Month: November 2018

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Fr. Paul Duffner’s Funeral

Please pray for the repose of the soul of our beloved Fr. Paul Aquinas Duffner, O.P., who died on Thursday, November 29, 2018. The funeral arrangements are as follows: Monday, December 3 7:00pm – Vigil Service at Holy Rosary Church in Portland, OR Tuesday, December 4 12:00pm – Mass at…


Dominican Study

Assiduous study ranks as one of the most salient features of the Order of Preachers. When one thinks of the Dominican friar, thoughts of great luminaries such as St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Albert the Great are surely not far behind. Those learned in the history of philosophy and theology…


The Presentation of Mary

On Wednesday, the 21st of November, we celebrate the Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Ancient traditions in the church, as attested in such works as the Protoevangelium of James, hold that when the Blessed Virgin was only 3 years old, she was offered by her parents…


St. Albert: A Model for Scientist-Theologians

On November 15th, we celebrate the Feast of a Dominican saint who deserves to be better known in modern times: St. Albert of Cologne (d. 1280), also known as St. Albert the Great. Today, St. Albert is most known as the teacher of St. Thomas Aquinas, whose theology and philosophy…


Dominican All Souls Day

Our society likes to forget about death. A common motivation for doing so is to avoid the pain of having to deal with the limitedness of our own existence. Nevertheless, just as a student who has a paper due will have to face the deadline no matter how hard he…


Truth, Technology and Transformation

Nearly twenty years ago, when he was a layman, several Dominican friars from all over the world invited Fr. Corwin Low, OP, to a small convocation at the house of studies of the Toulouse province in France. Before he entered the Dominican Order, Fr. Corwin studied electrical engineering and computer…