Living Our Legacy – Join us…


As a part of the Southern Province’s celebration of the 800th anniversary of the founding of the Order, the Province is hosting a conference for the Dominican family – friars, sisters, laity – and our many friends and benefactors – that will provide an opportunity to gather as brothers and sisters united by our shared history and our love of the Order.

We invite you to join us at this once-in-a-lifetime event!

Organized around the four pillars of Dominican life, the weekend will feature time for prayer and community along with a program that will delve deeply into both the ministerial and intellectual traditions of the Order. The theme of the conference centers on the collaborative partnership of the patron of our Province, St. Martin de Porres and the first saint canonized in the Americas, St. Rose of Lima. As spiritual companions and ministerial partners dedicated to providing health care to Lima’s poorest outcasts, their love of God leading to love for the poor provides a model for living the preferential option for the poor worthy of emulating.

Date and Location

The conference will be held on October 21- 23, 2016 in Dallas, Texas at the DFW Airport Marriott Hotel. We have secured an excellent room rate of $119.00 per night and the hotel provides transportation to and from the airport.

Opening Session and Keynote Presentation

On Friday evening, our opening keynote presentation is being co-sponsored by the University of Dallas Ann and Joe O. Neuhoff School of Ministry and will feature three extraordinary individuals; Fr. Bruno Cadoré, OP, Master of the Order of Preachers, Fr. Gustavo Gutiérrez, OP, noted theologian who is widely known as the “father of liberation theology,” and Dr. Paul Farmer, the internationally recognized humanitarian physician and co-founder of Partners In Health. The program will be moderated by Sr. Barbara Reid, OP, Dean at the Catholic Theological Union. The conversation will be based on the best-selling book In the Company of the Poor, which was co-authored by Dr. Farmer and Fr. Gustavo with a preface by Fr. Bruno and all conference attendees will be given a copy of the book. This keynote presentation will be open to the wider Dallas community.

Saturday Presentations

During the day on Saturday, Dominican friars, sisters and laity will offer presentations that will explore the lives of St. Martin de Porres and St. Rose of Lima from a variety of theological and spiritual perspectives including Scripture, preaching, spiritual companionship and social justice. These presentations are intended to engage the participants both intellectually and affectively and deepen their understanding of the ways in which the Dominican charism shaped the lives and actions of St. Martin and St. Rose, and how this relates to our own lives as Dominicans.

Prayer and Community

Morning prayer, evening prayer and Mass will be celebrated during the conference in a dedicated worship space and we are looking forward to some wonderful Dominican preaching and fantastic music. Meal times will be arranged to provide space and time for conversation and sharing. On Saturday evening, there will be a special dinner and program to celebrate our 800th Anniversary. The conference will close with a Sending Forth blessing by the Master of the Order.

2016 Dominican Family Conference Brochure



Celebrate the Jubilee!

Please join us as we celebrate our 800 year Jubilee!

The Dominican Priory of St. Albert the Great will have a celebration on the following feast days:

  • Thursday, 28 Jan 2016 – St. Thomas of Aquinas
  • Friday, 29 Apr 2016 – St. Catherine of Sienna
  • Monday, 08 Aug 2016 – Holy Father Dominic
  • Thursday, 03 Nov 2016 – St. Martin de Porres

Everyone is welcome to attend. Our celebrations will start at 7pm on each feast day and will have a:

  • Solemn Vespers Service
  • Presentation about the Saint of the Day
  • Social Gathering

St. Albert the Great Priory is located near near Holy Trinity Seminary and the University of Dallas:

3150 Vince Hagan Drive
Irving, TX 75062

January 2016 Meeting

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Please join us for our monthly Dominican Laity meeting on Saturday, January 9th at:

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

Come and join us for prayer, study, and fellowship!

Formation meetings is from 2:00-3:00 pm.
The general meeting starts at 3:15 pm.

Bring your Bible, writing materials, and light snack.

Please read Gospel Reading for Sunday, January 10th (Baptism of the Lord): Luke 3:15-16, 21-22.

Peace and joy of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph!

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