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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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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.

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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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  • Language English On Sunday, the 1st of November 2015, the Solemnity of All Saints, nine novices, of whom seven Africans, received the Dominican habit in Seville, Spain. Originating from several countries, the nine novices belong to three different Provinces of the Order. Three are from the province of Spain: brother Carlos Avila Martinez (from Argentina) and brothers Salvador Recoba Raso and  Jesus Ngema Ndong Bindang (from Equatorial Guinea, Africa, the new foundation of Malabo). Brother Nestor Ruben Morales Gutierrez (from Cuba) belongs to the province of Betica. The other five brothers : Antonio Paulo Manuel, Mariano Dinha Domingos, Inacio Kambambi Katchilingi, Lazaro Santos Estevao Sandala and Tomas Chissambo Luis, from Angola (Provincial Vicariate of Angola), are sons of the province of Portugal. The vestition ceremony took place during the Eucharistic celebration presided by brother Miguel de Burgos, Prior Provincial of Betica, in the Church of Saint Thomas Aquinas Convent of Seville. It was attended by the provincials of Spain, Aragon, Portugal and the Vicar of the Vicariate of Spain of the Province of the Holy Rosary. Also present was brother Miguel Angel del Rio, Socius of the Master of the Order for the Iberian Peninsula, Italy and Malta. The novices received the habit of the Order from their respective Provincial. After their novitiate, the brothers will return to their respective entities for institutional studies. Let us pray for these young people who are committed to follow Christ in the Order of Preachers which is celebrating the Jubilee of the 800 years of its confirmation by Pope Honorius III in 1216. Let us pray also for the Inter-Africa (IAOP), which celebrates 40 years of its existence, since the first meeting of the Dominicans living in sub-Saharan Africa which took place in April 1976 in Ibadan, Nigeria, from the initiative of Brother Vincent de Couesnongle, then Master of the Order of Preachers. Let us also keep in our prayers, the Mini-summit of IAOP to be held in December in Luanda, Angola to assess the implementation of the decisions of the 12th General Assembly of the IAOP held in Nairobi, Kenya, in July 2014. Among other the issues, are the inter-African common novitiates. Fr. Gabriel Samba, op    (26 November 2015) Article date: Thursday, November 26, 2015Date overload: Thursday, November 26, 2015Category Home: Life of the OrderCategory Location: AfricaCategory Tag Topics: Spirituality / prayer / liturgyRising newsletter: Rising newsletter

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  • Local commemorations of the fourth-century martyr Saint Peter of Alexandria will take place on Nov. 25 and 26. Although his feast day in the Western tradition (on the latter date) is no longer a part of the Roman Catholic Church’s universal calendar, he remains especially beloved among Catholic and Orthodox Christians of the Egyptian Coptic tradition. Tradition attests that the Egyptian bishop was the last believer to suffer death at the hands of Roman imperial authorities for his faith in Christ. For this reason, St. Peter of Alexandria is known as the “Seal of the Martyrs.â€� He is said to have undertaken severe penances for the sake of the suffering Church during his lifetime, and written letters of encouragement to those in prison, before going to his death at the close of the “era of the martyrs.â€� Both the date of Peter’s birth, and of his ordination as a priest, are unknown. It is clear, however, that he was chosen to lead Egypt’s main Catholic community in the year 300 after the death of Saint Theonas of Alexandria. He may have previously been in charge of Alexandria’s well-known catechetical school, an important center of religious instruction in the early Church. Peter’s own theological writings were cited in a later fifth-century dispute over Christ’s divinity and humanity. In 302, the Emperor Diocletian and his subordinate Maximian attempted to wipe out the Church in the territories of the Roman Empire. They used their authority to destroy Church properties, imprison and torture believers, and eventually kill those who refused to take part in pagan ceremonies. As the Bishop of Alexandria, Peter offered spiritual support to those who faced these penalties, encouraging them to hold to their faith without compromise.  One acute problem for the Church during this period was the situation of the “lapsed.â€� These were Catholics who had violated their faith by participating in pagan rites under coercion, but who later repented and sought to be reconciled to the Church. Peter issued canonical directions for addressing their various situations, and these guidelines became an important part of the Eastern Christian tradition for centuries afterward. Around the year 306, Peter led a council that deposed Bishop Meletius of Lycopolis, a member of the Catholic hierarchy who had allegedly offered sacrifice to a pagan idol. Peter left his diocese for reasons of safety during some portions of the persecution, giving Meletius an opening to set himself up as his rival and lead a schismatic church in the area. The “Meletian schismâ€� would continue to trouble the Church for years after the death of Alexandria’s legitimate bishop. Saint Athanasius, who led the Alexandrian Church during a later period in the fourth century, claimed that Meletius personally betrayed Peter of Alexandria to the state authorities during the Diocletian persecution. Although Diocletian himself chose to resign his rule in in 305, persecution continued under Maximinus Daia, who assumed leadership of the Roman Empire’s eastern half in 310. The early Church historian Eusebius attests that Maximinus, during an imperial visit to Alexandria, unexpectedly ordered its...