Be A Preacher of Mercy

Friday, January 1, 2016

“We are called to show mercy because mercy has first been shown to us,” Pope Francis proclaims in Misericordiae Vultus. As we continue our celebration of this Extraordinary Year of Mercy, and the 800th Jubilee of the Order of Preachers, we offer seven, simple suggestions anyone can follow to be a preacher of mercy, many […]

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The Real Saint Nicholas

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Nicholas was born in the village of Patara, on the southern coast of present-day Turkey, towards the end of the third century. When he was a young man, his wealthy parents died in an epidemic, leaving him with a considerable inheritance which he used to care for those in need. One story tells of how he […]

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New Habits

Thursday, November 12, 2015

On September 3, my five brothers and I were welcomed into a year of discernment with the Order of Preachers as we received the Dominican habit and officially began our novitiate. After a few months, I am now able to reflect on my early time with the Order, using the four pillars of Dominican life. Prayer […]

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800th Jubilee Video

Friday, November 6, 2015

From November 7, 2015 to January 21, 2017, Dominicans worldwide will celebrate the 800th Jubilee (anniversary) of the approval of the Order of Preachers by Pope Honorius III in 1216. Watch the video below to learn more about the Jubilee, what inspired Saint Dominic to preach and many other interesting facts.

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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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