The Dominicans Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus

2001 Novices

St. Albert's Priory is delighted to announce the Novice Class of 2001.  These eleven men have come from various walks of life, but all have sought to live and serve the Lord in the tradition of St. Dominic De Guzman.  Please pray for them as they spend one year dedicated to deeper prayer as they learn to live the Dominican life.

"It is always Christ who sends.  But whom does He send?  You, young people, are the ones He looks upon with love.  Christ, who says, 'Follow me,' wants you to live your lives with a  sense of vocation.  He wants your lives to have a precise meaning, a dignity.  Most of you are called to marriage and family life, but some will receive a call to the priesthood or religious life...The search and discovery of God's will for you is a deep and fascinating endeavor.   It requires of you the attitude of trust expressed in the words of the Psalm used in today's liturgy, 'you will show me the path of life, fullness of joy in your presence, the delights at your right hand forever.' (PS 15:11) Every vocation, every path to which Christ calls us ultimately leads to fulfillment and happiness, because it leads to God, to sharing in God's own life."

- Pope John Paul II

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Br. Thich Van Ngo*



Br. Thomas Patrick David Gavin


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Br. Paul Therese Woodward



Br. Anthony Tong Nguyen*



Br. Michael Joseph Mary Tripoli


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Br. Thienan Tran*



Br. Jeremiah Loverich


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Br. Wesley Raphael Thomas Salzillo



Br. Peter Do


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Br. Michael Mary Matyas


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Br. Jesson Martin Mata


 


* These brothers belong to the Vietnamese Vicariate located in Canada.

Vestition - 2001

The habits for the new novices of 2001 were neatly folded on a table in the Sanctuary of the St. Albert Priory main chapel.

Vestition - 2001

The ceremony happened during the celebration of Compline. Following the short reading Fr. Anthony Rosevear, OP, Fr. Daniel Syverstad, OP (then - Provincial), Fr. Paul Scanlon, OP, and Fr. Paul Tran, OP (Superior of the Vietnamese Vicariat) address the postulants.

Vestition - 2001

The postulants prostrate before the altar in silent prayer as the Vestition Ceremony begins.

Vestition - 2001

The Provincial concludes with a prayer before asking the postulants to rise and return to their seats.

Vestition - 2001

The postulants are questioned about their intentions before they are clothed.

Vestition - 2001

First they strip off the shirts they are wearing. One of the signs they are leaving one life and beginning another.

Vestition - 2001

One by one they approach the Provincial, Fr. Daniel Syverstad, OP, who clothes them in the Dominican Habit.

Vestition - 2001

The clothing takes some time, thus the waiting sometimes seems to take forever!

Vestition - 2001

While the postulants are being clothed, the hymn Veni Creator is sung by the other friars present.

Vestition - 2001

After they have been clothed in their habit, the new novices kneel with the capuce (hood) of their habit covering their heads.

Vestition - 2001

It is a powerful moment! One wonders what prayers and thoughts run through each head.

Vestition - 2001

The new novices each seem to be deep in prayer.

Vestition - 2001

After all the novices have been clothed, they return to the provincial, one by one, to receive a religious name, if one has been chosen. Then the capuce is lowered and they return to their places.

Vestition - 2001

Fr. Paul Tran receives the new novice for the Vietnamese Vicariat.

Vestition - 2001

As each is received, he is given the sign of peace by the Provincial. Then all have their scapulars blessed - the only part of the habit that is blessed.

Vestition - 2001

After the kiss of peace from the Provincial, the rest of the friars line the chapel to extend a sign of peace to each novice.

Vestition - 2001

Young and old, hale, hearty and infirm, all the friars rejoice in the new novices.

Vestition - 2001

There is a long line .. thank goodness no one tests to see if the novices remember everyone's name. (and the other way as well!)

Vestition - 2001

It is indeed a time to rejoice in the blessings of new vocations, young men eager to give their lives to the Lord and in service to his people.

Vestition - 2001

The Compline service then resumes. Two of the new novices took up candles and led the traditional Salve Procession out to the shrine to Our Lady on the cloister walk.

Vestition - 2001

Salve Regina, mater misericordiae ... Hail holy queen, mother of mercies ...

Vestition - 2001

vita, dulcedo, et spes nostra, salve. our life, our sweetness, and our hope, we hail you.

Vestition - 2001

ad te suspiramus, gementes et flentes in hac lacrimarum valle. tou you we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vally of tears.

Vestition - 2001

During the singing of the Salve Regina the Provincial sprinkled the gathered community with holy water.

Vestition - 2001

et Jesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui, nobis post hoc exsilium ostende. And after this, our exile, show to us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus.

Vestition - 2001

At the end of the Salve Regina a short prayer was offered asking for Mary's continued intercession with her Son for the lives of the brethren.

Vestition - 2001

The 70+ Dominican friars present then continued to process to the center of the cloister garden and the statue of St. Dominic.

Vestition - 2001

While processing, the brethren sang the O Lumen in honor of St. Dominic.

Vestition - 2001

At the conclusion of the O Lumen Fr. Anthony Rosevear offered a prayer invoking the intercession of St. Dominic. All ceremonies concluded, the community retired to a small reception party for the newest members of the Western Dominican Province and the Dominican Order.
  • The habits for the new novices of 2001 were neatly folded on a table in the Sanctuary of the St. Albert Priory main chapel.
  • The ceremony happened during the celebration of Compline.  Following the short reading Fr. Anthony Rosevear, OP, Fr. Daniel Syverstad, OP (then - Provincial), Fr. Paul Scanlon, OP, and Fr. Paul Tran, OP (Superior of the Vietnamese Vicariat) address the postulants.
  • The postulants prostrate before the altar in silent prayer as the Vestition Ceremony begins.
  • The Provincial concludes with a prayer before asking the postulants to rise and return to their seats.
  • The postulants are questioned about their intentions before they are clothed.
  • First they strip off the shirts they are wearing.  One of the signs they are leaving one life and beginning another.
  • One by one they approach the Provincial, Fr. Daniel Syverstad, OP, who clothes them in the Dominican Habit.
  • The clothing takes some time, thus the waiting sometimes seems to take forever!
  • While the postulants are being clothed, the hymn Veni Creator is sung by the other friars present.
  • After they have been clothed in their habit, the new novices kneel with the capuce (hood) of their habit covering their heads.
  • It is a powerful moment!  One wonders what prayers and thoughts run through each head.
  • The new novices each seem to be deep in prayer.
  • After all the novices have been clothed, they return to the provincial, one by one, to receive a religious name, if one has been chosen.  Then the capuce is lowered and they return to their places.
  • Fr. Paul Tran receives the new novice for the Vietnamese Vicariat.
  • As each is received, he is given the sign of peace by the Provincial.  Then all have their scapulars blessed - the only part of the habit that is blessed.
  • After the kiss of peace from the Provincial, the rest of the friars line the chapel to extend a sign of peace to each novice.
  • Young and old, hale, hearty and infirm, all the friars rejoice in the new novices.
  • There is a long line .. thank goodness no one tests to see if the novices remember everyone's name. (and the other way as well!)
  • It is indeed a time to rejoice in the blessings of new vocations, young men eager to give their lives to the Lord and in service to his people.
  • The Compline service then resumes.  Two of the new novices took up candles and led the traditional Salve Procession out to the shrine to Our Lady on the cloister walk.
  • Salve Regina, mater misericordiae ...
Hail holy queen, mother of mercies ...
  • vita, dulcedo, et spes nostra, salve.
our life, our sweetness, and our hope, we hail you.
  • ad te suspiramus, gementes et flentes in hac lacrimarum valle.
tou you we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vally of tears.
  • During the singing of the Salve Regina the Provincial sprinkled the gathered community with holy water.
  • et Jesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui, nobis post hoc exsilium ostende.
And after this, our exile, show to us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus.
  • At the end of the Salve Regina a short prayer was offered asking for Mary's continued intercession with her Son for the lives of the brethren.
  • The 70+ Dominican friars present then continued to process to the center of the cloister garden and the statue of St. Dominic.
  • While processing, the brethren sang the O Lumen in honor of St. Dominic.
  • At the conclusion of the O Lumen Fr. Anthony Rosevear offered a prayer invoking the intercession of St. Dominic.
All ceremonies concluded, the community retired to a small reception party for the newest members of the Western Dominican Province and the Dominican Order.

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