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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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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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Order of preachers

  • Auteur: Beth McCormick, O.P.

  • Auteur: Nick Punch, O.P.

  • The Dominicans celebrate their 800th year jubilee. Originating from Spain with Dominic de Guzman, the Order has developed into a worldwide organisation of friars, nuns, sisters and lay men and women. What does it mean to be a member of a worldwide Order? What does it mean to be a world citizen? That is the subject of my interview with Leny Beemer, a lay Dominican. After servicing as the president of the Dutch Dominican Lay Fraternity for 8 years, she went international. Now she is the president of the European Council of Lay Dominican Fraternities.     You worked for a long time as a school musician, first in primary and high schools and later as professor of School Music at the Utrecht Conservatoire. The first day you met the Dominicans, what was it about them that touched you?  I was touched by their involvement and very good preaching, but even more by their open heart and compassion with people. I found this in several Dominican places in The Netherlands: De St. Dominic Church in Utrecht, the Dominican priories in Huissen and Zwolle, the Giordano Bunohouse, and also by reading books by Schillebeeckx, Lascaris and Borgman. But above all I was touched by the Dominican nuns of Beaufort. This is a monastery of nuns in Brittany, France. Their open and heart-warming atmosphere, beautiful singing, intense prayers, personal contacts, humour..… This touched my heart. We, my husband and I, became close friends with them and we go to this monastery several times a year for renewals. Does your interest in the Dominican life sometimes cause tension with your work and private life? At work my increasing interest for the Dominican spirituality in fact caused no tension. My colleagues and students have known me for years and have found my Dominican identity fitting to me. When I taught at a firmly Protestant high school, my Christian identity was in fact an advantage, although I never talked about it since it is a personal matter. Obviously people notice more about you than you realise. In my private life my renewed interest in religion and the Church caused at best moments of raised eyebrows. But we always talked openly about these things in my family. Gradually it became self-evident and even inspiring. In 1999, I not only able to start the Dutch Dominican Lay Fraternity with some friends, I was also able to involve my husband Hans and our eldest daughter Hanneke who both joined the Fraternity at the same time. By Tanja van Hummel, a philosopher and reporter   (06 May 2016) Language English Subtitle: An interview with Leny Beemer, President of the European Council of Lay Dominican FraternitiesLink "read more": http://www.ecldf.net/2016/05/06/a-dominican-world-citizen/title link "read more": ECLDFArticle date: Friday, May 6, 2016Date overload: Friday, May 6, 2016Category Home: The best of the WebCategory Location: EuropeCategory Tag Topics: Dominican LaityRising newsletter: Rising newsletter

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Saint of the Day

CNA - Saint of the Day

  • On May 5, Catholics celebrate Saint Hilary of Arles, a fifth-century bishop who gave up wealth and privilege in favor of austerity and sacrifice for the sake of the Church. Hilary was born during the year 401, most likely in the present-day French region of Loraine. He came from a wealthy background and received a traditional aristocratic education in philosophy and rhetoric, which he expected to put to use in a secular career. One of Hilary’s relatives, Honoratus, had founded a monastery in Lerins and given his life to the service of the Church. Honoratus was deeply concerned for Hilary’s salvation, and urged him with tears to abandon worldly pursuits for the sake of following Christ. “On one side,â€� Hilary later recalled, “I saw the Lord calling me; on the other the world offering me its seducing charms and pleasures. How often did I embrace and reject, will and not will the same thing!â€� “But in the end Jesus Christ triumphed in me. And three days after Honoratus had left me, the mercy of God, solicited by his prayers, subdued my rebellious soul.â€� Hilary returned to his relative, humbling himself as Honoratus’ disciple and embracing his life of prayer, asceticism, and Scripture study. He sold his property, gave the proceeds to the poor, and wholeheartedly embraced the monastic life of the community in Lerins. In 426, Honoratus became the Archbishop of Arles. Hilary initially followed him, but soon returned to the monastery at Lerins. Honoratus, however, insisted on having the assistance of his relative and disciple, and traveled to Lerins himself to retrieve him.When Honoratus died in 429, Hilary again attempted to leave Arles and return to his monastery. But the faithful of the city sent out a search party and had him brought back, so that he could be consecrated as Honoratus’ successor.Though he was not yet 30 years old, the new archbishop was well-prepared by his years in religious life and the time spent assisting his predecessor. As archbishop, he maintained the simplicity of a monk. He owned few possessions, put the poor ahead of himself, and continued to do manual labor. Known for his kindness and charity, the archbishop was also remembered for publicly rebuking a government official who brought shame on the Church. He also warned lukewarm believers that they would “not so easily get out of hell, if you are once unhappily fallen into its dungeons.â€� Hilary helped to establish monasteries in his diocese, and strengthened the discipline and orthodoxy of the local Church through a series of councils. He sold Church property in order to pay the ransoms of those who had been kidnapped, and is said to have worked miracles during his lifetime. St. Hilary of Arles died on May 5, 449. Although his life was marked by some canonical disputes with Pope St. Leo I, the Pope himself praised the late Archbishop of Arles in a letter to his successor, honoring him as “Hilary of holy memory.â€�