Vocations find their true meaning in Christ
Three young men share their stories as they are just days away from receiving an irreversible grace of being ordained priests. They speak about how they were influenced by others and how they could not avoid the call from God to be men who serve others.
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By Michele Jurich
Staff writer - The Catholic Voice
The Rev. Michael C. Barber, SJ, who will become Oakland's fifth bishop on May 25, has served as far away as Micronesia, Toronto and England, and as close to home as Menlo Park, where he helped train men who are serving as priests in the diocese.
He will be the first bishop of Oakland to have been baptized by a former bishop of Oakland. As an infant, Michael Charles Barber was baptized at Mission Dolores by then-Rev. John S. Cummins.
Please see the full article at The Catholic Voice.
For several years now, Fr. Bruno Gibson has been offering short retreats in a lovely setting. "You see from Mount Tamalpais on one side, all over the Marin headlands, Belvedere Island, the Golden Gate, the Bay in between, stretching all the way over to Angel Island." For more information about these retreats and a link to Fr. Bruno, see the article in the Catholic Voice. The retreats are collectively called "A View from the Ridge."
The French Biblical and Archaeological School of Jerusalem has been an important research institute for more than a century. While modern photography was still developing, this series of exceptional photographs kept track of that rapid urbanization which is transforming biblical landscapes. With these photographs an attempt is made to restore the purity and poetry of the holy places. This exhibition invites us to enter in the Bible through earth and stones, after Chateaubriand, Pierre Loti and many pilgrims.
If I forget thee, O Jerusalem
Exhibition of photographs of the Holy Land, 4 to 17 June
Ambulatory of the church of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris
Theme: Art & Architecture
David Thomas Orique O.P. will conduct research as an appointed Visiting Research Scholar in the Las Casas Institute of Blackfriars Hall to build upon his previous domestic and international investigations related to two Dominican friars of the early Atlantic World—a period frequently called the Age of Discovery: Bartolomé de Las Casas (1484-1566) and Fernão (Fernando) de Oliveira (1507-1581). In addition, he plans to continue an ongoing project about certain Dominicans in the late-Spanish-colonial period of the southern Atlantic World.
Fr. David Orique, OP, son of the Western Dominican Province, is Assistant Professor of Latin American, Early Modern European, and Atlantic World History at Providence College. Recent publications include: "Journey to the Headwaters: Bartolomé de Las Casas in a Comparative Context" (2009); "New Discoveries about an Old Manuscript: The Date, Place of Origin, and Role of the Parecer de fray Bartolomé de las Casas in the Making of the New Laws of the Indies" (2010). He is completing a manuscript on Las Casas's juridical approach, and is an editor for the Oxford Handbook of Latin American Christianity.
May 12, 2013
Dear Friends of Saint Albert’s,
When I last wrote, the community had just come from Fr. John Flannery’s funeral, and I was packing to join members of the Order of Malta for their annual pilgrimage to Lourdes. I arrived in Lourdes a couple of days early, as I usually do, to help the advance team arrange things, and on Wednesday, May 1, I had helped greet some of the three hundred or so Malta members, maladies, companions, caregivers, and volunteers who were making the pilgrimage.
We had finished dinner and I had gone to my room, read, turned out the lights and fallen asleep. An hour or so later I was awakened by one of the downstairs receptionists, who told me Fr. Augustine had called with news about Fr. Janko. Fr. Janko was almost ninety-two years old, and his health had, for some time, been somewhat fragile. A transatlantic phone call could only mean bad news, and Fr. Augustine confirmed my fears. Our brother had fallen, injured his head, and died after a two-day stay in the hospital.
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The Only Sin is not to be Kind
An old Italian woman once told me the only sin is not to be kind. It’s a wise summary of the greatest commandment: To love the Lord with all your heart and to love your neighbor as yourself.
Catholicism can be as easy as that. Over the years as a reporter I’ve heard some anecdotes that explain principles of the Catholic faith in easy terms.
You’re called to serve where your shadow falls. Some years ago, I interviewed a woman who worked with Mother Teresa and asked what got her into helping the destitute and dying in Calcutta. She said her husband was a U.S. diplomat in India and at night they’d dress up in fancy clothes for government receptions. When they came home in their finery they had to step over the poor sleeping in their portico. Any person with a heart had to get involved, she said, “I couldn’t just play bridge all day.”
Read more at the USCCB Blog
81st Annual Commencement
Saturday, May 25, 1 pm
Our commencement ceremonies include the conferral of degrees and induction of new members into the DSPT College of Fellows. This year 3 new members will be inducted: Dr. Mary Hirschfeld , Professor of Economics and Theology at Villanova University; Dr. Russell Hittinger , William K. Warren Professor of Catholic Studies at the University of Tulsa, and Dr. Anthony Tersigni , President and CEO of Ascension Health Alliance.
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Three Sisters as seen from St. Benedict Lodge Property,
McKenzie Bridge, Oregon
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Mission West: Campaign for Dominican Friars is a capital campaign to raise critical funds for the support of our mission of evangelization and preaching the gospel in the Western United States, Mexico, South America and other places world-wide. Our mission begins by forming and educating our novices and student brothers to become good priests and brothers, zealous for Christ and His Gospel.
We must also care for our aged friars who, having dedicated many years in service to the people of God are now offering their continued service in prayer during their retirement, often requiring specialized care. This is why our new, three-year effort to raise $15 million is subtitled Campaign for Dominican Friars. We need and greatly appreciate your generous support. Can you help today?
A pledge of $25.00 a month from each person served by the Western Dominican Province over a four year period would make the total reach at least $15m. Some might be able to give more, others less, but if all could participate our goal would be easily reached.
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"Undoubtedly one of the strengths of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology is the ability it fosters in its students to dialogue, on the intellectual level, with contemporary society ....The faculty is both academically prepared and doctrinally sound."
- 2008 report of the Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education.