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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 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.

     

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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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  • On March 4, the Catholic Church honors Saint Casimir Jagiellon, a prince whose life of service to God has made him a patron saint of Poland, Lithuania, and young people.In 1984, Pope John Paul II addressed Lithuanian pilgrims commemorating the 500th anniversary of the prince's death. He said the Church “proclaimed Casimir a saint and placed him before us not only to be venerated but also that we might imitate his heroic virtues and follow his example of holiness.â€�“His witness of great faith and fervent piety continues to have special meaning for us today,â€� the Pope said, noting especially the “challenging callâ€� he offers to young people.“His life of purity and prayer beckons you to practice your faith with courage and zeal, to reject the deceptive attractions of modern permissive society, and to live your convictions with fearless confidence and joy.â€�Casimir Jagiellon was born in 1458, the third of thirteen children born to Poland's King Casimir IV and his wife Elizabeth of Austria. He and several of his brothers studied with the priest and historian John Dlugosz, whose deep piety and political expertise influenced Casimir in his upbringing.The young prince had a distaste for the luxury of courtly life, and instead chose the way of asceticism and devotion. He wore plain clothes with a hair shirt beneath them, slept frequently on the ground, and would spend much of the night in prayer and meditation on the suffering and death of Christ.Casimir showed his love for God through these exercises of devotion, and also through his material charity to the poor. He was known as a deeply compassionate young man who felt others' pains acutely.The young prince was only 13 years old when his father was asked by the Hungarians to offer his son as their new king. Casimir was eager to aid the Hungarians in their defense against the Turks, and went to be crowned. This plan was unsuccessful, however, and he was forced to return to Poland.After his return Casimir resumed his studies with Dlugosz, while developing a canny grasp of politics by observing his father's rule. In 1479 the king left Poland to attend to state business in Lithuania, leaving Prince Casimir in charge of the realm between 1481 and 1483.Advisers to the prince joined his father in trying to convince Casimir to marry. But he preferred to remain single, focusing his life on the service of God and the good of his people.After experiencing symptoms of tuberculosis, Casimir foresaw his death and prepared for it by deepening his devotion to God. He died en route to Lithuania on March 4, 1484, and was buried with a copy of a Marian hymn he frequently recited. Pope Adrian VI canonized him in 1522.Five centuries after his death, Pope John Paul II recalled how St. Casimir “embraced a life of celibacy, submitted himself humbly to God’s will in all things, devoted himself with tender love to the Blessed Virgin Mary and developed a fervent practice of adoring Christ present in...