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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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  • Auteur: Fr. Louis-Marie OP

  • Language English On Friday, the first of three rounds of displaced Iraqi children made their First Communion in a refugee camp in Erbil, providing a silver lining to an otherwise bleak situation. Out of the 5,500 people living in Erbil’s Aishty 2 camp for the displaced, the majority – more than 2,000 – are children. Of these, 470 will make their First Communion in the coming weeks. The number of children receiving the sacrament is up from last year’s class, which numbered about 400. ince this year’s number of recipients is so high, the children have been divided into three groups. The first, numbering around 175, made their First Communion on Friday, May 27. Next Friday, June 3, a second group of about 145 will receive the Eucharist, while the third and final group of about 150 will receive the sacrament Friday, June 10. All of the children are from the Syriac-Catholic rite, and most fled the city of Qaraqosh, the former Christian capitol of Iraqi Kurdistan, with their families when ISIS militants attacked the night of Aug. 6, 2014. The May 27 Mass for the first group was celebrated by Syriac-Catholic Archbishop of Mosul Yohanno Petros Moshe in the camp’s large, prefabricated church. With a capacity for roughly 800 people, the church started out as a tent when the Christian refugees first poured into Erbil two years ago, asking for a place to pray. Now it serves as the main parish for the city’s Aishty camp, which is the largest in Erbil and is divided into three smaller camps: Aishty 1, 2 and 3. The majority of people in the camp are from Qaraqosh, which is where the former See of their Church had been located before ISIS’ assault in 2014. After moving the official See of their Church from Mosul to Qaraqosh several years ago due to both security concerns and the fact that most of the faithful resided in the city, Syriac-Catholics have now been left without any official diocese or headquarters whatsoever. Now residing in a largely Chaldean dominated Erbil, they have been welcomed by the local Church and are working daily to keep up the spirits of their faithful, who face an uncertain future in the country. For nearly 500 children to receive their First Communion in the camp is a sign of hope in a place where the flame of Christianity is flickering, growing dangerously closer to burning out. Another sign of hope for Iraq’s Christians was the March ordination of four deacons in the same prefabricated parish. They are now working with refugees around the clock, and will likely be ordained priests in a few months’ time. Three of the deacons, alongside the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena – who largely make up the backbone of Erbil’s extensive displaced Christian community – have been in charge of teaching the children’s catechesis in scripture and liturgy. By Elise Harris   (29 May 2016) Link "read more": http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/iraqi-refugee-children-make-first-communion-in-erbil-camp-73731/title link "read more": CNAArticle date: Sunday, May 29, 2016Date overload: Sunday, May 29, 2016Category Home: The best of the WebCategory Location: Asia / PacificCategory Tag Topics: Justice and PeaceMissionRising newsletter: Rising newsletter

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  • Auteur: noreply@blogger.com (Vivian Boland OP)

  • Language English The Master of the Order, fr Bruno Cadoré has appointed Fr Rolando de la Rosa Valenzuela as the new Rector Magnificus of the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) Rome. Fr Rolando is a son of the Province of the Philippines and he succeeds Fr. Miroslav Konštanc Adam. Born in Manila in 1953, Fr Rolando entered the Order and made his first religious profession of vows in 1974. In 1983, he was ordained to the priesthood. He has studied at the Aquinas University of Legazpi, Legazpi City, the Dominican House of Studies, the University of Santo Tomas (UST) and the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. He has; Bachelors in Sacred Theology and Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy, Masters of Arts in Higher Education, Licentiate in Sacred Theology and two Doctorates in Sacred Theology and Higher Education Studies. Soon after his ordination, Fr Rolando started teaching at the University of Santo Tomas and became a Full Professor in the Faculty of Sacred Theology in 1985. After serving as Acting Rector for a couple of months, he was appointed and served as the Rector of the Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas (the largest Catholic University in the world) for three terms, between 1990 to 1998 and between 2008 to 2012. Between his first and second term as Rector, he was the President and Rector of the Colegio de San Juan de Letran Calamba (2003-2004). He is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Sacred Theology at UST and the Director of UST Office for Grants, Endowments and Partnership in Higher Education. In the Province of the Philippines, he has also severed in various capacities over the years. In the civil society, tapping into his wealth of knowledge and experiences as an education administrator, he was appointed as the Chairman of the Commission on Higher Education of the Office of the President of the Philippines (2004-2005), President of the Association of Catholic Universities of the Philippines (1990-1998) and President of the International Council of Universities of Saint Thomas Aquinas (1996-1998). Fr Rolando has received several national and international awards. He has also published several books, editorial columns in newspapers and given speeches and presentations at national and international events. Fr Rolando will assume his new office on the 1st of September 2016 for a term of four years.   (28 May 2016) Article date: Saturday, May 28, 2016Date overload: Saturday, May 28, 2016Category Home: Official newsCategory Location: EuropeCategory Tag Topics: Study / intellectual life / theology

  • Auteur: Fr. Louis-Marie OP

  • Auteur: Mary Ellen Green, O.P.

  • Auteur: Fr. Jesús Duque O.P.

Saint of the Day

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  • Archbishop Antoni Julian Nowowiejski was was born in 1858, and beatified by Pope John Paul II on June 13, 1999, along with another 107 Poles who were martyred during World War II.The late archbishop of Plock, Poland, was arrested by the occupying Germans in 1940. He refused the chance to escape, saying he wouldn't desert his flock, and he also refused to profane Christian symbols. He died, after countless beatings, at the Nazi’s Dzialdowo death camp in 1941.