework.

There are several lesser known Dominicans who deserve to be acknowledged, if for no other reason than their unfailing fidelity to God through their religious commitment.  Some are saints, others blesseds, but all lived life in such a way that pointed others toward God.  In the Middle Ages there was evidence of precursors to the Age of Enlightenment, though its full influence would not occur until several hundred years later.  But in the 13th century, the understanding of and attitude towards religion were shifting, which is why the Domincans (among other religious orders) were so critical in their pursuit of theological truth and zeal in catechizing those who were skeptics.  These five men and women helped shape not only the order itself, but also their communities and societal perspectives that might otherwise have shifted to humanism much sooner than what actually happened.

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From the Order: Dutch Dominican Family Launches Jubilee Campaign in the Pub

The Order of Preachers started in a pub, not in a church. The Dutch Dominican Family therefore has launched a Dominican jubilee-beer, called Zondag (Sunday). It marks the start of a campaign in 2016 to create opportunities for meaningful encounter with secular people in universities, on social media, in café’s and elsewhere.

The brothers, sisters and lay Dominicans of the Dominican Family in the Netherlands want to celebrate the 800-jubilee of The Order not only among the brothers, sisters and lay Dominicans of the Dominican Family in the Netherlands, but also want to celebrate the 800-jubilee of The Order with people outside of their priory’s, convents and churches as well. The famous story of Saint Dominic talking all night with the innkeeper shows that preaching starts with the willingness to spend time together and share visions on life and love. The question therefore is: who is today’s innkeeper we would like to meet?

So the Dutch Dominican Family has decided to work together with young secular communication professionals, who are interested in what they themselves could learn from our tradition, and vice versa. The result of all this is a communication campaign with the slogan Dwell – Share – Celebrate, as a modern translation of Dominican inspiration. The logo of the campaign is – of course – the dog with a torch.

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