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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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Australian Dominican to participate in Jerusalem summer school

The Dominican-run university in Jerusalem, L'Ecole Biblique et Archeologique Francaise, is conducting a summer school for two weeks in June this year. Designed for English-speaking Dominican students, the session will incorporate lectures by some of the faculty there. It is hoped that the exposure to the historical and archeological sites of interest to biblical scholars in the Holy Land will encourage these Dominicans to take up biblical studies as an area of specialisation in the future.

Founded by Fr Marie-Joseph Lagrange, O.P. in 1850 and based at St Stephen's Priory, L'Ecole is the oldest research institute in the Holy Land. Among other works, it was responsible for the production of the Jerusalem Bible, the 1985 translation of which is the translation of choice for the Lectionary.

The Assumption Province is sending Br Paul Rowse, O.P. (not pictured!) to participate in the summer school. Br Paul is presently working on a research paper on the Holy Spirit's presence to people in Luke and Acts. Once he's packed his bags, all that remains for Br Paul before he leaves for Jerusalem is to get his essays in two weeks' early!

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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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  • On Nov. 30, Catholics worldwide celebrate the feast of St. Andrew, apostle and martyr. A fisherman from Bethsaida and brother of Simon Peter, St. Andrew is said to have spread Christianity in Russia and Asia minor after Pentecost in the first century. He was crucified by the Romans in Greece on an X-shaped cross, which is now his distinctive symbol as well as the symbol of Scotland, of which he is the patron.St. Andrew demonstrated his love for his brother as well as his apostolic zeal when, convinced that Jesus was the Messiah, he sought out St. Peter. “Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two who heard John and followed Jesus. He first found his own brother Simon and told him, 'we have found the Messiah.' Then he brought him to Jesus.â€� (Jn. 1:40-42)Some of St. Andrew's remains were brought to Scotland in the fourth century, though parts of his skeleton lie in the crypt of the cathedral in Amalfi, Italy, where they are removed twice a year and produce a clear, water like substance. The substance, called “manna,â€� is said to have miraculous attributes.