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On August 31, five men received the Dominican habit and began their first year as novices in the Order of Preachers: Br. Elias Guadalupe Ford, Br. Antony Augustine Cherian, Br. Nathaniel Maria Mayne, Br. John Peter Anderson, Br. Matthew Wanner
Chatting with Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P., before dinner
Br. David Chiavetta, O.P., and Fr. David Farrugia, O.P.
The habits are folded and ready
Asking to be received into the Order of Preachers
Fr. Mark Padrez, O.P., draws a connection between the baptismal garment and the habit
The community prays as the new novices prostrate on the ground
Prostration in the form of the cross
Being vested with the tunic, belt and rosary
The hood is kept up until the brother receives his name
Awaiting the cappa
Sharing the sign of peace
Procession singing the “Salve Regina” and “O Lumen”
Signing the registry
Br. Elias Guadalupe Ford, Br. John Peter Anderson, Br. Antony Augustine Cherian, Br. Matthew Wanner, Br. Nathaniel Maria Mayne (left to right)