We Shall Reap Our Harvest

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

When I was growing up, my family kept a garden. There would be a certain day in the mid-spring, a warm and dry day, when we’d start the work of planting. The first thing to do was to prepare the ground, and so we uprooted the weeds that had grown in the autumn and died […]

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The Good Shepherd Lays Down His Life for His Sheep

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

There is no doubt that the Coronavirus pandemic is a global tragedy. It has been heartbreaking to hear news of many dying weekly. However, I realized that the Lord has providentially afforded me an opportunity to prepare for my upcoming presbyteral ordination in a unique way. First of all, the pandemic gives me a realistic […]

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Solemn Vows 2020

Friday, April 17, 2020

The Dominican Friars of the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus joyfully announce the Solemn Profession of their Brothers Joshua Gatus, O.P. Joseph Selinger, O.P. Matthew Heynen, O.P. into the hands of The Very Reverend Christopher Fadok, O.P. Prior Provincial Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. Priory of St. Albert the Great […]

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Pandemic Reflections

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

This has certainly been a strange and disturbing few weeks we have lived through, with practically our entire world going into shelter-in-place mode in the face of COVID-19. Most shocking of all, at least from my perspective as a friar, is the cancellation of public Masses. Here at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Benicia, CA, […]

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A Short History and Theology of Spiritual Communion

Thursday, April 9, 2020

With many facing limited or no access to the Eucharist, the practice of making a Spiritual Communion is becoming increasingly known. But what is it, what are it’s theological underpinnings, and can it be fulfilling? Fr. Bernhard Blankenhorn, O.P., son of the Western Dominican Province, and aggregate professor of theology at the Pontifical University of […]

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Praying in the Dark

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

A few people have told me that it’s easier for them to pray in the dark than in the light. So why is that? C.S. Lewis inquires, “Why must holy places be dark places?” Perhaps there is more than one answer to this question. But one answer seems to be that darkness comes with uncertainty. […]

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Holy Week | Livestream Schedule – April 9-12, 2020

Monday, April 6, 2020

Livestream Schedule – April 9-12, 2020 Visit www.livestream.com/opwest at the times noted below to join the friars for any of the following Holy Week liturgies. Holy Thursday:  April 9, 7:30 pm – Mass of the Lord’s Supper Celebrant: Fr. Christopher Fadok, O.P. | Prior Provincial Good Friday:  April 10, 7:30 pm – Celebration of the […]

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Special Mass for COVID-19 Intentions on April 6th

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

On April 6th, Fr. James Moore, O.P., will be celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for you, your loved ones, anyone who is sick or has died from the virus, and your other intentions related to the COVID-19 outbreak. CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR INTENTIONS ONLINE Fr. James will be placing your name and […]

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