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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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  • '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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  • 3-5: Meeting with Nuns in Krakow 7-18: Plenary Council Meetings at Santa Sabina 19-20: Visitation to Tirana, Albania 22-24: Visitation to Turkey 26-28: Visitation to Brussels, Belgium      Language English Order of preachers newsletter ENNewsletter identifier: IDI - n. 542Newsletter date: September 2015Link Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ordopraedicatorumLink twitter: https://twitter.com/Dominican_OrderBanner: The Beatification of Pio Alberto Del Corona, OPArticles: The Dominican Family in Indonesia Celebrates the Feast of St Dominic A DOMINICAN INITIATIVE FOR PEACE-BUILDING IN THE GREAT LAKES REGIONGetting to know the Dominican Nuns of Europa Utriusque regionIntroducing the UN Summit on Climate Change 2015A Moment of Inspiration at the Funeral Mass of Fr Martin Crowe, OPDominican Preaching in a hostile environment viz a viz Boko-Haram in NigeriaRADYO DOMINIKO NG MANAOAG: GOD’S VOICE HEARD THROUGH THE AIRWAVES FOR SEVEN YEARS NOWA VISIT TO IRELANDINTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE : DO RELIGIONS HAVE A SIGNIFICANCE FOR EUROPE? To Praise, To Bless, To Preach: The Value of Dominic in the Age of Big Personality Dominican Study Week on the Changing Landscape of the Family 2015 ASIA-PACIFIC COMMON STUDY: MISSION IN ASIA’S SHOPPING DISTRICTSad Anniversary for Christians in Northern IraqA Hard Reality: U.S. Bears Responsibility to Fix IraqDate calendar: September

  • Language English As the whole Dominican family celebarted the feast of its founder last August 8, 2015, a small part of the family had a wonderful time in Surabaya, Indonesia.  Priests from nearby parishes came - diocesan, Salesians, and Franciscans. True to our tradition, a Franciscan, fr Kees, OFM celebrated the mass and gave the homily.  He highlighted that the charism of both St. Dominic and St. Francis shone at a time when the Church needed it most.  With that he challenged all present to make a difference in the world and to share only the Gospel of Christ to all.  After the Mass the whole family gathered for some lunch and story-telling. We praise the Lord for such a successful event. Brother Nilo Lardizabal, OP   (02 September 2015) Article date: Wednesday, September 2, 2015Date overload: Wednesday, September 2, 2015Category Home: The best of the WebCategory Location: Asia / PacificCategory Tag Topics: Spirituality / prayer / liturgyRising newsletter: Rising newsletter

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Saint of the Day

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  • The September Martyrs are a group of 191 faithful Christians who were martyred at the hands of the French Revolution on September 2 and 3, 1792. After refusing to take an oath in support of the civil consititution of the clergy, an act condemned by the Vatican which placed Catholic priests under the authority and control of the state, these priests and religious brothers and sisters were imprisoned in a Carmelite convent and then massacred in the space of two days by bloodthirsty revolutionary mobs.They were beatified on October 17, 1926 by Pope Pius XI. Among the martyrs were Louis and Francis de la Rochefoucauld, the bishops of Saintes and Beauvais respectively, Apollinaris of Posat, John Francis Burte, Charles de la Calmette, Augustine Ambrose Chevreux, Andre Grasset de Saint Sauveur, John Mary de Lau, Severin Girault, Julian Massey, and Louis Barreau de la Touche.