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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 At the main office of the Dominican Sisters of Peace in Columbus, newly elected leaders are committed to living up to their name — in all things. So much so that Sister Anne Lythgoe stopped herself this week when she referred to “two birds with one stone.” “Piece of bread,” she quickly corrected. “You can’t say stone around here. You know, Dominican Sisters of Peace. “So we don’t use bullet points, we use buttons. Isn’t it fun?” Lythgoe is one of two new leadership-team members who took office this month and will serve a six-year term. The other is Sister Pat Twohill, the congregation’s new prioress, who oversees 528 sisters in 25 states and three other countries. Re-elected were Sisters Therese Leckert, Gemma Doll and Gene Poore. It’s the first leadership change for the Dominican Sisters of Peace, established in 2009 by the merger of seven formerly independent Dominican congregations. An eighth congregation came into the fold in 2012. Over the first six years, “we have become one,” Twohill said. “Finding unity in diversity has been really the foundational work of the last leadership team,” she said. “We’ve come together, and we’re still growing in that identity. We’re benefiting from expanding our horizons by incorporating eight different cultures.” As they look to the next six years, leaders hope to take what is now a well-oiled operation and deepen the congregation’s identity and advance its mission by strengthening its outreach, Twohill said. Among stated goals: to study, contemplate and preach God’s love; to promote nonviolence, unity in diversity and reconciliation; to perform outreach to the marginalized; to create welcoming communities by inviting others to partner with the congregation; and to advocate policies that reduce the impact of global climate change. “We want to always be asking ourselves, ‘How can we be clearer images of Christ’s peace and bring that peace to others?’” Twohill said. Since its founding, the Dominican Sisters of Peace had been overseen by Sister Margaret Ormond, the congregation’s first prioress. She is now the first president of Dominican Academy, a high school for girls in Manhattan in New York City. Ormond said her goal is to increase diversity by continuing to “provide opportunities to those who otherwise wouldn’t have them because of economic or ethnic constraints.” Ormond received a concrete sign that unity had been achieved under her leadership of the sisters when delegates meeting to elect the new leaders no longer identified themselves with their premerger congregations. “They said, ‘I am a Dominican Sister of Peace.’ That kind of solidification of our identity was a great joy for me,” Ormond said. “I think the cultural cohesiveness was a great gift of the Holy Spirit and a great gift of the leadership and also of all the sisters who jumped into this new congregation.” Dominican congregations seek to preach the Gospel to everyone and carry the credential O.P. after their names, representing the “order of preachers” founded by St. Dominic in the early 13th century. The Dominican Sisters of Peace have motherhouses in Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Kansas and Louisiana. Sisters have founded colleges, primary and secondary schools, adult literacy centers, health-care and housing facilities, ecology centers, and retreat or spiritual-outreach operations in 10 states: Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Connecticut, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, Tennessee and Virginia. Sisters also serve in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, West Virginia and Wisconsin. They work in parishes in 37 U.S. Roman Catholic dioceses and have missions in Honduras, Nicaragua and Peru. But they don’t do it alone. They have many lay employees as well as volunteers and 600 Christian “associates,” generally laypeople, who support their ministries. They also collaborate with other religious and community organizations. Twohill had joined the convent after graduating from college, first working as a teacher at Holy Spirit Catholic School in Whitehall. After taking her final vows as a sister, she earned her master’s degree in systematic theology and began working to help welcome women interested in becoming sisters. Most recently, she had been serving in her native New Haven, Conn., establishing a multicultural, multigenerational, multilingual “House of Welcome” at an unused convent attached to St. Stanislaus Parish. With 80 being the median age of the congregation’s sisters, Twohill said it is unlikely that incoming women will keep...

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  • On Aug. 30, the Catholic Church celebrates Saint Jeanne Jugan, also known as Sister Mary of the Cross. During the 19th century, she founded the Little Sisters of the Poor with the goal of imitating Christ's humility through service to elderly people in need. In his homily for her canonization in October 2009, Pope Benedict XVI praised St. Jeanne as “a beacon to guide our societiesâ€� toward a renewed love for those in old age. The Pope recalled how she “lived the mystery of loveâ€� in a way that remains “ever timely while so many elderly people are suffering from numerous forms of poverty and solitude and are sometimes also abandoned by their families.â€� Born on Oct. 25, 1792 in a port city of the French region of Brittany, Jeanne Jugan grew up during the political and religious upheavals of the French Revolution. Four years after she was born, her father was lost at sea. Her mother struggled to provide for Jeanne and her three siblings, while also providing them secretly with religious instruction amid the anti-Catholic persecutions of the day. Jeanne worked as a shepherdess, and later as a domestic servant. At age 18, and again six years later, she declined two marriage proposals from the same man. She told her mother that God had other plans, and was calling her to “a work which is not yet founded.â€� At age 25, the young woman joined the Third Order of St. John Eudes, a religious association for laypersons founded during the 17th century. Jeanne worked as a nurse in the town of Saint-Servan for six years, but had to leave her position due to health troubles. Afterward she worked for 12 years as the servant of a fellow member of the third order, until the woman's death in 1835. During 1839, a year of economic hardship in Saint-Servan, Jeanne was sharing an apartment with an older woman and an orphaned young lady. It was during the winter of this year that Jeanne encountered Anne Chauvin, an elderly woman who was blind, partially paralyzed, and had no one to care for her. Jeanne carried Anne home to her apartment and took her in from that day forward, letting the woman have her bed while Jeanne slept in the attic. She soon took in two more old women in need of help, and by 1841 she had rented a room to provide housing for a dozen elderly people. The following year, she acquired an unused convent building that could house 40 of them. During the 1840s, many other young women joined Jeanne in her mission of service to the elderly poor. By begging in the streets, the foundress was able to establish four more homes for their beneficiaries by the end of the decade. By 1850, over 100 women had joined the congregation that had become known as the Little Sisters of the Poor. However, Jeanne Jugan – known in religious life as Sister Mary of the Cross – had been forced out of her leadership role by...