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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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    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 On Sunday, the 1st of November 2015, the Solemnity of All Saints, nine novices, of whom seven Africans, received the Dominican habit in Seville, Spain. Originating from several countries, the nine novices belong to three different Provinces of the Order. Three are from the province of Spain: brother Carlos Avila Martinez (from Argentina) and brothers Salvador Recoba Raso and  Jesus Ngema Ndong Bindang (from Equatorial Guinea, Africa, the new foundation of Malabo). Brother Nestor Ruben Morales Gutierrez (from Cuba) belongs to the province of Betica. The other five brothers : Antonio Paulo Manuel, Mariano Dinha Domingos, Inacio Kambambi Katchilingi, Lazaro Santos Estevao Sandala and Tomas Chissambo Luis, from Angola (Provincial Vicariate of Angola), are sons of the province of Portugal. The vestition ceremony took place during the Eucharistic celebration presided by brother Miguel de Burgos, Prior Provincial of Betica, in the Church of Saint Thomas Aquinas Convent of Seville. It was attended by the provincials of Spain, Aragon, Portugal and the Vicar of the Vicariate of Spain of the Province of the Holy Rosary. Also present was brother Miguel Angel del Rio, Socius of the Master of the Order for the Iberian Peninsula, Italy and Malta. The novices received the habit of the Order from their respective Provincial. After their novitiate, the brothers will return to their respective entities for institutional studies. Let us pray for these young people who are committed to follow Christ in the Order of Preachers which is celebrating the Jubilee of the 800 years of its confirmation by Pope Honorius III in 1216. Let us pray also for the Inter-Africa (IAOP), which celebrates 40 years of its existence, since the first meeting of the Dominicans living in sub-Saharan Africa which took place in April 1976 in Ibadan, Nigeria, from the initiative of Brother Vincent de Couesnongle, then Master of the Order of Preachers. Let us also keep in our prayers, the Mini-summit of IAOP to be held in December in Luanda, Angola to assess the implementation of the decisions of the 12th General Assembly of the IAOP held in Nairobi, Kenya, in July 2014. Among other the issues, are the inter-African common novitiates. Fr. Gabriel Samba, op    (26 November 2015) Article date: Thursday, November 26, 2015Date overload: Thursday, November 26, 2015Category Home: Life of the OrderCategory Location: AfricaCategory Tag Topics: Spirituality / prayer / liturgyRising newsletter: Rising newsletter

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  • A soldier and courtier to King Yezdigerd I of Persia in the early fifth century, James was a Christian who, during Yezdigerd’s persecution of Christians, renounced his faith for fear of death.His family, who had not apostacized, contacted James upon the death of the king, and thus the end of the persecution, and chastised him for having renounced his Heavenly King before the worldy king of Persia.Upon hearing the rebukes of his family for the denial of his faith, James was thrown into a deep crisis of conscience, and he went through a true, deep conversion, uniting and conforming himself to the living God. Wanting to make amends, he professed his faith before the new king, Bahram and was condemned to death.He is referred to as â€˜Intercisus’ because the name literally means ‘hacked to pieces,’ and this name was given to him documenting the manner of his death. He was hung from a beam and slowly cut into 28 pieces, beginning with his fingers and then his toes, hands, and so forth until his beheading, the final cut.Even though the crowd, made up of many Christians, urged him to renounce his faith and worship the sun because they could not bear to see him suffer such excruciating torture, he never renounced his faith. Instead, he made every piece cut from his body an offering to the Living God, and won the crown of martyrdom.James Intercisus is the patron saint of lost vocations and torture victims.