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Preaching the Blessed Light


“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 Weekends

    'Come and See' Weekends 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' weekend is in Sydney, NSW: 

    In this Year of Consecrated Life, the Sydney Dominican Priory will be holding a Come and See Discernment Day for young men on April 25th. Join us as we commemorate ANZAC Day with talks on vocational discernment in general, on religious life in all its various flavours, as well as personal testimonies from a Dominican priest and brother. Accommodation is available for those wishing to fly in from interstate. For more information or to register, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



    If you are interested in spending a weekend with our communities in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, or Adelaide, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You are most welcome!


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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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Order of preachers

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  • Auteur: Costantino Mamo, OP

  • Auteur: Deirdre

  • Language English The Commission on Justice, Peace and Care of Creation (JPCC) of the Dominican Province of the Philippines (DPP) in collaboration with the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Simbahayan Community Development Office held a conference on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law last Friday, March 27, 2015 at the UST Graduate School Rooms 201 to 205. The speaker in the said conference is Fr. Eliseo “Jun” Mercado Jr., OMI. Father Mercado served as the Director for Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation (JPIC) for the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) based in Rome from 2003-2006. As Congregational JPIC Director, he was also the Permanent Representative of the OMI to the United Nations (UN) as an Accredited NGO at the UN Department of Public Information and at the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), both in New York and Geneva. The speaker divided his talk in three parts: (1) An overview and highlights of the content of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), (2) The constitutional limitations of the BBL, (3) The result of the congressional hearings and scenarios. Questions that were raised by the audience were answered by the speaker after each talk in an open forum. The conference was attended by the JPCC/ JPIC promoters of Dominican Sisters, the Dominican student-brothers, some priests, some members of the UST Institute of Religion, some members of the Lay Dominican Fraternities, some faculty and staff of UST and members of other religious Orders. Br. Gallardo Bombase Jr., OP, the JPCC promoter of the Dominican Province of the Philippines, gave the opening and closing remarks. In his message, he encouraged every participant to help in building better lives. The conference ended with a Mass presided by Br. Gerard Francisco P. Timoner III, OP, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines. In his homily he emphasized the importance of “befriending” in the pursuit of peace. He said, “We come in this conference because we long for peace… and we can only attain peace if we befriend each other.” By Br. Paulo Sillonar, OP   (21 April 2015) Subtitle: The Commission on Justice, Peace and Care of Creation (JPCC) of the Dominican Province of the Philippines (DPP) Article date: Tuesday, April 21, 2015Date overload: Tuesday, April 21, 2015Category Home: Life of the OrderCategory Location: Asia / PacificCategory Tag Topics: Justice and PeaceRising newsletter: Rising newsletter

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  • Auteur: Fr. Louis-Marie Ariño-Durand, o.p.

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  • Auteur: Br. Ben Kuzemka, OP

  • Auteur: Br. Ben Kuzemka, OP

Saint of the Day

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  • HOLY THURSDAY is the most complex and profound of all religious observances, saving only the Easter Vigil. It celebrates both the institution by Christ himself of the Eucharist and of the institution of the sacerdotal priesthood (as distinct from the 'priesthood of all believers') for in this, His last supper with the disciples, a celebration of Passover, He is the self-offered Passover Victim, and every ordained priest to this day presents this same sacrifice, by Christ's authority and command, in exactly the same way. The Last Supper was also Christ's farewell to His assembled disciples, some of whom would betray, desert or deny Him before the sun rose again. The Holy Thursday liturgy, celebrated in the evening because Passover began at sundown, also shows both the worth God ascribes to the humility of service, and the need for cleansing with water (a symbol of baptism) in the Mandatum, or washing in Jesus' washing the feet of His disciples, and in the priest's stripping and washing of the altar. Cleansing, in fact, gave this day of Holy Week the name Maundy Thursday. The action of the Church on this night also witnesses to the Church's esteem for Christ's Body present in the consecrated Host in the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, carried in solemn procession to the flower-bedecked Altar of Repose, where it will remain 'entombed' until the communion service on Good Friday. No Mass will be celebrated again in the Church until the Easter Vigil proclaims the Resurrection. And finally, there is the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament by the people during the night, just as the disciples stayed with the Lord during His agony on the Mount of Olives before the betrayal by Judas. There is such an abundance of symbolism in the solemn celebration of the events of Holy Thursday layer upon layer, in fact that we can no more than hint at it in these few words. For many centuries, the Last Supper of Our Lord has inspired great works of art and literature, such as the glorious stained glass window in Chartres cathedral, Leonardo's ever popular (and much imitated) Last Supper in the 16th century, and the reminiscence called Holy Thursday, by the French novelist,François Mauriac, written in the 1930s.