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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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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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Order of preachers

  • Auteur: Martin Badenhorst, O.P.

  • Auteur: Fr. Louis-Marie Ariño-Durand, o.p.

  • Auteur: Deirdre

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  • Auteur: Br. Joseph Graziano, O.P.

  • Language English Fr Rafael Colomé Angelats has been elected as the Vicar Provincial of the Vicariate of the Province of Hispania in South America. This happened at the first Elective Chapter of the friars of Uruguay and Paraguay held at Montevideo, Uruguay. Fr Rafael was born in 1956 at La Granada, Barcelona, Spain. He made his religious profession in the Order in 1976 at Valencia and was ordained to the priesthood 1982 at Coban, Guatemala. He has degrees in Theology and Psychology and has been involved in various pastoral and academic apostolates. Before his election, he was the Prior and Master of Students at the Convent of San José, Buenos Aires. The following brothers were also elected into the Vicariate Council; Fr Fernando Sola, Fr Santiago Fernandez, Fr Edgar Amado Toledo and Fr Ramón Figueras.   (9 February 2016) Link "read more": http://www.dominicoshispania.org/noticia/fray-rafael-colome-op-es-escogido-nuevo-prior-regi/title link "read more": DominicosArticle date: Tuesday, February 9, 2016Date overload: Tuesday, February 9, 2016Category Home: Official newsCategory Location: EuropeCategory Tag Topics: Common life

  • Language English The news of this month was marked by an important event: the hosting of an international conference. It was the first time IDEO organized such a conference, and, according everyone’s feedback, it was a successful one. This newsletter is in large part dedicated to it. Conference “The Sciences of Islam, Between Repetition and Innovation: What is it to comment in Islam?” On January 14‒16, IDEO organized a conference devoted to the genre of commentary in post-classical Islam (6th‒13th century A.H./12th‒19th century A.D.). Opened by the President of Al-Azhar University, this conference concluded the “200 Project” which began in March 2013 and aimed at the historical contextualization of the works of 200 major authors of the Arabic and Islamic heritage. The “200 Project” was funded by the European Delegation in Cairo. The results of the “200 Project” are available on the online catalogue of our library. For each book, in addition to the classical information displayed on the left side of the screen, we present, on the right side, information regarding the works themselves: their editorial history, their cultural history (commentaries, refutations, complements, imitations…), and the relations that their authors have with other authors (masters, disciples, family…) After three years of research, we have processed around 190 authors, which represents 15% of the 200,000 bibliographical records that our catalogue contains. The January conference aimed at continuing the work of Mellon Sawyer Seminary (University of California, Berkeley, October 12‒14, 2012) which was devoted to the commentary genre and its sub-genres (margins, glosses, notes…). Sixteen speakers presented a paper, coming from twelve countries and eight universities. They also met in small groups to share their insights. Fifty people attended the conference. Here, we will present only the questions that were posed at the end of the conference. Two Visions of the Commentaries It seems that there are two conflicting visions. The first vision focuses on the irreducible diversity of commentaries, according to place, epoch, relevant science, and the forms these commentaries take. This vision refuses to search for common points between them. The second vision tries to characterize periods, evolutions, and constants. On this behalf, it seems that the systematization on the Ottoman madrasas in the 8th century A.H./14th century A.D. is a turning point in the intellectual activity and the production of commentaries. The Sociology of Teaching Commentaries Whatever these broad visions may be, the speakers all agree that any serious study of a given commentary cannot ignore the sociological context in it was produced (sponsors/patronage, pedagogy, the authors’ motivation). The Functions of Commentaries The Berkley seminar studied in depth the varied functions of commentaries, in particular in philosophy. Some speakers presented texts that served a bases for pedagogical commentaries, although they contain ideas that oppose a given teaching (which could be labeled an a contrario teaching). Some speakers also insisted on a function of commentaries being that of a harmonisation between two opposing theories. Commentaries on medicine or on jurisprudence, often functioned to update the teaching of the author to work in new contexts. Lastly, one speaker highlighted a “liturgical” sufi function held by some theological commentaries in South-East Asia. Issue 32 of MIDEO is devoted to this topic, and will publish certain papers from the conference as well as remain open to other contributions. Lectures From January 27‒31, fr. Alberto Ambrosio, OP gave a session on Sufism to the Dominicans sisters at the monastery of Saint-Jean Baptiste in Orbey (Alsace). On January 30th, fr. Emmanuel Pisani, OP delivered a lecture on the topic of “Is Islam Intrinsically Violent?” This lecture was delivered at the Agora-Tête-d’Or in Lyon, during a study day titled “Turn the Other Cheek? Violence & Religion” organized by the Jesuits, the Oratorians ,and the Dominicans of Lyon. Visits This month we received at the Scholars’ house, Mr. Zoltán Szombathy, professor at the Catholic University of Budapest, in the context of our continuing cooperation together. Publications Alberto Fabio Ambrosio, Quand les soufis parlent aux chrétiens. À la rencontre d’un islam fraternel, Paris : Bayard, 2016. Alberto Fabio Ambrosio, « Libertà religiosa: Diritto di libertà interiore » in Missioni consolata 118, January-February 2016, p. 63‒67. To read the text online…   (09 January 2016)   Link "read more": http://www.ideo-cairo.org/spip.php?article615&lang=entitle link "read more": IDEOArticle date: Tuesday, February 9, 2016Date overload: Tuesday, February 9, 2016Category Home: Life of the OrderCategory Location: Asia / PacificCategory Tag Topics: Study...

  • Auteur: Fr. Louis-Marie Ariño-Durand, o.p.

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Saint of the Day

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  • St. Apollonia was a holy virgin who suffered martyrdom in Alexandria during a local uprising against the Christians in the early 3rd century. Her martyrdom came just before the persecution of Decius (248-249).During festivities commemorating the founding of the Roman Empire, a mob began attacking Christians.The great Dionysius, then Bishop of Alexandria (247-265), related the sufferings of Apollonia:Men seized her and, by repeated blows, broke all of her teeth. Then they erected a pile of sticks outside the city and threatened to burn her alive if she refused to repeat impious words after them (either a blasphemy against Christ, or an invocation of the heathen gods). When she was given a little freedom, at her own request, she sprang quickly into the fire and was burned to death. Apollonia belongs to a class of early Christian martyrs who when confronted with the choice between renouncing their faith or suffering death, voluntarily embraced the latter.She is popularly invoked for toothaches because of the torments she had to endure. She is represented in art with pincers holding a tooth.