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And To Dust You Shall Return

For you are dust, and to dust you shall return (Gen 3:19).Most everyone agrees with this sentence irrespective of their views or religious beliefs.…

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Pilgrimage: Walking with God

Christians throughout the ages have undertaken strenuous journeys to shrines far and near. Early pilgrimages focused on the Holy Land, on the…

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The Chair of St. Peter

As we draw near to the feast of The Chair of St. Peter it is worth reflecting on what papal infallibility is and is not. People often think this…

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Preaching Like St. Paul

Recently, in one of my Scripture classes, we addressed the similarities and differences between St. Paul and the Greek philosophers. The philosophers…

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What is Morality About?

When I say the word morality, what do you think of? Your first thought may be of rules, duties, and obligations - dos and don'ts of what is acceptable…

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St. Thomas and Obedience to the Truth

Dominicans are not especially zealous in promoting the veneration of our saints, a tendency that goes all the way back to our beginnings and…

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Br. Frederick Narberes, O.P. Funeral

Please pray for the repose of the soul of our beloved Br. Frederick William Narberes, O.P., who died on Wednesday, January 16, 2019.The funeral…

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Br. Frederick Narberes, O.P.

William Narberes, 81, a Dominican Friar of the Western Dominican Province, died on January 16, 2019. He was born April 30, 1937 in Martinez,…

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What is Celibacy?

Every single person is called to love. If we do not experience love, life remains incomprehensible to us. But if we do experience love, then…

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Does Jesus exaggerate when he says: “… apart from me you can do nothing”?

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”…

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New Provincial Elected!

The Dominican Friars of the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus joyfully announce the election of Fr. Christopher Paul Fadok, O.P., as Prior…

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The Fifth Joyful Mystery: The Finding in the Temple

That the twelve-year-old Jesus clearly knew the Law and the Prophets is evident in the fact that the learned men even bothered listening to the…

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The Fourth Joyful Mystery: The Presentation

It seems an unusual requirement that Mary and Joseph should consecrate God’s own Son back to Himself. And yet, in obedience to the Law of Moses,…

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How Does a Dominican Chapter Work?

Since the earliest days of St. Dominic, the Order of Preachers has been a fiercely democratic institution, embodying the principles of collegiality,…

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The Third Joyful Mystery: The Nativity

“Who has performed and done this,calling the generations from the beginning?I, the Lord, the first,and with the last; I am He.” (Isaiah 41:4)Secrets…

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The Second Joyful Mystery: The Visitation

As we continue through the season of Advent, almost everyone anticipates the joy of opening presents on Christmas morning. For most people, it…

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St. Jude Shrine Christmas Novena

“We are a ‘touchy’ people, Father… we like to touch.”Dear friends of St. Jude,I was invited for this past St. Jude feast by the devotees of St.…

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The First Joyful Mystery: The Annunciation

In my senior year of high school, I took over leading an optional lunchtime Rosary on Fridays in the school chapel. The usual attendees included…

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Fr. Aquinas Costello, O.P.

Born Richard Costello in Lincoln, NE on September 1, 1926, Fr. Aquinas Richard Costello passed away quietly at Nazareth House on December 1st…

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Fr. Aquinas Costello's Funeral

Please pray for the repose of the soul of our beloved Fr. Aquinas Costello, O.P., who died on Friday, November 30, 2018.The funeral arrangements…

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A Century of Life & Service: Fr. Paul Aquinas Duffner, O.P.

Fr. Paul Aquinas Duffner was the eldest member of the Western Dominicans. He is also one of the few to have served at the northern and southern…

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The Impact of the Lima Center

Last month on November 3, the Church celebrated the feast of Saint Martin de Porres, a Dominican brother who cared for the poor and the sick…

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Advent: a Season of Watchful Preparation

In this moment between Thanksgiving and Christmas, while the carols are already playing, our liturgical calendar goes through its transition:…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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),…

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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…

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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…

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Wanting Heaven

Whether it is in a silly commercial or a John Lennon song, I keep coming across this notion of forgetting Heaven, or of focusing on building…

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Christian Joy

This past fall, I have often found myself demoralized. There is a seemingly continuous stream of distressing news describing troubles outside,…

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To Be Super

The superhero story is a great success and fascination of our time. It holds captive not only children and teenagers, but adults as well. These…

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A Perennial Call

I thank God for the many blessings of living with the Dominican community here in Bologna as I study Italian. I appreciate the robust community…

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Where is the Kingdom?

Every Sunday we celebrate Christ’s victory over evil and sin. We might ask ourselves: what does the victory of Christ mean? What happened after…

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The Battle of Lepanto and the Holy Rosary

Christian sailors joined Pope Pius V (a Dominican) in praying the Most Holy Rosary, and defeated a much larger Turkish force at the Battle of…

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To Learn and Serve

Residency year is typically the 4th year of formation for student brothers of the Western Dominican Province. During this…

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Set Apart to Serve

On August 8, the Solemnity of Saint Dominic, I received the sacrament of Holy Orders by being ordained a deacon alongside my classmate, Br. Cody…

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With our arms extended

On September 1st, four of my Dominican brothers and I made our first profession of poverty, chastity, and obedience. When I returned to my seat…

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St. Thomas Meets Richard Dawkins - Aquinas on God, Faith and Religion

Please join us for a look at what St. Thomas Aquinas would say to atheist Richard Dawkins today. This presentation is designed to appeal to a…

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Profession & the Promise of Obedience

On September 1, 2018 five brothers professed their first vows in the Order of Preachers.Please pray for our newly professed Dominicans, Br. Elias…

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Developing Dominican Leaders

When Saint Paul writes to Timothy to advise him on the important qualities to look for in prospective bishops, he begins by listing a number…

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2018-19 Novitiate Class

We are pleased to announce that ten young men will enter the Western Dominican Novitiate next month at St. Dominic Priory in San Francisco, California.…

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Commit to Forever

On June 22, four Dominican friars of the Western Province were ordained priests of Jesus Christ by Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco, Robert…

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First Vows 2018

The Dominican Friars of theProvince of the Most Holy Name of Jesuscordially invite you to the First Profession of their BrothersElias Guadalupe…

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Bishop Comes Home

It’s been over 100 years since a Dominican has served as a bishop in California. But that all changed on June 5, 2018, when the Most Rev. Robert…

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Fr. Thomas Paul Chrysostom Raftery's Funeral

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Fr. Thomas Paul Chrysostom Raftery, O.P., who died on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.The funeral arrangements…

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Ordination Mass 2018

Priestly OrdinationThe Dominican Friars of the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesuscordially invite you to the Ordination of their BrothersChristopher…

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Easter Joy and the Resurrected Body

Saint Thomas would later be identified with his moment of doubt, but now it is not doubt that captures his mind. Jesus stands before him in the…

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Western Dominican Named Auxiliary Bishop

The Holy Father has appointed Fr. Robert Francis Christian, O.P., as auxiliary bishop of San Francisco. Fr. Robert is the first Dominican from…

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Solemn Vows 2018

The Dominican Friarsof the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesuscordially invite you to the Solemn Profession of their BrotherGregory Augustine…

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Discovering a Desert in Bloom

The height of winter usually finds the novices of the Western Dominican Province roaming the deserts of the Southwest. This journey takes us…

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Live Lent Like a Dominican

Over the last 800 years, the Order of Preachers has celebrated the holiness of 103 Saints and 374 Blesseds in the Dominican family. Their witness…

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Novices' Southern Tour

Every year the novices visit our communities throughout the Province, on a southern tour in the spring, and a northern tour during the summer.…

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Novena in Honor of Our Lady of Lourdes

Fr. Allan White, O.P., of the Province of England, will be the preacher at this year's Novena in Honor of our Lady of Lourdes, celebrated from…

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Devotion to the Holy Name

As we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus, the titular feast of the Western Dominican Province, Fr. Augustine Hilander, O.P., our promoter…

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Ring In the New Year with the Novices

On Sunday, December 31 at 10:30pm, the novice brothers at Saint Dominic’s Church in San Francisco will lead a prayer service to end 2017. In…

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Double Take: Two Masses in Two Days

This year, since Christmas falls on a Monday, many people are asking, "If I only go to a Christmas Vigil Mass on Sunday, December 24, have I…

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"Dominican Brothers" Book - Advancing the Mission

After a year of intense research, Fr. Augustine Thompson, O.P., has released his latest book, Dominican Brothers: Conversi, Lay, and Cooperator…

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Fr. Patrick LaBelle's Funeral

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Fr. Patrick LaBelle, O.P., who died on Monday, December 11, 2017.The funeral arrangements are as follows:Thursday,…

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Immaculate Mary: Facing the Dreaded Foe

In 1854, Pope Pius IX declared the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary as a dogma of the Catholic faith.* In the…

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"Certitude of Truth" Now Available

In Certitude of Truth, Fr. Brian Mullady, O.P., reflects on the many works of Pope Benedict XVI, examining various aspects of the Church and…

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Prepare the Way of the Lord

As we finish the month of November, many people are already singing carols and setting up their Christmas trees. But before we celebrate Jesus'…

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Advent and Apocalypse

With the end of the liturgical year fast approaching, Fr. James Disney Thompson, O.P., offers his keen insights as to how we should receive the…

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Fr. Joseph Asturias, O.P.

Joseph Louis Asturias was born in Guatemala City in 1908 to Manuel Asturias and Rosa Coblentz Braun, the owners of large coffee plantations in…

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Holy Rosary Philosophy Conference 2017

Holy Rosary Church in Portland, Oregon will host the parish's first philosophy conference entitled "The Nature, Role and Scope of the Conscience"…

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Novice Class of 2017-2018

At the end of August, five men received the habit of the Order of Preachers and began their first year of formation as novices. Blessed with…

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Brothers in the Lord

"Within that region where the sweet west wind comes blowing...lies Caleruega, fortune-favored town...There the staunch love of the Christian…

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"Ecce Homo" Art Exhibit Opening

Blackfriars Gallery at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology will open its latest exhibit on October 15 at 2pm with a light reception."Ecce…

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St. Juan Macias, O.P.

Born on March 2, 1585 in Spain, St. Juan Macias is one of the lesser known saints of the Order of Preachers. Like his friend St. Martin de Porres,…

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Fr. Gerald Albert Buckley's Funeral

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Fr. Gerald Albert Buckley, O.P., who died on Tuesday, August 15, 2017.The funeral arrangements are…

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First Vows 2017

The Dominican Friars of theProvince of the Most Holy Name of Jesuscordially invite you to the First Profession of their BrothersJohn WinkowitschPaschal…

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Fr. Francisco Vicente's Funeral

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Fr. Francisco Vicente, O.P., who died on Saturday, June 17, 2017.The funeral arrangements are as follows:Wednesday,…

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Dominican Colloquia in Berkeley

Person, Soul and Consciousness: Philosophical and Theological PerspectivesHow do philosophical insights into the human person illumine topics…

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Priestly Fraternities of St. Dominic

Can one be a diocesan priest and a Dominican at the same time?Come and see from 3-8pm on April 25, 2017This informational meeting is open to…

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Dominican Traditions During Holy Week

Holy Week is a special time in the life of the Church, beginning with Palm Sunday and ending with Holy Saturday. During this period, we reflect…

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Ordination Mass 2017

The Dominican Friarsof the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesuscordially invite you to the Ordination of their BrothersChristopher Wetzel,…

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Solemn Vows 2017

The Dominican Friarsof the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesuscordially invite you to the Solemn Profession of their BrothersCody Hyacinth…

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Fast Friars Run the Race

Most student brothers at St. Albert’s spend their Saturdays working on homework, preparing for ministry, or catching up on chores. But for Br.…

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College of Fellows Symposium

The Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology will host its annual Convocation of the College of Fellows on January 27-28, 2017. This year's…

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We Saw A Star Rising

While the Christmas creche is often attributed to Saint Francis, credited with making the first living nativity scene in Italy, the Feast of…

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Fr. Finbarr Hayes' Funeral

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Fr. Finbarr Hayes, O.P., who died on Tuesday, December 20, 2016.The funeral arrangements are as follows:Tuesday,…

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Pilgrimage to Portugal

Due to an insufficient number of registrations, we are sorry to report that the Rosary Center and Western Dominican Province's pilgrimage to…

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Why Christmas is December 25th

The near universal celebration of Christmas on December 25 dates to the early fourth century. It is commonly said that this date was chosen to…

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Conferral of Special Degree

The Dominican Friars are pleased to announce the conferral of the Master of Sacred Theology degree upon our own Fr. Michael Dodds, O.P., at St.…

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Praying for the Dead

Want to better understand the distinction between All Saints Day and All Souls Day? Watch this videoFor years Hollywood has portrayed purgatory…

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Novice Class of 2016-2017

At the beginning of September, six young men received the habit of the Order of Preachers and began their first year of formation as novices.…

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The Power of the Rosary

The Blessed Virgin Mary plays an important role in salvation history. She gave birth to the Savior of the world, and because she was so closely…

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Br. Mark Gorski's Funeral

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Br. Mark Gorski, O.P., who died on Thursday, September 22, 2016.The funeral arrangements are as follows:Thursday,…

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Lift High The Cross

The sign of the cross has been a part of the Church’s tradition for nearly 2000 years. Constantly depicted in film and art, it has become one…

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First Vows 2016

The Dominican Friarsof the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesusand the Vicariate of St. Vincent Pham Hieu Lieminvite you to share in the Liturgy…

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The Death of Saint Dominic

Saint Dominic de Guzman died on August 6 in 1221, after arriving at the convent of San Niccolò nelle Vigne, sick with a fever. After making his…

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Fr. Michael Morris' Funeral

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Fr. Michael Morris, O.P., who died on Friday, July 15, 2016.The funeral arrangements are as follows:Thursday,…

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St. Cecilia Music Festival

Saint Cecilia is one of the most venerated martyrs in all of Christian antiquity and has been honored by Christians throughout the world for…

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3 Tips for a Virtuous Vacation

Taking a vacation during the summer holidays can be difficult. Long lines at the airport and more cars on the road are often a cause of frustration.…

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Christ is our Cornerstone

The Priory of Saint Albert the Great, the Western Dominican Province's House of Studies, has a history unlike any other. The Priory sits…

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Solemn Vows: A Commitment of Service Until Death

Priestly ordination is often seen as the climax of one's life as a Dominican friar. But actually it's the profession of solemn vows which unites…

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Musical Pilgrimage

On April 16 at 7:00pm, St. Albert's Priory continues its celebration of the 800th Anniversary of the Order of Preachers with a Musical Pilgrimage…

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Why Are the Statues Covered?

Beginning on the fifth Sunday of Lent (formerly known as Judica Sunday after the first words of the introit “Judge me, O Lord”) and throughout…

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Surprising Discoveries - The Southern Tour

Every year the novices of the Province visit each of our communities (except the one in Alaska, due to time and resources). These visits are…

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How Do Dominicans Elect Their Leaders?

As itinerant preachers, Dominicans are constantly on the go, traveling from place to place in order to proclaim the Gospel for the salvation…