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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' Days

    'Come and See' Days 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. Our next 'Come and See' Day is in Sydney, NSW: 

    In this Year of Consecrated Life, the Dominican Friars in Sydney will team up with the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia for a Dominican Sydney Day on August 1st at the University of Notre Dame, Sydney. The theme of the day is 'Dominican Saints and Sinner' looking at the great figures which have shaped Dominican life over the last 800 years. For more information or to register, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..




Conferral of Doctor of Laws on Bishop Anthony Fisher

At its first graduation ceremony this year, the University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney Campus, was honoured to confer upon the Most Reverend Anthony Fisher OP, Bishop of Parramatta, the honorary degree, Doctor of Laws. Bishop Anthony is best known as a bioethicist, lecturer and preacher. He is Adjunct Professor of Bioethics and Moral Theology at the University.

Born in Sydney in 1960, Bishop Anthony attended Sydney University, where he received degrees in History and Law before practising in a city firm. In 1985, he entered the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) and studied for the priesthood in Melbourne, receiving an honours degree in Theology. Bishop Anthony was ordained a priest at Holy Name Parish, Wahroonga in 1991. He went on to complete a Doctorate in Bioethics at the University of Oxford under Professor John Finnis.

Bishop Anthony was a lecturer at Australian Catholic University from 1995 to 2000. From 2000 to 2003 he was foundation Director of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and the Family, Melbourne. Currently, he holds the positions of Professor of Moral Theology and Bioethics at the Institute and is Deputy Chancellor of the Catholic Institute of Sydney.

Bishop Fisher

In 2003, Blessed Pope John Paul II appointed Bishop Anthony Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney. In the Sydney Archdiocese, he was Episcopal Vicar for Life and Health, Chairman of the Catholic Schools’ Board. He is currently Chairman of the Catholic Education Commission of New South Wales. Bishop Anthony is a member of the Australian Bishops’ Commission for Doctrine and Morals, the Bishops’ Commission for Health and Community Services and the Pontifical Academy for Life.
Bishop Anthony was Parish Priest of Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish, Watsons Bay, between 2003 and 2010. His community involvements have included: Chaplain to the Parliament of Victoria; Member of the Infertility Treatment Authority of Victoria; Chair or Member of several hospital ethics committees; and Chaplain to various organisations such as the Order of Malta. Bishop Anthony was Coordinator of the massively successful World Youth Day 2008.
In 2010, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop Anthony the third Bishop of Parramatta.

Professor Celia Hammond, Vice Chancellor of the University of Notre Dame Australia, said Bishop Anthony’s contribution to the Church and to society has been vast.
“Bishop Anthony has been a great friend and supporter of the University since its inception in Sydney,” said Professor Hammond.
“We are deeply honoured that the Bishop has chosen Notre Dame as a focus for his teaching and involvement with students.”


Click here to read Bishop Anthony's address following the conferral of the Honorary Doctorate. Bishop Anthony addresses staff, graduands and guests at the University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney Campus graduation ceremony following the conferral of his Honorary Doctorate. 21 December 2011Taken From http://www.nd.edu.au/news/media-releases/2011/MediaRelease_Conferral_degree_Doctor_Laws_Bishop_Fisher.shtml

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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

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  • Language English This is essentially what we can learn from the teachings of the Master of the Order, Brother Bruno Cadoré during his second visitation to the General Vicariate of St. Pius V in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He made the visit from 14 to 23 July 2015 accompanied by his Socius for Africa, Brother Gabriel Samba. Several highlights marked this visit: meetings with the formation council, with the commission for intellectual life, with the economic council and with the vicariate council. The Master of the Order visited the communities of Kisangani and Mbuji-Mayi where he could not go during the first visitation in January 2012. By car and motorbike, by boat and on foot, under a blazing sun, the Master of the Order immersed himself in the apostolic realities of the brothers: in the chapels of the military chaplaincy, in the parish of Our Lady of Lourdes, etc. On Sunday, 19 July, he met the Dominican Family at St Dominic priory, Kinshasa. Diversity and unity: this was the theme developed by Brother Bruno. At 10:30 am, he participated in the priestly ordination Mass of three brothers: Joseph Baraka Bangana, Don de Dieu Katsikuma Wa Kabamba and Frederic Mwindilay Balekelay, in the parish church of St. Dominic of Limete, Kinshasa. The focal point of the visitation was the assessment of the restructuring process for the transition of the Vicariate General to the status of a Vice-Province. This assessment was based on the analysis of three challenges. The first challenge is the holy preaching, a horizon without which any significant restructuring is a vain enterprise. At the heart of this issue of a preaching that is continually better adapted to the needs of people, the world and the Church, there is also (this is the second challenge) that of the “tradition”, that is to say, the “transmission of the tradition of the Preachers” to the new generations. The third challenge is the urgent imperative to get out from multiple dependencies and instead to stimulate and promote a sense of common belonging to the same entity. For in the Order, it is this common belonging to a province, supported by a full commitment to the common good as much as apostolic activity, which develops us in our own personal Dominican life, and in our own ministry of preaching. To move from the status of  a General Vicariate to that of a Vice-Province, it is imperative to be ready to make the transition from a culture of dependency to a culture of common belonging. Brother Bruno dwelt upon three main areas affected by this process and that constitutes his key points. First of all, the economic realities served in a practice that will be as reliable as possible and on which depends the possibility of allocating external support. The Master of the Order noted that it seems impossible to continue to seek the solidarity of other entities or of the Order, who draw their resources precisely in the pooling of assets for the benefit of an entity that refuses to make this a basic element in the organization of its material life. The second key point in making the transition to a culture of common ownership is the apostolic life. Here brother Bruno insisted on the fact of promoting awareness among all to be engaged in a common apostolic responsibility. For it is through the implementation of an apostolic community project that the brothers will, in each community, address the determining issues for defining a common mission. The third key point is formation. The Master of the Order has recommended regular assessment of the novitiate which is temporarily located at St. Dominic priory in Kinshasa, together with the studentate. These teachings ended with a note on government, stressing that the primary objective of government in the Order is to promote communion among the brothers and to be a sign. He insisted also on respect for the principle of subsidiarity. The General Vicariate of St. Pius V is moving towards becoming a Vice-Province by 2016.          fr. Gabriel Samba, OP. (29 July 2015) Article date: Friday, July 31, 2015Date overload: Friday, July 31, 2015Category Home: Life of the OrderCategory Location: AfricaCategory Tag Topics: Articles on the JubileeCommon lifeRising newsletter: Rising newsletter

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  • On July 30, the Catholic Church celebrates Saint Peter Chrysologus, a fifth-century Italian bishop known for testifying courageously to Christ's full humanity and divinity during a period of doctrinal confusion in the Church. The saint's title, Chrysologus, signifies “golden speechâ€� in Greek. Named as a Doctor of the Church in 1729, he is distinguished as the “Doctor of Homiliesâ€� for the concise but theologically rich reflections he delivered during his time as the Bishop of Ravenna. His surviving works offer eloquent testimony to the Church's traditional beliefs about Mary's perpetual virginity, the penitential value of Lent, Christ's Eucharistic presence, and the primacy of St. Peter and his successors in the Church. Few details of St. Peter Chrysologus' biography are known. He was born in the Italian town of Imola in either the late fourth or early fifth century, but sources differ as to whether this occurred around 380 or as late as 406. Following his study of theology, Peter was ordained to the diaconate by Imola's local bishop Cornelius, whom he greatly admired and regarded as his spiritual father. Cornelius not only ordained Peter, but taught him the value of humility and self-denial. The lessons of his mentor inspired Peter to live as a monk for many years, embracing a lifestyle of asceticism, simplicity, and prayer. His simple monastic life came to an end, however, after the death of Archbishop John of Ravenna in 430. After John's death, the clergy and people of Ravenna chose a successor and asked Cornelius, still the Bishop of Imola, to journey to Rome and obtain papal approval for the candidate. Cornelius brought Peter, then still a deacon, along with him on the visit to Pope Sixtus III. Tradition relates that the Pope had experienced a vision from God on the night before the meeting, commanding him to overrule Ravenna's choice of a new archbishop. The Pope declared that Peter, instead, was to be ordained as John's successor. In Ravenna, Peter was received warmly by the Western Roman Emperor Valentinian III, and his mother Galla Placidia. She is said to have given him the title of “Chrysologusâ€� because of his preaching skills. Throughout the archdiocese, however, he encountered the surviving remnants of paganism along with various abuses and distortions of the Catholic faith. Peter exercised zeal and pastoral care in curbing abuses and evangelizing non-Christians during his leadership of the Church in Ravenna. One of the major heresies of his age, monophysitism, held that Christ did not possess a distinct human nature in union with his eternal divine nature. Peter labored to prevent the westward spread of this error, promoted from Constantinople by the monk Eutyches. The Archbishop of Ravenna also made improvements to the city's cathedral and built several new churches. Near the end of his life he addressed a significant letter to Eutyches, stressing the Pope's authority in the monophysite controversy. Having returned to Imola in anticipation of his death, St. Peter Chrysologus died in 450, one year before the Church's official condemnation of monophysitism. He is credited as the author of around 176 surviving...