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St. Albert Province
Friar Dominic Patrick McManus, Friar Joseph Michael Minuth, and Friar Cassian Kenneth Sama, of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), Province of St. Albert the Great, will be ordained to the priesthood on Saturday, May 14 at 6:30 pm, at St. Pius V Church, St. Louis, Missouri, by the Most Rev. John R. Gaydos, Bishop of Jefferson City, Missouri. Read more
Sister Mary Paul McCaughey, OP (Springfield) was named 2011 recipient of the National Catholic Education Association’s (NCEA) John F. Meyers Award at the NCEA’s annual convention and convocation in April. Also in April, Sister Mary Trinita Eddington, OP (Springfield) was awarded the Governor’s Initiative for Volunteer Excellence (GIVE) Marsha Meeks Kelly Award for Lifetime Achievement in Volunteer Service at a ceremony held in Jackson, Mississippi. Read more
St. Dominic Priory
Last year, the Dominican provinces of St. Albert the Great and Martin de Porres purchased the former Loretto Academy building in St. Louis. After some renovation, the building will become a priory for men in formation from both provinces. Built in 1908, the building is on the National Register of Historic Places. The St. Dominic Priory Building Project has its own web site, and the first tour of the priory is scheduled for Saturday, May 14. The priory is expected to be ready for occupancy this fall.
On Saturday, April 30, during the Eucharistic celebration for the Second Sunday of Easter, 29 women and men were welcomed into the Dominican Family by the Dominican Sisters of Houston. Having completed two years of initial formation learning about St. Dominic and the four pillars, they made a year-long commitment to live the Dominican charism. Read more
Are we morally responsible for the distant harms of our market transactions? If so, why? This book examines culpability for the injurious ripple effects of our market choices. Drawing insights from law, theology, economics, and social philosophy, it evaluates our moral complicity in others' economic wrongdoing or in collective market harms. Author Albino Barrera, OP, is professor of economics and theology at Providence College in Rhode Island. Read more
Friar in the News
Dominican Fr. Tony Wall is not a mall walker. He is a mall preacher. Fr. Tony spent a month at a mall in Portland, Oregon, making himself available to those who wanted to meet and talk with him. The story was featured in the Catholic Sentinel, a service of the Oregon Catholic Press. “People don't meet priests any more. We are hiding in the rectory,” said Fr. Tony in the Catholic Sentinel article. “Jesus sent people out on the road… St. Dominic was out in the crossroads and at the inns. He was not waiting for people to find him.” Read more
Dominican Sisters of Peace
The Dominican Sisters of Peace have established four justice committees: Peace and Nonviolence, Human Trafficking, Immigration, and Eco-Justice. Sister Judy Morris, OP, justice and peace promoter for the congregation, is eager to share news of what the sisters are doing, and hopes their work will inspire and encourage others. Read more
Faith and Film
Win Win is a new film written and directed by Thomas McCarthy, who gave us the excellent 2008 film The Visitor. McCarthy’s latest isn’t as good as his previous effort. However, like The Visitor, it presents characters which are flawed, but basically good and likeable, facing unexpected dilemmas in their lives. Read review by Tom Condon, OP.