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Our Program of Formation involves eight years of academic and ministerial training. Throughout all that time our student friars in formation depend completely on the generosity of others and so keep our benefactors in particular at the center of our prayer life. Pleased do ad your own regular donation to our continuing need. We thank you now and will continue to thank you with our prayers.
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The Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA offers Masters and other degree and certificate programs rooted in the tradition of the Dominican order and our brother, St. Thomas Aquinas. Faithful to the teaching of Holy Mother, the Church, our school prepares not only young men studying for the priesthood, but also other men and women who will be the leaders of local communities of faith. Please do join in supporting this essential ministry of the Western Dominican Province.
Today we celebrate the feast of the Patronage of Mary over the whole Dominican Order. This feast celebrates Mary more as Mother than of benefactor. As the Gospel relates, Jesus said to the Apostle John, “Behold your Mother.” The motherhood of Mary for the whole Church is established in these few words by Jesus.
The special relationship with the order can be traced back to an early tale of St. Dominic. Deep in prayer, our Holy Father Dominic saw three women, the central woman of great dignity and beauty. She was carrying an aspergillum and blessing rows of Dominicans kneeling in rows along her path. This vision disappeared and another one was granted. Dominic saw our Lord and the Blessed Virgin sitting on thrones in heaven. The sight was gloriously wonderful and Dominic hesitated to approach, but both Our Lady and Jesus insisted. In the vision Jesus showed all the religious who were in heaven, yet Dominic did not see a single one of his own order and he began to weep. Asked why he was weeping, Dominic replied that although he saw many members of religious orders in heaven, he did not see any of the Order of Preachers. Our Lady instructed Dominic to come closer and as he did Our Lady opened her mantle and under her arms and stretching out to a great distance were tens of thousands of Dominicans.
Ever since then, the already strong devotion to our Lady was strengthened by an act of consecration. Each year on this festival of her patronage Dominicans join in renewing their devotion to this most clement, most loving and most gracious woman of faith, the Mother of our Savior and our Mother too.
Patronage of Mary,
Queen of the Rosary,
Queen of Angels,
Queen of Heaven and Earth
Mary, full of grace, protector of your Dominican friars, nuns, sisters and laity, hear our petition and plead our cause before the throne of your divine Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, for you have always been solicitous to your children and our strong support against all evil. We ask this through the same Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit, One God, for ever and ever. Amen.