Set Apart to Serve

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

  On August 8, the Solemnity of Saint Dominic, I received the sacrament of Holy Orders by being ordained a deacon alongside my classmate, Br. Cody Jorgenson. The event marked a profound change to my role in the Church. As the Catechism tells us in paragraph 1570, a deacon shares in Christ’s mission and grace […]

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Easter Joy and the Resurrected Body

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Saint Thomas would later be identified with his moment of doubt, but now it is not doubt that captures his mind. Jesus stands before him in the glory of his resurrected body. As Jesus shows Thomas his wounds, Thomas recalls the recent events still vividly painted in the minds of the men and women of […]

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Discovering a Desert in Bloom

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The height of winter usually finds the novices of the Western Dominican Province roaming the deserts of the Southwest. This journey takes us through our ministries in Eagle Rock, Mexicali, Tucson, Las Vegas and Thomas Aquinas College, and covers the span of about a month. Far from an invitation to a vacation, the voice which […]

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Live Lent Like a Dominican

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Over the last 800 years, the Order of Preachers has celebrated the holiness of 103 Saints and 374 Blesseds in the Dominican family. Their witness serves as a model for all of us, especially during Lent. So as we continue our observance of this holy season, may we be inspired by their words of wisdom […]

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Ash Wednesday With the Pope

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

In a tradition dating back to the fourth century, the Pope will spend Ash Wednesday at the Basilica of Santa Sabina, currently the worldwide headquarters of the Order of Preachers. After the legalization of Christianity in 313, the faithful began a custom of processing through the streets of Rome to visit various churches and to […]

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Devotion to the Holy Name

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

As we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus, the titular feast of the Western Dominican Province, Fr. Augustine Hilander, O.P., our promoter of the Holy Name Society, offers his reflections regarding devotion to the Holy Name. Most people consider devotion as what dogs feel for their masters, and what cats do not […]

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Double Take: Two Masses in Two Days

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

This year, since Christmas falls on a Monday, many people are asking, “If I only go to a Christmas Vigil Mass on Sunday, December 24, have I also fulfilled my Sunday obligation?” The simple answer is: no. For Catholics, going to Mass on Sunday is absolutely necessary for our spiritual health. As we read in […]

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Prepare the Way of the Lord

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

As we finish the month of November, many people are already singing carols and setting up their Christmas trees. But before we celebrate Jesus’ birth on December 25, the Church gives us four weeks to prepare during the season of Advent. Aware of how busy these days can be, we’ve come up with four suggestions […]

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