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Man and Woman in the Mystery of Christ: Advent Retreat at the Dominican House of Studies

On December 6, 2014, the St. Thomas Apostle Young Adults from St. Thomas Apostle Parish in Washington, DC will sponsor an Advent Retreat at the Dominican House of Studies. Young adults from the Washington, DC area are welcome to come for an afternoon of prayer, reflection, and fellowship.

This retreat will explore the example that Mary and Joseph provide for us as Christians. Guided by the teaching of Pope Francis and the Gospel, we will consider Mary and Joseph as exemplars of masculinity and femininity, and consider how the mystery of humanity is revealed to us in Jesus Christ. We will explore how Mary and Joseph teach us about the mystery and dignity of men and women as we try to be better human beings and disciples of Christ. We will meditate on how Christ reveals the mystery of humanity, seeing what Christ in his humanity and divinity helps us to understand about the human condition and our privileged sharing in the grace of God. The retreat will include Mass, food and fellowship, Adoration, talks by a Dominican friar and a Dominican sister, and time for silence as well as small group discussion.

Date & Time: December 6, 2014. 12:00-6:00pm; Activities include Mass, pizza lunch, and talks by Br. Innocent Smith, O.P. and Sister Mary Madeline, O.P.

Cost: $10 per person

Place: Dominican House of Studies, 487 Michigan Ave. NE, Washington, DC, 20017 (Metro: Brookland-CUA, Red line)

Registration: http://bit.ly/1qMTw2x
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Advent Lecture Series by Dominican Student Brothers

The Dominican Friars of the House of Studies are sponsoring an Advent lecture series entitled “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord: Renunciation and the Pursuit of Perfection.” Join us at any one of three locations for each installment in our series of three conferences, as we prepare together to welcome Jesus Christ into our hearts, homes, and families this Christmas. Looking to the witness of St. John the Baptist, who pointed awesomely and adamantly at Jesus, the coming Kingdom, we too seek to direct our lives to following Jesus through the mysteries of his life, from the crib to the cross. During this Year of Consecrated Life, we’ll gaze especially at the poor, chaste, and obedient Christ, who counsels all his followers to follow along that same royal road.

The lectures will be held at the following locations and times:

St. Dominic’s Church, Washington, DC — Tuesdays (Dec. 2, 9, and 16) at 7:00pm

St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Charlottesville, VA — Sundays (Dec. 7, 14, and 21) at 10:30am

Dominican House of Studies, Washington DC — Sundays (Dec. 7, 14, and 21) at 7:30pm

For more information, see the promotional flyer.

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Year of Consecrated Life Holy Hour at the Dominican House of Studies

Join the Dominican Friars in marking the inauguration of the Year of Consecrated Life announced by the Holy Father Pope Francis. The friars at the Dominican House of Studies welcome all to join them for a special celebration at 3:00 pm on Sunday, November 30th. Fr. Brian E. Daley, S.J., 2012 Recipient of the Ratzinger Prize in Theology, will preach and Fr. Luke Clark, O.P., will preside. There will be a light reception afterwards to celebrate the beginning of this new time of grace for the Church. All guests are also welcome to join the Dominican community for 5:20pm Rosary and Vespers.

3:00pm – Preached Holy Hour
4:00pm – Reception
5:20pm – Rosary & Evening Prayer

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New Lectors and Acolytes in the Church

On Saturday, November 8, the Prior Provincial of the Province of St. Joseph, the Very Reverend Kenneth R. Letoile, O.P., installed the fourteen first-year brothers to the Ministry of Lector. They are Brothers Augustine Marogi, O.P., Jordan Zajac, O.P., Thomas Martin Miller, O.P., Irenaeus Maria Dunlevy, O.P., Jonah Mary Teller, O.P., Ephrem Maria Reese, O.P., John Mark Solitario, O.P., Paul Mary Clarke, O.P., John Thomas Fisher, O.P., Hyacinth Grubb, O.P., Ambrose Arralde, O.P., Constantius Sanders, O.P., Albert Thomas Dempsey, O.P., and Anthony Michael Van Berkum.

Newly Installed Lectors

Newly Installed Lectors

Father Letoile also installed the eight second-year brothers to the Ministry of Acolyte. They are Brothers Isaac Augustine Morales, O.P., Nicholas Schneider, O.P., Antoninus Maria Samy, O.P., Justin Mary Bolger, O.P., John Paul Kern, O.P., Joseph Martin Hagan, O.P., Norbert Keliher, O.P., and John Dominic Bouck, O.P.

Newly Installed Acolytes

Newly Installed Acolytes

Blessed Paul VI describes the spiritual responsibilities of the lector and the acolyte in his Motu Proprio Ministeria Quaedam:

Aware of the office he has undertaken, the reader is to make every effort and employ suitable means to acquire that increasingly warm and living love and knowledge of Scripture that will make him a more perfect disciple of the Lord. […] As one set aside in a special way for the service of the altar, the acolyte should learn all matters concerning public divine worship and strive to grasp their inner spiritual meaning: in that way he will be able each day to offer himself entirely to God, be an example to all by his gravity and reverence in church, and have a sincere love for the Mystical Body of Christ, the people of God, especially for the weak and the sick.

For Fr. Letoile’s homily, click here. May the Lord bless the ministries of our brothers!

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A Dominican Blessed from the House of Studies – Fr. Antonio Varona Ortega, OP

On November 6 the Province of St. Joseph celebrates the memorial of Bl. Alphonsus Navarrete, OP, and Companions, known as the Martyrs of Japan. But November 6 is also a feast day for a Dominican martyr with a close connection to the Dominican House of Studies: Bl. Antonio Varona Ortega, OP, a student at the House from 1922-1924.

Antonio OrtegaBl. Antonio was one of the many, many martyrs of the Spanish Civil War beatified by Popes John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis. Bl. Antonio was born in Burgos, Spain, and made simple profession as a Dominican at Avila in 1918. He was sent to New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1922 and immediately traveled to Washington, DC to complete his theological studies at the Dominican House of Studies. He also studied across the street at the Catholic University of America from 1924-1926, completing a thesis titled “The Educational Work of the Dominicans in the Philippine Islands.” Bl. Antonio was ordained to the priesthood in 1926, sent as a missionary to the Philippines, where he taught at the Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Manila, until illness forced him to return to Spain in 1933. He moved to a number of facilities for treatment before being taken prisoner in 1936 by the Spanish Republican forces (Communists) and martyred on July 25, 1936. In 2008 the Province of St. Martin de Porres erected a monument to the Dominican martyrs, including Bl. Antonio, who had spent time in the Province.

In the homily at the Mass of Beatification of Bl. Antonio (along with 497 other martyrs from Spain) on October 28, 2007, Cardinal José Saraiva Martins spoke about what the martyrs have to teach us:

“The message of the Martyrs is a message of faith and love. We must examine ourselves courageously and make practical resolutions to discover whether this faith and this love are expressed heroically in our own lives; heroism also of faith and love in our action, as people inserted into history like the leaven that causes dough to rise properly.”

Bl. Antonio and all the Spanish Martyrs, pray for us!

Image: Photograph of Dominican studentate in 1923. The circled friar is most likely Bl. Antonio Varona Ortega, OP.

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A New Prior at St. Dominic Priory in DC

Jones Headshot

The friars of St. Dominic Priory in Washington, DC, have elected a new prior: Fr. Carleton Jones, OP. Fr. Jones brings much wisdom and experience to St. Dominic’s. Fr. Jones was an Episcopal clergyman before his conversion to the Catholic Church in 1982. He made simple profession in the Order of Preachers in 1984 and was ordained a priest in 1987. Since that time he has served in sundry ministries, including leadership of other priories and of parishes of the Province of St. Joseph, and chaplaincy to the Anglican Ordinariate community of Mount Calvary Church in Baltimore, MD. He was most recently chaplain to the All Saints Sisters of the Poor in Catonsville, MD. Fr. Jones holds an STD from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (“Angelicum”) in Rome and is a frequent lecturer on Bl. John Henry Cardinal Newman.

According to the Constitutions of the Dominican Order, the prior promotes the religious and apostolic life of the Dominican community, provides for the needs of the friars and ensures that friars fulfill their personal responsibilities. Fr. Jones will have his work cut out for him at St. Dominic’s, with recent legislation making it a House of Formation for Dominican students in the diaconate starting August 2015, a decision to help resolve space issues at the ever-growing House of Studies in Northeast DC. Alongside this new formation community and the growing parish community, St. Dominic’s is also home to the Center for Assisted Living of the Province, with a number of older friars living in the priory to receive care.

Image: St. Dominic’s Church interior

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Three Years and One Million Views for Dominicana Blog

Dominicana, an apostolate of the studentate of the Province of St. Joseph, recently received the 1,000,000th visit to its online blog. Begun in 1916 as a print journal published by the student brothers at the Dominican House of Studies, Dominicana was released quarterly until 1968. In Spring 2011, the print journal was revived, and has subsequently been published on a biannual basis. On September 14, 2011, the Dominicana blog was started as an additional medium of publication. Over the past three years, the blog has published almost nine hundred posts, ranging from essays on faith, culture, and liturgy to posts on hobbits, hobos, and House of Cards.
Please keep the student brothers in your prayers as they continue to engage in apostolic endeavors as part of their formation to be contemplative preachers of the Word. If you would like to support their work, subscribe to the Dominicana Journal or make a donation for the education and formation of our young friars.
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The Vigil of All Saints at the Dominican House of Studies

The Dominican House of Studies and the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception host the Vigil of All Saints this Friday, October 31, beginning at 7:30pm. Not a Mass or meant to substitute for the Mass, this prayer service takes place in the House Chapel and includes readings from various saints, preaching, the Litany of the Saints, a candlelight procession, and music provided by a musical schola made up of Dominican friars and sisters. All of these elements surround the Office of Compline (sung Night Prayer), the core of the night liturgy. A reception will follow the liturgy and confessions will be available throughout the evening.

This year’s reading selections consist of saints writing about other saints, featuring Bl. John Henry Newman on St. Philip Neri, St. John Paul II on St. Faustina Kowalska, Bl. Jordan on St. Dominic, and St. Gregory of Nyssa on St. Macrina. Br. Peter Gautsch, OP will offer the night’s preaching under the title: “Wrapped in Light as in a Robe: The Fire of Mercy.”

The Vigil of All Saints was originally developed by Fr. Vincent Serpa, OP, at St. Albert’s Priory in Oakland, CA during the 1990s. (Father Serpa wrote up a description of the Vigil for Catholic Answers in 2001). The Vigil at St. Albert’s, Oakland was adopted and adapted by a number of student brothers in Washington, and is offered annually at the Dominican House of Studies (Priory of the Immaculate Conception). It customarily attracts over 400 guests.

For more information about the Vigil this year, see the Dominican House of Studies website. Also, EWTN’s News Nightly covered the event last year at the end of the November 6th, 2013 show.

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Recent Thomistic Circles lectures available online!

For those interested in the Thomistic Circles conference at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC from October 3–4, all the lectures are now available online at the Thomistic Institute website. The conference, Vatican II in the 21st Century, focused on five major documents from the Council, their history of reception, and the promise they hold for the future of the Church. Lectures were given by Dr. R.R. Reno on Lumen Gentium, Fr. Gabriel O’Donnell, OP on Sacrosanctum Concilium, Fr. David Meconi, SJ on Presbyterorum Ordinis, Fr. Thomas Joseph White, OP on Gaudium et Spes, and Dr. Michael Waldstein on Dei Verbum.

For upcoming events sponsored by the Thomistic Institute, please see the website and blog.

Image: Fr. John Corbett, OP and Sr. Maria Kiely, OSB at the Thomistic Circles conference