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Sep. 26
2016
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This past weekend St. Dominic Priory in St. Louis, where the Central Province and Southern Province Dominicans do their joint formation, hosted the Interprovincial Student Gathering. Each year, one of the four Dominican provinces in the U.S. hosts the gathering. Two brothers are then sent to attend the gathering from among the provinces that are not hosting for that year. The gathering features a series of talks and an opportunity for the student brothers to meet one another and discuss their experiences of formation in the studentate.


Fr. Benedict Viviano, OP delivering his talk to the student brothers Friday evening

 

This year twenty-four ...

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Tags: dominicans, Most Holy Name of Jesus, Order of Preachers, St. Albert the Great, St. Joseph the Worker, St. Martin de Porres, vocations
Sep. 11
2016
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Thanks be to God! Today the Dominican Province of St. Albert the Great received three diocesan priests into the Priestly Fraternity of St. Dominic during Vespers. Congratulations to Fr. Philip Louis Bené (Tribunal), Fr. Christopher Henry Dominic Seiler (St. Gabriel), and Fr. Henry Pius Purcell (St. Simon the Apostle) from the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

 

 

The Priestly Fraternity of St. Dominic is a fraternity of diocesan priests that have special affiliation with the Dominican Order. The priests receive formation in the Dominican tradition, understanding the preaching charism and observances of the Rule for Priestly...

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Sep. 07
2016

First Reading: Wisdom 9:13-18b
Responsory Psalm: 90: 3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14-17
Second Reading: Philemon 1:9-10, 12-17
Gospel: Luke 14:25-33

 

 

This Sunday's Gospel has challenging language: Christ tells those who were following him - and us - that unless we "hate" "father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own life," we cannot be his disciples.  What are to make of this strong language?

 

 

This homily was given at the 10:00 am Mass at St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church in St. Louis, Missouri, where Br. Thomas More will be ministering as a deacon during his final year of initial formation. 

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Tags: homily, jesus, love, luke, preaching
Aug. 26
2016
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After the second year of studies, all student brothers complete a summer of CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) at a hospital. This program is designed to give the brothers (and clergy in general) experience in hospital ministry and to aid them in being formed as pastoral ministers.  The experience of working with patients at all stages of life and in encountering people facing difficult situations gives a person a lot to ponder. Because of this, the CPE program encourages its students to spend time doing both self reflection and theological reflection upon their experiences. This is done individually, with a group, and with their supervisor. The programs usually lasts between nine and twelve weeks, depending on the hospital that one serves at.

  

Mt Sinai Hospital...

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Tags: Clinical Pastoral Education, dominican friars, Summer Assignment
Jun. 12
2016
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Hope.

 

Our use of "hope" in everyday conversations isn't truly what is meant by "hope" as Saint Paul uses it in his letter to the N.  The "hope" he writes about is qualitatively different from "hope" that we place in people or things because our "hope" rests on someone who is perfect and will never abandon us.

 

Follow this link to hear Br. Thomas More's homily for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity.

(scroll down to May 2016)

 

Br. Thomas More was ordained to the diaconate on May 14, 2016.  This summer (2016) he is preaching at several of the Sunday...

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Tags: Communion, eucharist, God, homily, hope, preaching, Saint Paul, trinity
May. 03
2016
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The Apostolate of the Moon

...is the apostolate of being forgotten like the Holy Spirit, the forgotten God. 

The Moon has its roots in Latin Mensis and 
Greek men 'month' and also Latin Metiri 'to measure.' 
This is to indicate that the moon has been used to 
measure time, which explains the different phases of 
this earth satellite in aiding mankind before calendar 
was invented. In the similar way, a woman's menstrual 
cycle allows her body to prepare for pregnancy monthly 
when ovulation occurs. 

At nightfall, the Moon dominates the celestial space with its bright light reflecting from the sun.
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Feb. 24
2016
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800 years ago, St Dominic founded an order of friars dedicated to preaching the gospel for the salvation of souls. Ever since, men have responded to the Holy Spirit and the call from Dominic to go out and preach. Below is a list of questions and guidelines that serve as reminders, as an examen, specifically for the friars to live as Dominic envisioned. However, I firmly believe these questions are useful for all families, business, teams, and organizations desiring to live and function as Christian people. Simply change the word “brothers” and “friars” to your particular situation and “preaching” to your particular mission identity.

 

Do we preach as a community? (versus “my” preaching)?

How do we partner with our Nuns, apostolic sisters, and Laity to spread the gospel? Do I view them as important members of the preaching mission?

Do I seek input about my preaching?...

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Tags: charism, dominicans, examen, guidelines, prayer. community life, preaching, study, vows
Feb. 10
2016

This final talk from "The Virtues in Adoration" closes the conference. Br. Brian gave this talk on November 28th, 2015 at Blessed Sacrament Parish, working from a proclamation of 2 Corinthians 12:5–10. Readable copies of the talk are available for download (PDF Format / Word Format).

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Tags: 2 Corinthians 12, 34th Sunday, Blessed Sacrament Parish, Eucharistic Adoration, Madison, Virtues, weakness, Wisconsin
Feb. 03
2016

The ninth talk from "The Virtues in Adoration" is on the virtue of charity. Br. Brian gave this talk on November 21st, 2015 at Blessed Sacrament Parish, working from a proclamation of John 15:9-17. Readable copies of the talk are available for download (PDF Format / Word Format).

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Tags: 33rd Sunday, Blessed Sacrament Parish, charity, Eucharistic Adoration, gospel of john, john 15, Madison, Virtues, Wisconsin
Jan. 29
2016
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The following is a brief sermonette that I gave on January 28, 2016, to the students of Marian Middle School in St. Louis on the occasion of the Feast of St Thomas Aquinas.

 

Dear Marian Girls:

 

It is great to see you this morning, as this is an exciting morning for me as a Dominican and for all of my Dominican brothers.  As you can see, I am wearing my cappa, this black cape, which we wear for special occasions.  The special occasion is the feast day of St. Thomas Aquinas, probably the best known Dominican friar and one that I hope you grow to have a devotion to, as he is the patron saint of students. 

 

St Thomas Aquinas lived during the 13th century, the mid-to late 1200s in Italy.  As I said, he is the patron saint of students, but he was more than just a student.  He was a teacher, a writer of many letters, books, articles and more, including the first religion textbook...

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Tags: gifts, love, Non Nisi Te Domini, service, St Thomas Aquinas

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