Province of Australia and New Zealand
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
Experience Dominican Life
'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:
Ask the Vocations Director
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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Saint of the Day
Today is the feast of St. Joan of Arc, the patroness of France. Joan
was born to a peasant family near Lorraine, France in the 15th century.
From a young age she heard the voices of St. Michael, St. Catherine,
and St. Margaret speaking to her. Then, in 1428, when she was 13 years
old, she received a vision telling her to go to the King of France and
help him reconquer his kingdom from the invading forces of England and
Overcoming opposition and convincing members of the court and of the
Church, she was given a small army. She charged into battle bearing a
banner which bore the names â€œJesusâ€� and â€œMaryâ€� as well as a symbol of
the Holy Spirit.
Due to her leadership and trust in God, she was able to raise the
siege of Orleans in 1429. Joan and her army went on to win a series of
battles. Because of her efforts, the king was able to enter Rheims. He
was crowned with Joan at his side.
Eventually, Joan was captured by the forces of Burgundy in May of
1430. When her own king and army did nothing to save her, she was sold
to the English. She was imprisoned for a time and then put on trial.
Bishop Peter Cauchon of Beauvais presided over her trial. His hope was
that in being harsh with Joan, the English would help him become
Joan was condemned to death on counts of heresy, witchcraft, and
adultery. On May 30, 1431, she was burned at the stake in Rouen, France.
She was 19 years old.
Thirty years after her death, her case was retried and she was
exonerated. In 1920, she was canonized by Pope Benedict XV. She is the
patroness of France, captives, soldiers, and those ridiculed for their