Leaving Home

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Introduction: In July 2019, the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) held a General Chapter in Vietnam. A very democratic process, a General Chapter is comprised of friar delegates from around the world. Here, they make important leadership and legislative decisions for the worldwide Order of Preachers. The following is a personal reflection from Fr. Peter Do, […]

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Doctrine for the Thirsty Soul

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Theology can seem far removed from our spiritual life—a cold, dry, clinical exercise—like studying botany textbooks compared to gardening. Theologians appear to have little in common with the Psalmist crying, “My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and behold the face of God?” (Ps. 42: 2). Many faithful Catholics […]

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Ad Ministerium

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

The diaconate is one of the most ancient offices of the Church, dating all the way back to the time of the Apostles. The Church has always recognized the seven men elected by the Apostles in Jerusalem to be the first group of deacons (Acts 6:1–6). Although interestingly, they are not explicitly referred to as […]

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By the Grace of God

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

One of the biggest difficulties about wearing a white habit is that it is absolutely impossible to keep spotless. In a way, being a sinful, concupiscent human person is much the same: it is impossible to avoid the stain of sin. But, if Jesus calls us to “be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect” […]

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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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