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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Keeping the Light Burning
Your prayers, service and donations help us to keep the flame of Dominican Vocations bright in the Western United States. Please do consider making a regular contribution for future preachers for the salvation of souls.
A Message From The Provincial
The first six months of my ministry as Provincial have taught me so much, as I have toured the Province visiting our brothers and ministries. It has been an opportunity to share the joys and challenges we encounter in our various ministries. In my last letter I mentioned a few of the issues we face, and how important your prayers and support are to us. I am pleased to announce that we are tackling our challenges with renewed enthusiasm and energy.
One new initiative is our Mission West: Campaign for the Dominican Friars. This campaign will help us address our current financial needs and put us in a position to confront future obligations. More news of the campaign can be found in this issue. I ask for your support and prayers as we present this campaign to our various ministry sites.
I am pleased to announce that six men entered the novitiate this past August. In a ceremony called vestition, they received the habit on September 1. Our novitiate is located at the Priory in San Francisco, which is connected to St. Dominic Church. This is a vibrant and busy parish which allows our novices to be formed and educated within a Dominican parish that is dedicated to being a center of evangelization and preaching. The entrance of these men into the order is a sign that our Province is alive and well, eager to be about our mission.
This past summer two cooperator brothers celebrated their 50th Jubilee of profession, Brothers Frederick Narberes and Daniel Thomas. Over the last fifty years Brothers Frederick and Daniel have been involved in a variety of ministries, from high school education to parish and campus ministry. Both of them remain very active in exciting and essential ministries. Brother Frederick assists at St. Therese Center, an HIV and AIDS outreach program, serving southern Nevada and northern Arizona. Brother Daniel is a missionary in Nairobi, Kenya. As a Province we are delighted in their achievements and are proud of their many years of fruitful service.
The vestition of our novices and the celebration of the Jubilees are just two examples of the excitement and enthusiasm we are experiencing in confronting the challenges we face. With your prayers and support we are more confident that the Lord will lead us and bless our preaching mission.
Know that you are in my prayers.
Father Mark Padrez, OP