Our Lady of the Rosary

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

For centuries the Church has taught that the rosary is a powerful prayer. Saint Dominic learned this truth almost 800 years ago, when the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to him in a vision. Aware of his distress at being unable to convert more Albigensians back to Catholicism, the Blessed Mother spoke to Dominic and offered […]

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Rosary Sunday Dominican Student Appeal

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Help give the world great priests and religious brothers! Please support the Rosary Sunday Dominican Student Appeal today. October 7 is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. Given our special devotion to the Blessed Mother and the Rosary, it’s a particularly important day for Dominicans. It’s also why we come to you each fall to ask […]

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Mater Dolorosa

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Michelangelo’s Pietà is probably one of the most famous portrayals of the Virgin Mary known to mankind. Every year millions of tourists, Catholic and non-Catholic alike, visit St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, where they can gaze upon the sculpture of the Blessed Mother as she cradles her son after his crucifixion. Like the many […]

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Work and Dignity

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

While most Americans think of the first Monday in September as the last day of summer vacation, Labor Day (as the name suggests) is more about work than recreation. Although officially established as a national holiday in 1894, the first Labor Day celebration actually occurred in New York City in 1882, when the Central Labor […]

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The Traveling Philosopher

Friday, August 21, 2015

Earlier this summer, Fr. Michael Dodds, O.P., one of our professors at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology (DSPT) in Berkeley, was invited to present at two conferences which attracted a number of esteemed scholars. He shares his experience below: The first conference occurred at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, where I spent an enjoyable […]

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Go Forth In the Face of Adversity

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

In December of 1216, Pope Honorius III approved Dominic de Guzman’s plan for an order of contemplative preachers. Tradition holds that shortly thereafter, Dominic had a vision while praying in the old St. Peter’s Basilica. Saints Peter and Paul appeared to him, handing him a staff and a book. “Go and preach,” they said, “because […]

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May is Mary’s Month

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Bring flowers of the rarest, bring blossoms the fairest… The month of May is full of devotions in honor of the Virgin Mary. In Catholic schools around the country, children sing “Queen of the May” while processing with flowers. On May 13th communities celebrate Our Lady of Fatima, commemorating the appearance of the Blessed Mother to three children […]

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4 Tips for a Better Lent

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Life as a Dominican is rooted in four areas, what we typically call the four pillars: prayer, study, common life, and ministry. Based on these pillars, we’ve developed four tips to help you have a better Lent. They all require a little bit of time, but with a little bit of effort they are all […]

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