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Preaching the Blessed Light


“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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Br Tani Thuqea talks about the journey towards his diaconate ordination

Two days Before his ordination to the diaconate, Br Tani kindly shares with us his journey of religious life with the Dominicans, the ups, the downs, the challenges he has faced, his hopes and dreams for the future as well as how he has been preparing for his ordination and what is important to him at this point in his life.

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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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  • Language English The Croatian Dominican Province, the Centre of Excellence for Integrative Bioethics (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb), the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion (University of Oxford) and the Humane Philosophy Project are organizing the 19th Study Week (BA and MA level: 28 August – 1 September 2016) and Conference (research level: 2-3 September 2016) which will take place in Trogir (Hotel sv. Križ, Arbanija), Croatia. The main topic is going to be: Rationality and the Problem of Evil Speakers include: - Marija Selak (University of Zagreb), - Hrvoje Jurić (University of Zagreb), - Luka Perušić (University of Zagreb), - Marko Kos (University of Zagreb), - Krešimir Babel (University of Zagreb), - Benedict Gocke (University of Oxford), - Ignacio Silva (University of Oxford), - Samuel Hughes (University of Cambridge), - Mikolaj Slawkowski-Rode (University of Warsaw), - Ralph Weir (University of Cambridge), and - Andrew Pinsent (University of Oxford, keynote speaker of the Conference)   The official language of the Study Week and the Conference is English. Those who are interested in participating actively in the conference should submit a proposal that includes: title of presentation, a paper abstract approximately 250-300 words in length, which includes the problem with which your scholarship engages, and the contribution you plan to make. All applicants are requested to send as a separate document: name and surname, status/title, institution, contact address, e-mail and phone number, CV.   All applications and proposals should be submitted as e-mail attachments (entitled: ‘Application for the Trogir 2016’ (a) ‘Study Week’ (b) ‘Conference’ (c) ‘Study Week and Conference’) by 1st of June 2016 to: regens@dominikanci.hr. The registration fee will be 350 euros (for the Study Week); 150 euros (for the Conference) and will cover the costs of the Study Week/Conference and accommodation.   Srećko Koralija OP, moderator Marija Selak Mikołaj Sławkowski-Rode Ralph Weir   (04 May 2016) Article date: Wednesday, May 4, 2016Date overload: Wednesday, May 4, 2016Category Home: Life of the OrderCategory Location: EuropeCategory Tag Topics: Study / intellectual life / theologyRising newsletter: Rising newsletter

  • Language English The Permanent Commission for the Promotion of Studies held its annual meeting recently at Santa Sabina from 20-22 April. The Socius for Studies began the meeting with a review of his report to the General Chapter of Bologna and then provided a brief overview of the five academic institutions and convents under the Immediate Jurisdiction of the Master. Next, the coordinators of regents for Asia-Pacific, North America, Africa, and Europe, as well as a member of the Commission from South America, gave reports on the meetings of provincials and regents that have taken place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Amecameca, Mexico, Luanda, Angola, and Dubrovnik, Croatia over the last eighteen months. The General Chapter of Trogir mandated these meetings to promote collaboration among the centers of studies in the different regions of the Order, and the regents gave progress reports on the steps that have been taken.  The positive results and the different ways that the regions have chosen to collaborate were seen as hopeful signs for the future. Over the course of the three-day meeting, the Commission considered the question of a theological vision for the Order, the creation of a network of the Order’s libraries that could be accessed through digital catalogues of their collections, the issue of publications of the Order and their dissemination among the provinces, and strategies for preparing future professors for our centers of study. On this last point there were several proposals, including posting on the Order’s website academic positions in the institutions under the immediate jurisdiction of the Master that must be filled in the next five-years, a scholarship fund to provide future teachers for the institutions under the Master, and an apprenticeship program so that doctoral students could be prepared to teach in our institutions. The Commission also reflected on the process for evaluating candidates for the Master in Sacred Theology, reviewed the petitions to the General Chapter of Bologna that concern the intellectual life of the Order, and discussed possible changes for membership in the Permanent Commission for the Promotion of Study.   Present at the meeting were fr. Romulo (Roy) Rodriguez (Coordinator of regents for Asia-Pacific), fr. Paul Akin-Otiko (Coordinator of regents for Africa) fr. Bryan Kromholtz (Coordinator of regents for North America), fr. Srecko Koralija (Coordinator of regents for Europe) and the three members appointed directly by the Master of the Order, fr. Benoît-Dominique de la Soujeole, fr. Michal Paluch, and fr. Jorge Scampini.  fr. Michael Mascari, the Socius for Studies presided. fr. Pablo Sicouly, the newly appointed Promotor of Formation and Intellectual Life for the region of CIDALC was unable to attend. The next meeting of the Commission will take place on 19-21 April 2017. fr Michael Mascari, OP   (04 May 2016)     Subtitle: Permanent Commission for the Promotion of Study, 20-22 April 2016Article date: Wednesday, May 4, 2016Date overload: Wednesday, May 4, 2016Category Home: Official newsCategory Location: EuropeCategory Tag Topics: Study / intellectual life / theology

Saint of the Day

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  • Philip was born in Bethsaida in Galilee and was one of the 12 Apostles that Jesus called. Immediately, Philip began to convert others, finding his friend Nathaniel and telling him that Jesus was the one whom Moses and the other prophets had foretold.James the Less is called “Lessâ€� because he was younger than the other Apostle by the same name, James the Great. James the less was realted in some wayJesus, and after Jesus’ Ascension into heaven, he became the head of the Church in Jerusalem. He was martyred in the year 62.