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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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Our Four New Postulants arrive in Adelaide

As Lent begins with the imposition of ashes today, we joyfully welcome our four new postulants for 2010 as they begin the first phase of their initial formation. Fr Dominic Murphy, O.P. accompanied the four men, one from Adelaide and three from Sydney, to St Laurence's Priory, North Adelaide, where they will spend a few months under the guiding hand of Br Brendan O'Hearn, O.P. They have been enrolled in first semester courses at the Adelaide College of Divinity before they begin their Novitiate.

Martin Snigg, 36, has spent a number of years in Adelaide as a senior chemistry, middle school science and religion teacher. He was attracted to the Dominican Order through the writings of St Thomas Aquinas, the great doctor and theologian, and also through the Order's teaching and preaching charism.

Eduardo Fernandez, 33, (now Br Jordan) has given up a position in the sales centre for major soft drink company to join the Order. He has also worked in warehouses, computing and IT. Eduardo has a Peruvian mother and Spanish father, much like our own St Martin de Porres.

Kiran Krishna, 29, (Now Br Robert) is in the final stages of finishing his doctoral thesis in philosophy of science, his topic being "Truth in 12th Century Natural Philosophy". His family originally from India, Kiran was baptised in 2002 and admitted to full communion with the Catholic Church in 2003.

Nigel Fam, 22, (Now Br Francis) is a graduate in Electronic Business majoring in multimedia from Macqurie University in Sydney. He was President of the Macquarie Catholic Asian Students Society and, like Kiran, was a member of the Sydney Lay Dominican chapter.

Welcome dear brothers!



Postulants Eduardo Fernandez, Kiran Krishna, Nigel Fam and Martin Snigg
with Vocations Promoter Fr Dominic Murphy, O.P.

 

 

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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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  • St. Pius V was born Michele Ghislieri in 1504 to poor parents of noble lineage at Bosco, near Alexandria, Lombardy on January 17, 1504. He worked as a shepherd until the age of 14 when he encountered two Dominicans who recognized his intelligence and virtue. He joined the Dominicans and was ordained a priest at 24. He taught philosophy and theology for 16 years during which he was elected prior of many houses. He was known for his austere penances, his long hours of prayer and fasting, and the holiness of his speech. He was elected Bishop of Sutri in 1556, and served as an inquisitor in Milan and Lombardi, and then as inquisitor general of the Church and a cardinal in 1557. He was known in this capacity as an able, yet unflinching man who rigorously fought heresy and corruption wherever he encountered it. He was elected Pope on January 7, 1566, with the influential backing of his friend St. Charles Borromeo, and took the name Pius V.  He immediately put into action his vast program of reform by getting rid of many of the extravagant luxuries then prevalent in his court. He gave the money usually invested in these luxuries to the poor whom he personally cared for, washing their feet, consoling those near death, and tending to lepers and the very sick. He spent long hours before the Blessed Sacrament despite his heavy workload. His pontificate was dedicated to applying the reforms of the Council of Trent, raising the standard of morality and reforming the clergy, and strongly supporting foreign missions. The Catechism of the Council of Trent was completed during his reign, and he revised the Roman Breviary and Missal, which remained in use until the reforms of Vatican II. His six year pontificate saw him constantly at war with two massive enemy forces; the Protestant heretics and the spread of their doctrines in the West, and the Turkish armies who were advancing from the East. He encouraged efforts to battle Protestantism by education and preaching, and giving strong support to the newly formed Society of Jesus, founded by St. Ignatius of Loyola. He excommunicated Queen Elizabeth I, and supported Catholics who were oppressed and intimidated by Protestant princes, especially in Germany. He worked hard to unite the Christian armies against the Turks, and perhaps the most famous success of his papacy was the miraculous victory of the Christian fleet in the battle of Lepanto on October 7, 1571. The island of Malta was attacked by the Turkish fleet, and nearly every man defending the fortress was killed in battle. The Pope sent out a fleet to meet the enemy, requesting that each man on board pray the Rosary and receive communion. Meanwhile, he called on all of Europe to recite the Rosary and ordered a 40 hour devotion in Rome during which time the battle took place. The Christian fleet, vastly outnumbered by the Turks, inflicted an impossible defeat on the Turkish navy, demolishing the entire fleet. In memory of the triumph,...