Cardinal Georges Cottier, OP (25 April 1922 – 31 March 2016)
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!
Today, 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.
Responding 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 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.