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“Courage,” the disciples say, “He is calling you!”  This joyous message first given to the blind Batimaeus greatly encourages us friars, who ourselves have heard it as we now preach to others.  The Lord’s voice is clear and resounds in every human person; he cannot be ignored!

We friars pray your time is well spent reading over what we show you here. May it lead you to consider speaking with one of us soon about your future, on which God’s will has already been stamped.  Choose freely what God has chosen for you!

The great courage to be shown as you discern your vocation will be called on every day, but it will be your highest honour and most abundant joy, and so, your salvation for the eternal life.

Fr Paul Rowse, OP

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    'Come and See' Days are a great opportunity to get a feel for what the Dominicans are about, how we live our lives, how we pray, and why each of us joined the Order of Preachers. It is a great opportunity to get a deeper understanding of religious life in general and in particular our way of living it through the charism of our founder, St Dominic. Our next 'Come and See' Day is in Sydney, NSW: 

    In this Year of Consecrated Life, the Dominican Friars in Sydney will team up with the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia for a Dominican Sydney Day on August 1st at the University of Notre Dame, Sydney. The theme of the day is 'Dominican Saints and Sinner' looking at the great figures which have shaped Dominican life over the last 800 years. For more information or to register, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..




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    Fr. Thomas Azzi is a priest of the Dominican Order. A graduate of the University of Sydney having studied commerce and law, Fr. Thomas joined the Dominican Order in 2007. His formation has seen him assigned to Brisbane, Hong Kong, Adelaide, Melbourne and now Sydney where he was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Anthony Fisher in June, 2014. Fr. Thomas is chaplain to the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) as well as Sancta Sophia College, a residential College of the University of Sydney. He is also the Provincial Promoter of Vocations for the Dominicans.

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  • Language English The Vice-Province of St. Augustine in West Africa (Senegal, Ivory Coast, Benin Republic, and Burkina Faso) celebrated its Elective Chapter from July 12 to 18, 2015 at St. Dominic priory, Abidjan, Ivory Coast. It was chaired by brother Benjamin Sombel SARR, prior of the priory, whom the thirteen capitulars, on the 15th of July 2015, elected as the new Vice-Prior Provincial for a four year term. Brother Benjamin Sombel SARR accepted his office after the confirmation of his election and succeeds Brother Roger Houngbedji who served for two terms (eight years) at the head of this entity  In addition to the thirteen capitulars, five guests took part in the Vice-Provincial chapter: Jean Pierre ABOA from the Dominican Laity of Abidjan, Sr Julienne NIKIEMA, from the Congregation of the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation who came from Korhogo, Ivory Coast, and Sister Marie Madeleine MBONIMPA, superior of the Dominican nuns’ monastery of the Annunciation who came from Soclogbo, Dassa, Benin Republic.  The Capitular assembly elected as Diffinitors: brothers Clement AHOUANDJINOU, Augustine MISSODEY, George ALAHOU and Paul Dago N'DJEMEHISSA. Two brothers were elected as deputies (councillors): Pierre Paul MISSEHOUNGBE and Joachim SOME. The Diffinitory work began on July 21 at St. Dominic priory, Abidjan.  Born on August 8, 1967 (feast of our Holy Father Dominic!) in Fatick, Senegal, Brother Benjamin Sombel SARR made his profession in the Order of Preachers on the 15th of October 1996. He was ordained to the priesthood on the 11th of August 2001. He has a doctorate in dogmatic theology (2006) and in philosophy (2015).  The former Socius of the outgoing Vice-Prior Provincial, Brother Benjamin is lecturer and secretary general of the Catholic University of West Africa, Abidjan Campus, Ivory Coast.  It should be noted that the chapter of the Vice-Province of St. Augustine in West Africa was preceded by a Vice-Provincial Assembly on 10 and 11 July, still at St Dominic priory in Abidjan. It was moderated by Brother Emmanuel Ntakarutimana, from the Provincial Vicariate of Rwanda and Burundi, former Socius of the Master of the Order for Africa and Coordinator of Inter-Africa (IAOP). Thirty-three brothers from the five communities of the Vice-Province (Abidjan, Yamoussoukro, Dakar, Cotonou and Ouagadougou) took part in this assembly which had as its general theme: "Common Life". The facilitator had reformulated the theme thus: "Engagement in common life for a new impetus to the mission". To address this issue as it was reformulated Brother Emmanuel proposed to the brothers four discussions in two days, morning and afternoon each day. These four talks each had a theme related to the general theme: 1) The quality of our life at the heart of the organization of the Dominican mission. 2) Common life & the foundation of our Dominican life. 3) Mobilization and management of the common good. 4) The celebration of the Jubilee as an occasion of new life for the mission in Francophone West Africa  Thank you to Brother Clement Ahouandjinou for his valuable collaboration. A fruitful mission to all the team, and may God bless the Vice Province of St. Augustine in West Africa.                                                fr Gabriel Samba, OP.   (29 July 2015) Article date: Wednesday, July 29, 2015Date overload: Wednesday, July 29, 2015Category Home: Life of the OrderCategory Location: AfricaCategory Tag Topics: News from AfricaCommon lifeRising newsletter: Rising newsletter

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  • "Jesus loved Martha, and her sister Mary, and Lazarus" (John 11:5).Saint Martha is mentioned in three Gospel passages: Luke 10:38-42, John 11:1-53, and John 12:1-9, and the type of friendship between her and her siblings, Mary and Lazarus, with the Lord Jesus is evident in these passages.In the gospel of Luke, Martha receives Jesus into her home and worries herself with serving Him, a worry that her sister Mary, who sat beside the Lord's feet "listening to Him speak," doesn't share. Her complaint that her sister is not helping her serve draws a reply from the Lord who says to her, "Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her."The overanxiousness she displays in serving is put into the right context by Jesus who emphasizes the importance of contemplating Him before all things.Yet she is seen next in John, outside the tomb of her brother Lazarus who had died four days earlier, as the one who receives the Revelation from the Lord that "I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die."When asked by the Lord if she believed this she said to Him, "Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world," displaying her great faith which is confirmed by Jesus' subsequent raising of her brother Lazarus from the grave.In the third and last instance, we see Martha, again in John, at a house in Bethany where Jesus was reclining at table with her brother Lazarus after he had raised him from the dead. During dinner, John's Gospel tells us, "Martha served." She is revealed here performing the same task as when we first saw her, but now her service is infused with her faith, and the brevity of the description suggests the silence and peace in which she serves as opposed to the nervous anxiety she displayed earlier.  Martha, whom we have seen serving, in Luke, and then believing, earlier in John, is now seen expressing her belief in the action of serving the Lord. "Martha served," and in doing so teaches us the way of Christian life.Saint Martha is the patron of housewives, servants, waiters and cooks.