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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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  • The Ricci are an ancient family in Tuscany.  Catherine was born at Florence in 1522, and called at her baptism Alexandrina, but she took the name of Catherine at her religious profession. Having lost her mother in her infancy, her father placed her in the Convent of Monticelli, near the gates of Florence, where her aunt, Louisa de Ricci, was a nun when she was between the age of six and seven. To her, this place was a paradise, but after some years her father took her home. Attracted to the religious life, and with the consent of her father,  she received the religious veil in the convent of Dominicanesses at Prat, in Tuscany in the year 1535 at fourteen years of age.For two years she suffered inexpressible pains under a complication of violent distempers, which remedies only seemed to increase. These sufferings she sanctified by the interior disposition with which she bore them, and which she nourished by assiduous meditation on the passion of Christ. The victory over herself, and purgation of her affections was completed by a perfect spirit of prayer; for by the union of her soul with God, and the establishment of the absolute reign of his love in her heart, she was dead to and disengaged from all earthly things.The saint was chosen, when very young, first as mistress of the novices, then sub-prioress, and, in the twenty-fifth year of her age, was appointed as perpetual prioress. The reputation of her extraordinary sanctity and prudence drew her many visits from a great number of bishops, princes, and cardinals-among them, the Cardinals Cervini, Alexander of Medicis, and Aldobrandini, who all three were afterwards raised to St. Peter's chair, under the names of Marcellus II, Clement VIII, and Leo XI.Most wonderful were the raptures of St. Catherine in meditating on the passion of Christ, which was her daily exercise, but to which she totally devoted herself every week from Thursday noon to three o'clock in the afternoon on Friday. After a long illness she passed from this mortal life to everlasting bliss and possession of the object of all her desires on the feast of the Purification of our Lady, on the 2nd of February, in 1589, the sixty-seventh year of her age. The ceremony of her beatification was performed by Clement XII in 1732, and that of her canonization by Benedict XIV in 1746.