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Pray for Vocations
moved by the urgent need of Priests, Religious and apostles, and following Thy recommendation to pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers to work for the salvation of souls, we implore Thee, through the intercession of Thy most Holy Mother Mary, Virgin Immaculate and Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, and also through the intercession of Dominic, the Holy Patriarch, to increase the number of friars preachers.
Obtain for Thy Order faithful followers of its religious traditions; numerous apostles after the heart of their Blessed Father Dominic, holy and zealous for the salvation of souls.
Another Prayer for Dominican Vocations
Lord Jesus, as you once called Saint Dominic to preach the Gospel, so now send new preachers into your harvest. Give them courage, wisdom and grace to make them witnesses of your death, resurrection and return in glory. Through the intercession of Mary, patroness of the Order, may they bring true faith and light to brighten the darkness.
You who live forever.
Catherine of Siena Institute
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Mission West Campaign
Mission West: Campaign for Dominican Friars
A Message from our Provincial, Fr. Mark Padrez, OP
Mission West: Campaign for Dominican Friars is a capital campaign which will raise critical funds to support our mission of evangelization and preaching the gospel. We begin by forming and educating our novices and student brothers to become excellent priests and brothers. We must also care for our aging friars in their retirement. This is why our effort is subtitled Campaign for Dominican Friars.
An actuarial study estimates that the number of elderly and infirm Dominicans requiring special care will triple in the next decade. Further, the Province finds that it does not have the facilities for this coming need. In order to grow its retirement fund and provide suitable care for our retired friars, the Mission West Campaign hopes to raise critical.
A major portion of the budget for the Western Dominican Province is expended on education. We support our House of Formation at St. Albert Priory so that there may be future priests and brothers to serve the Church. The Province has covered the tuition for our students at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology (DSPT) in Berkeley for seven years. The entire cost of the Novitiate in San Francisco is also paid by the Province. Even after finishing their education at the DSPT, students may continue their studies for higher degrees, a cost we cover as well.
Key to the work of the Dominican friars in the western United States and beyond is the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology. Although 2012 marks the 80th anniversary of the school, we have only been in our current facility since 2006. It is a beautiful campus which became available for purchase at the same time our school was displaced. It now provides a superb setting for instruction in philosophy and theology to both lay and clerical students, as they prepare for future leadership roles in the Church.
Mission West: Campaign for Dominican Friars is the most ambitious and necessary capital campaign the Western Dominican Province has ever undertaken. The Province cannot care for its elderly and infirm nor educate future priests and brothers without new, financial means. The Province and its ministries cannot expand their work nor secure new loans without eliminating this building debt. Your participation in the Mission West Campaign will ensure that the Western Dominican Province is debt-free, ready to train both clerical and lay church leaders, and able to provide appropriate care for our Dominican friars in their retirement.
Please join us by generously supporting Mission West: Campaign for Dominican Friars.
Thank you and God Bless.
“When you choose to support Mission West: Campaign for Dominican Friars, you may designate your gift according to your wishes and the following needs:
- Friars Retirement – Health and nursing care.
- Initial and Ongoing Formation – Student formation at St. Albert’s, tuition, sabbatical programs, etc.
- Debt Relief – Relieving facilities and buildings debt.
- DSPT – The Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology.
- Wherever there is most need.