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This month Fr. Gregory Tatum, O.P., celebrates 25 years of priestly service. Check out more photos from his anniversary Mass here.
This past weekend Most Holy Rosary Church in Antioch (California) hosted their 124th annual Harvest Faire. Originally named the Fall Festival, this event draws hundreds of people from around the neighborhood onto the parish lawn and parking lot for food, music, games, and fun. The first faire was held on October 25, 1890, when the community was trying to raise funds in order to purchase property on which they could build an elementary school. Today the event serves as a fundraiser for the school and all the ministries offered by the community.
Although a diocesan parish, Holy Rosary has been served by the Dominicans since its establishment, shortly after Fr. Vincent Vinyes, O.P., celebrated the first Mass in Antioch in 1864. For the last eight years, the novices and brothers have attended, in order to meet the parishioners and see where they might one day serve.
For more information, be sure to check out http://events.stdombenicia.org/
--By Fr. Stephen Maria Lopez, O.P.
From July 31 to August 3, over 400 people gathered at St. Martin’s University in Lacey, Washington, for Ignite Your Torch Northwest. With over forty teens, Holy Rosary Church, our Dominican parish in Portland, sent the largest group of participants.
The aim of this Catholic youth conference is to ignite the faith of high school students so that they wholeheartedly devote their lives to Christ. Ignite Your Torch is centered on the Eucharist, devoted to the Blessed Mother, and catechetical in nature. It seeks to build up the culture of life, foster vocations, and provide fellowship among our Catholic youth. In addition to hearing engaging and relevant presentations, participants experience beautiful liturgies and prayerful devotions that are part of our rich Catholic heritage.
Priests, religious, and seminarians play a central role in Ignite Your Torch by speaking at the general sessions and workshops, leading small groups, and interacting with the teens through meals, recreation, and casual conversations. This year, the Order of Preachers had a strong presence with three Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia (Nashville) and four Dominican friars of the (Western) Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus: Fr. Stephen Maria Lopez, O.P.; Fr. Peter Junipero Hannah, O.P.; Br. Michael James Rivera, O.P.; and Br. Dennis Klein, O.P.
Started in Kentucky, Ignite Your Torch is a project of Catholics United for Life. Now in its second year in the Pacific Northwest, Ignite hopes to make its way to Northern California in the near future.
Photos courtesy of Ignite Your Torch Northwest and Br. Michael James Rivera, O.P.
The friars of the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus congratulate our newly vested novices who received the Dominican habit during Compline on Thursday, August 28th (the feast of St. Augustine). For more photos, check out our Facebook album by clicking here.
Back row, left to right: Br. David Chiavetta, Br. Richard Berquist, Fr. Mark Padrez, O.P. (Provincial), Br. John Bausch, Br. Joseph Selinger.
Front row, left to right: Fr. Anthony Rosevear, O.P. (Novice Master), Br. Martin Nguyen, Br. Damien Lach, Br. Matthew Heynen, Br. Joshua Gatus, Fr. Steve Maekawa, O.P. (Promoter of Vocations)
Three Sisters as seen from St. Benedict Lodge, McKenzie Bridge, Oregon