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800 Years of the Dominicans

St Dominic StatueDo you know the Dominicans (the Order of Preachers)? Have you heard great preaching and fervant prayer? Do you know them in CT, or where you live?

Here is a brief interview by Kathryn Jean Lopez of National Review Online.

There’s a lot to say when you group hits 800 years!

Dominicans at 800

OP800Today, the Order of Preachers begin their 800 anniversary of papal approval. Today, also is the All Saints observance of the Order, so, a very good way to begin a year of celebration and reflection on the charism.

Here is Master of the Order, fr Bruno Cadoré giving his greetings for the jubilee year…

The Dominican family –the friars, the cloistered nuns, the active sisters and the laity– are a great gift to the Church universal. I have been privileged to count among friends members of the Order. I recommend that you spend time getting to know the charism that was given to Saint Dominic and his companion.


Indulgence for 800 years of the Dominicans

OP JubileeResponding to God’s generosity is what the Roman Pontiff is calling not only the Order of Preachers –indeed, the entire Dominican family, all those who follow in some way the charism of Saint Dominic, by giving an special of the Indulgence. Pope Francis has granted the privilege of an indulgence for the Order of Preachers who began their year-long 800th Jubilee today.

The Plenary Indulgence is given by the Pope through the Apostolic Penitentiary. This indulgence is given under the usual conditions: sacramental confession, Eucharistic Communion, and prayer for the Supreme Pontiff. But the spiritual program is more plentiful that can be read in the document posted herein. You will note that His Holiness invites the priests of the Order to be available to celebrate the Sacrament of Penance in “all Jubilee places and frequently administer the Holy Communion to the infirm.”

This indulgence document is seen here (to make more readable double click on the image)

The NEW Blackfriars Films … Come, my Way, my Truth, my Life

Blackfriars filmsThe New York Province of Dominicans have brought together several media initiatives and created for themselves a new media division under the sponsorship of the Province of Saint Joseph with the debut of Blackfriar Films. They are off and running…

Here we have a treat with Father Austin Dominic Litke, OP, Father Robert Koopman, OSB and Leah Sedlacek performing a new arrangement of the beautiful 17th century hymn, “Come, My Way, My Truth, My Life.” The beautiful scenery of New York City is the God-given canvas for preaching Gospel and sharing the Christian faith with the world.

Father Austin is a campus minister at NYC and Father Robert is a monk of Saint John’s Abbey (MN) where he’s a music educator and artist.

In case you want to meditate on the beautiful words Father Austin is singing, here they are:

Come, my Way, my Truth, my Life:
such a way as gives us breath,
such a truth as ends all strife,
such a life as killeth death.

Come, my Light, my Feast, my Strength:
such a light as shows a feast,
such a feast as mends in length,
such a strength as makes his guest.

Come, my Joy, my Love, my Heart:
such a joy as none can move,
such a love as none can part,
such a heart as joys in love.

Third Order Dominicans, New Haven, celebrate rites of reception and profession

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Pope Benedict XV (1914-1922), himself a Third Order Dominican, said,
“Among the means of holiness most useful and opportune for the defense of and progress of Christian faith and morals in our day, we recognize the Dominican Third Order as one of the most eminent, easy, and secure.”
This afternoon New Haven’s Lay Fraternity of Saint Dominic (the Dominican Third Order Laity) celebrated the rites of reception for two new members, simple profession of five and the final profession of two in the context of Sunday Mass. The president of the chapter Linda Kelly and the religious assistant, Father Jordan Schmidt, OP, (who stands in the place of the Master of the Order) received the promises. The rites were held at Saint Mary’s Church in New Haven, CT.
The promises made a more intense living of one’s baptismal vows but now the person promises actually live in a fuller way as the Apostles did in relationship to the Divine Master. Though we rarely think of the graces of Baptism with any regularity, here the profession of promises by the laity accentuate the reality of grace first received when we were first washed of Original Sin and made members of the Mystical Body of Christ. 

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One of the exhortations made by the priest singled out the the manner of life out to be seen as being salt of the earth and light of the world for the purpose of honoring God and the salvation of souls. Hence, what is at the center of the promises are the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Those making the promises are asked if they are “resolved to be more closely bound to Christ and the service of the Church,” “to walk in the newness of life” adhering to what Saint Dominic proposed in terms of announcing the Good News and following the Lord,” and that according to their particular state in life as laity, they have a share in the Church’s “apostolic mission by prayer, study and preaching.” Therefore, they have a new bond with the Order of Preachers.
Blessings to Fraternity of Saint Dominic of New Haven, especially to our friends Tacy and Steve. May what God has given us be brought to completion.
Saint Dominic, pray for us.
Saint Catherine of Siena, pray for us.
All saints and blessed of the Dominican Order, pray for us.

Last year’s post on these same rites.

About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement, and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]yahoo.com.
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