Another Year Begins in the ‘School of Perfection’

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Here at the house of studies, St. Albert’s Priory, we have started another academic year! Late summer and early fall are always times of transition for the studentate. We have students leaving to go on their residency years or to study abroad, and we have friars entering from the novitiate, from their residency years, from […]

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Take the Novice Prayer Pledge

Monday, August 19, 2019

On Thursday August 29th at 7:30pm, in a beautiful ceremony called Vestition, the four young men below will join the Dominicans; receiving the habit of the Order of Preachers and beginning their novitiate year. Please sign the pledge below and help us pray for our four new men who will be vested in the habit of […]

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Wise and Compassionate

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Matthew 25:1-12 tells the parable of the ten bridesmaids who went to meet the bridegroom’s wedding feast. Five wise virgins brought extra oil for their lamps, while the other five were foolish for they did not bring extra oil. The bridegroom was delayed, and while the five wise ones had enough oil to last through […]

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Residency Year

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

At this point in the academic year, I am finishing my year of ‘residency.’ This year – typically a student brother’s fourth year of formation – is an opportunity for him to experience full-time ministry at one of our parishes or Newman centers before he makes solemn vows. The life is quite different from both […]

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Be Still

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

When it comes to leisure, many of us tend to associate it with time spent not working or studying, doing what we enjoy. In other words, leisure is work-free and self-indulgent. We see this notion of leisure in our culture, in which everybody must have their hands full all the time – they must be […]

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The Coronation of Mary

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

“Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope.” As Dominicans, we pray these words quite frequently, after every Rosary and at the end of Night Prayer. When we recite this prayer, we refer to Mary not only as Queen but also as “our hope.” Mary’s Queenship is quite familiar to […]

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The Fourth Glorious Mystery: The Assumption

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

When we meditate upon the fourth glorious mystery, the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we should be meditating upon love; namely, the loving union of a soul with God. To better understand the loving union between Mary and her Son that led to the Assumption, I would like to offer an unusual example: levitation. […]

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The Second Glorious Mystery: The Ascension

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

As we continue to celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, let us meditate on the Second Glorious mystery, Christ’s Ascension into heaven, and the significance of this vital event in our Christian lives. St. Augustine claimed that “the Resurrection of the Lord is our hope; the Lord’s Ascension is our glorification.” In the […]

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The Day of the Lord

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Exult, let them exult! Having been baptized during an Easter Vigil, these opening words from the Exsultet have a special place in my memory of the celebration of Easter. This year, proclaiming the Exsultet in our priory chapel as a deacon, I was struck by the repeated motif of “this is the night.” The night […]

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