March 2015 meeting – and new study book

The next meeting is Saturday, March 14th at the usual place and time:

St. Albert the Great Priory
3150 Vince Hagan Drive
Irving, TX 75062
(near Holy Trinity Seminary and the University of Dallas)

Formation meetings take place at 2:00, followed by the general meeting at 3:00.

Please come and join us for prayer, study, and fellowship!  Newcomers and guests are welcome!

Our new study book is Mysticism and Prophecy: the Dominican Tradition by Richard Woods, OP.

mysticism and prophecy coverWe will be discussing chapter 1 tomorrow.  As always, we will also be studying the Gospel scripture for the coming Sunday:

Gospel Jn 3:14-21

Jesus said to Nicodemus:
“Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert,
so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him might not perish
but might have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but that the world might be saved through him.
Whoever believes in him will not be condemned,
but whoever does not believe has already been condemned,
because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
And this is the verdict,
that the light came into the world,
but people preferred darkness to light,
because their works were evil.
For everyone who does wicked things hates the light
and does not come toward the light,
so that his works might not be exposed.
But whoever lives the truth comes to the light,
so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.

February 2015 meeting

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, February 14th.

We will be discussing one of the patronesses of the Dominican Laity, St. Catherine of Siena, using the Web site Drawn by Love.  Please begin by reading the 3-page summary of her life and teaching.  Then, please browse the site and select one of the many links to reflect upon and share with the group.

As always, we will meet at St. Albert the Great Priory (3150 Vince Hagan Drive, Irving, TX 75062).  Formation groups meet at 2:00, followed by the general meeting at 3:00.  All are welcome, including first-time visitors!

Decemeber 2014 Meeting

Dear Brothers and Sister in Dominic,

Our monthly meeting will remain scheduled as planned for the second Saturday of the month.  So, the next meeting will be December 13th at 3:00 p.m at St. Albert the Great Priory.

Continuing inquirers and candidates will meet at 2:00p.m. prior to the general meeting.

We will begin with our Circle Preaching for the Gospel reading, the Third Sunday of Advent, December 14.  (John 1:6-8, 19-28). We encourage input from everyone so please read, study, pray and prepare ahead of time.  It is a beautiful passage so bring your Bible.

Also, we will discuss the fourth and final 4 of the New Wine book.  Bring your text.

I am joyful to share with you that we have two inquirers, first year candidates, Cheryl Dixon and Jennifer Burgin, who will be making their Rite of Admission into the Dominican Family.  Good news!  The celebration will occur in the context of Sunday Mass, Dec 14,  at the priory.  Mass begins at 11:15.  Reception to follow. Please bring a refreshment, pastry or fruit, to share.

Lastly, if you would like to suggest a book, article, or encyclical that you want the family to study in 2015, please offer your suggestions.

Blessings in Dominic,

Dallas Lay Dominicans

November 2014 meeting

Please join us Saturday, November 8th, for our monthly meeting at St. Albert the Great Priory.  Newcomers are always welcome!  Formation classes begin at 2:00, and the general meeting begin at 3:00.  Come enjoy an afternoon of prayer, study, and fun fellowship. Please feel free to contact us for more information.  Also see the previous post for information about the book we are currently reading. Have a blessed November!

Book discussion for September – December 2014

new wine cover

The New Wine of Dominican Spirituality: a Drink Called Happiness

fr. Paul Murray, OP

 We discussed chapter 1 of this book today at our September meeting.  The chapter is titled “What is Dominican Spirituality?” and the answer, as paraphrased by one of our brethren is “There is no answer!”  I think we all agreed that it’s a good thing there is no simple answer.  Within the structure of the Four Pillars and the Rule and Constitution of the Order, Dominicans are largely free to move wherever and however the Holy Spirit leads us.  As Murray writes:

Because it is a preacher’s vocation, the Dominican vocation is, in its essence, a dynamic vocation.  It is shaped, therefore, not only by its own pre-established laws and constitutions, but by the demands of history and the needs of the hour. … [It] always forms part of a life lived in response to the needs of others and to the demands of the Gospel at any given moment. (p. 43-44)

Murray describes very well the “dynamic” nature of Dominican life, a life of contemplation and action, of eternal things and temporal things, of loving and serving God and humanity. It can be a hectic life–but it is always a joyful life!

For our October 11th meeting, we will be discussing chapter 2: “Dominicans and Happiness.”  Stay tuned!

Purchase The New Wine of Dominican Spirituality here.

Also recommended is Murray’s In the Grip of Light: the Dark and Bright Journey of Christian Contemplation.

Year of the Dominican Laity Congress – August 7 – 9, 2014

The What . . .

…“an opportunity for the entire Dominican family to renew the Order for the sake of its fidelity to its preaching mission; an opportunity for the Order to enter into a dynamic process of renewal.

… “to direct our attention to Lay Dominicans in a context in which the Order of Preachers is particularly called for a renewal of zeal for evangelization. It is a time to reflect on the laity and their essential role in witnessing and proclaiming the Gospel.”

…Celebrating the Feast of St. Dominic with the Dominican Family.


Dallas/Fort Worth Airport Marriott
8440 Freeport Pkwy, Irving, TX 75063
(972) 929-8800

The Speakers . . .

fr. Don Goergen, OP — Keynote

Ms. Cynthia Donnelly, OP — Preaching & the Holy Spirit

Mr. Sean Mundy — Young Adults & the Dominican Charism

fr. John Markey, OP — Vatican II Preaching in the21st Century

fr. Wayne Cavalier, OP, Congar Institute — Empowering Laity in a New Century

Sr. Anne Willits, OP, Sinsinawa

Sr. Margaret Ormond, OP, Sister of Peace

fr. John Restrepo, OP, Preaching the Rosary in the 21st Century

fr. Rui Lopes, OP, Promoter of the Laity

Mr. Michael Chapman, Dominican Volunteers USA

The Cost . . . .

Registration Fee is $50.00. To register, either go on-line and complete the registration form there and pay the registration fee with a major credit card at or mail your completed registration form with a check for the registration fee to the Provincial Treasurer :

Please make checks payable to SOUTHERN DOMINICAN PROVINCE

Mrs. Christine Larousse, OP
1001 Hyland Drive, Lockport, LA 70374
(985) 532-3850

Hotel rooms are $119.00 per night. Room occupancy can be single or up to 4 persons at the 119.00 rate. Reservations to be made by individual with Marriott 1-800-228-9290 or on-line by clicking the link on the Southern Province website (

The Schedule…

 Year of the Dominican Laity Schedule

The 2014 Year of the Dominican Laity Congress is a collaborative project of the North American Dominican Laity and hosted by the Dominican Laity of the St. Martin de Porres.

Saturday Meeting

Dear Preachers:

I am looking forward to seeing you all here at the priory.

Here’s a heads up—–

The board of the Congar Institute will be meeting here as well. They will be in the library, we can meet in the recreation room. The Congar Institute was founded by one of our friars (and a dear friend) Wayne Cavalier, OP. The purpose was to provide theological input and resource people in English and Spanish for poor dioceses that lack that type of personnel. The board consists of theologians from diverse schools in this half of the country.

Don’t forget that we will be discussing chapters 3 and 4 of the apostolic exhortation tomorrow. Bro Joseph is preaching at evening prayer (5:20 PM) and you are welcome to stay.


Fr. Jude

April 2014 Meeting

Please join us for the Dallas Lay Dominican Meeting this Saturday, April 12, 2014, at St. Albert’s Priory.


Bring your Bible, writing utensil(s), and a journal or writing pad

Inquirers and Candidates will meet at 2:00

General Meeting at 3:00

  • Gathering, Fellowship, Food, and Name Tags
  • Opening Prayer
  • Dominican Saint Highlighted this Month – Joseph Stinson
  • Minutes from Last Meeting – Heather Barrett
  • Treasury Report and Current Monthly Collection – Debbie Russell
  • Dominican Study The Joy of the Gospel Facilitated by Father Jude
  • Liturgy of the Hours in the Chapel

Your Sins are Forgiven

Dear Brothers and Sisters:
   Someone asked the question, “How can I stop feeling guilty about sins I have already confessed?”
If an old sin returns to your mind, I hope this response will help you.
Blessings this Lenten Season,
Cheryl Denise Pumphrey
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How can I stop feeling guilty, sometimes even after I’ve confessed and repented my sins?

  1. The main way to not feel guilty is to not BE guilty.

  2. However, if we have sinned and we have a properly formed conscience, we will feel guilty almost immediately after sinning, if not during sinning. A good conscience helps us have quick guilt, quick repentance, and then no guilt.

  3. If we still feel guilty after repenting and confessing our sins, we should not “re-confess” the forgiven sins again in the Sacrament. By faith we should refuse to doubt that God the Father has forgiven us. We should thank our Father for forgiving us, even if we don’t feel forgiven.

  4. Our false guilt may indicate we need healing. However, if we are still burdened by guilt after receiving others’ prayers for healing, we should ask Jesus and the Holy Spirit to reveal to us the Father’s immeasurable love and mercy towards us. A deep awareness of our Father’s personal love for us will dispel false guilt.  This false guilt is not from above. 

  5. Finally, we must remember God’s nature; God IS Love.  He yearns to forgive us. Recall the lives of the saints.  In Scripture look at the life of King David, St. Peter, Mary Magdalene, etc.  All the people, from all social levels and ethnicities, came to Christ.
    Scripture says, “ And Jesus healed them all.”  Matt 12:15

Previncial Website and 2014 Congress Information

Dear brothers and sisters in Dominic, Catherine, and Martin.
Please visit our Provincial Website ( ) to read the Master of the Order’s letter. “2014 Year  of the Dominican Laity and Preaching.” As part of the Novena which end in the 2016 800th Anniversary of the Founding of the Order of Preachers, the theme of 2014 is The Dominican Laity and Preaching, “Your sons and daughters shall prophesy, your old me shall dream dreams, your young shall see visions” Joel 3:1.
To celebrate this Year of the Dominican Laity, our Province will be celebrate this occasion with a Congress August 6 – 9 at the Marriott DFW in Irving Texas. The registration fee will be $50 and the room rate at the hotel is $119 plus tax. (If you room with three other people, your portion of the room expenses will 29.75 plus taxes per day). If we are able to raise enough money through our fundraising efforts, the registration fee will be reduced. Please check our Website,, for information about a handmade quilt with the image of Martin de Porres. Mr. Rick Danner, O.P., of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist Group in Pensacola, FL is the quilter. He describes the quilt as:
     a “Folkloric” style Martin de Porres art quilt for a provincial wide quilt raffle to raise
    funds for the 2014 Congress
You may take a chance on winning this quilt on our Website.
The Executive Council thanks you for all you are doing in your Chapters and Groups and for the Province.
Dominican Blessings,
Your Executive Council