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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 Weekends

    'Come and See' Weekends 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' weekend is in Sydney, NSW: 

    In this Year of Consecrated Life, the Sydney Dominican Priory will be holding a Come and See Discernment Day for young men on April 25th. Join us as we commemorate ANZAC Day with talks on vocational discernment in general, on religious life in all its various flavours, as well as personal testimonies from a Dominican priest and brother. Accommodation is available for those wishing to fly in from interstate. For more information or to register, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



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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.

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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  • Language English Sadly, xenophobia is again on the agenda in South Africa. In May 2008 a series of riots left more than sixty people dead, creating a lasting fear amongst foreigners. Xenophobic violence never stopped after that but it remained more or less under control. This month xenophobic attacks reach alarming levels for a second time. The exact number of casualties is not known because many are not reported in the media. In Pietermaritzburg, where we have a Dominican priory, Musa and Siyabonga, two young people to whom I have spoken, saw dead bodies of foreigners in West Street, near the train station and under a bridge in Mayor’s Walk. Some of the killers came singing and dancing from an informal settlement called Masukwane. It was frightening. Episodes of xenophobic violence were also reported in Imbali, the biggest black township of Pietermaritzburg, and in Northdale. Businesses and private houses occupied by foreigners have been looted and burned. Hundreds of expatriates have abandoned their houses and their belongings and returned to their countries of birth, some of them after many years of peaceful existence in South Africa. There were some incidents against Pakistani and Bangladeshi in the Johannesburg area at the beginning of April, but xenophobia really started in Durban ten days ago. From there it spread to Pietermaritzburg and Johannesburg, especially around hostels occupied by Zulu people. Alexandra, a black township north of Johannesburg, is particularly affected. The responsibility of Goodwill Zwelithini, the Zulu king – a traditional leader who has no constitutional power but commands respect in the Zulu population, the biggest ethnic group in the country, and receives a comfortable salary from the government – in the upsurge of violence is undeniable. A few days before it started in Durban he asked, in a speech in Pongola, that “those who come from outside our country pack up their belongings and go back to where they come from”. He stubbornly refused to apologise, pretending, against all evidence, that his speech had been misinterpreted. Some of the killers explicitly referred to his speech when attacking foreigners. It took a few days for the government to react. President Jacob Zuma interrupted a trip in Indonesia. Some of the killers have been arrested. It remains to be seen if they will be prosecuted. In 2008 very few were. We have been told that the army would be deployed in the KwaZulu-Natal province but we are still waiting. Civil society is mobilised. There are meetings, public statements and petitions everywhere. Stan Muyebe, a Dominican brother who heads the Justice and Peace Commission of the Southern African Bishops’ Conference, told me of the campaigns made by the churches, mostly at the ecumenical level, to denounce the violence against foreigners and organise support for them. This new episode of xenophobic violence concerns the Southern African Dominican vicariate because more than half of its members are foreigners. They come from countries, Zimbabwe and Malawi for example, which lost citizens during the attacks of the past few days. Fortunately none of us was attacked. The good news is that the universities of the countries, where no less than 70,000 foreigners are enrolled, were not affected. This being said, foreign students suffer from another form of xenophobia. In recent years it has become increasingly difficult for non-South Africans to obtain work or study permits. The Home Affairs Department, the South African police and the South African embassies in the various countries multiply the obstacles for those who try to study or work in South Africa. Why this violence? It is, one should say, a bad response to a real problem. The gap between the poor and the rich keeps increasing in South Africa. By and large the ANC government has not kept its promises. There are resources in the country but they do not reach the poor because of corruption and inefficiency at all levels of government. During the past five years violent protests against the lack of delivery have multiplied. The recent xenophobic attacks resemble these protests. They have the same roots. A more general problem is the absence of a coherent policy to welcome foreigners. From that point of view South Africa is not very different from Europe, North...

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

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  • On April 28, the universal Church celebrates the feast day of Louis-Marie de Monfort, a 17th century saint who is revered for his intense devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. St. Louis-Marie is perhaps most famously known for his prayer of entrustment to Our Lady, “Totus Tuus ego sum,â€� which means, “I am all yours.â€� The late-Pope John Paul II took the phrase “Totus Tuusâ€� as his episcopal motto. Born in Montfort, Brittany, on January 31, 1673, St. Louis-Marie possessed a strong devotion to the Blessed Sacrament as a child, and was also intimately devoted to the Blessed Virgin, especially through the Rosary. He took the name Marie at his confirmation. The saint manifested a love for the poor while he was at school and joined a society of young men who ministered to the poor and the sick on school holidays. When he was 19, he walked 130 miles to Paris to study theology, gave all he had to the poor that he met along the way and made a vow to live only on alms. After his ordination at 27, he served as a hospital chaplain until the management of the hospital resented his reorganization of the staff and sent him away. St. Louis-Marie discovered his great gift for preaching at the age of 32, and committed himself to it for the rest of his life. He met with such great success that he often drew crowds of thousands to hear his sermons in which he encouraged frequent communion and devotion to Mary. But he also met with opposition, especially from the Jansenists, a heretical movement within the Church that believed in absolute Predestination, in which only a chosen few are saved, and the rest damned. Much of France was influenced by Jansenism, including many bishops, who banished St. Loius-Marie from preaching in their dioceses. He was even poisoned by Jansenists in La Rochelle, but survived, though he suffered ill health after. While recuperating from the effects of the poisoning, he wrote the masterpiece of Marian piety, "True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin," which he correctly prophesied would be hidden by the devil for a time. His seminal work was discovered 200 years after his death.One year before he died, St. Louis-Marie founded two congregations: the Daughters of Divine Wisdom – which tended to the sick in hospitals and the education of poor girls, and the Company of Mary, missionaries devoted to preaching and to spreading devotion to Mary.