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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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  • 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!

     

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 May 22, the Church celebrates the feast day of St. Rita of Cascia, who the late John Paul II called “a disciple of the Crucified Oneâ€� and an “expert in suffering.â€�Known in Spain as “La Santa de los impossibilesâ€� (the saint of the impossible), St. Rita has become immensely popular throughout the centuries. She is invoked by people in all situations and stations of life, since she had embraced suffering with charity and wrongs with forgiveness in the many trials she experienced in her life: as a wife, widow, a mother surviving the death of her children, and a nun.Born in 1386 in Roccaparena, Umbria, St. Rita was married at the age of 12 to a violent and ill-tempered husband. He was murdered 18 years later and she forgave his murderers, praying that her twin sons, who had sworn to avenge their father’s death may also forgive. She was granted this grace, and her sons, who died young, died reconciled to God.The saint heard the call to become a nun in the Augustinian convent at Cascia, but was refused entry at first. She asked the intercession of Sts. Augustine, Mary Magadalene and John the Baptist and was finally allowed to enter the convent where she lived the last 40 years of her life in prayer, mortification and service to the people of Cascia.For the last 15 years of her life she received a stigmata-like thorn wound in answer to her prayers to be more profoundly conformed to the passion of the Lord Jesus. Rita was bedridden for the last four years of her life, consuming almost nothing except for the Eucharist. She died of tuberculosis at the age of 70 on May 22, 1456.On the 100th anniversary of her canonization in 2000, Pope John Paul II noted her remarkable qualities as a Christian woman: “Rita interpreted well the 'feminine genius' by living it intensely in both physical and spiritual motherhood.â€�St. Rita was canonized in 1900 by Pope Leo XIII. She is the patron saint of impossible causes, sterility, abuse victims, loneliness, marriage difficulties, parenthood, widows, the sick, bodily ills and wounds.