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

April 29 – Feast Day of St. Catherine of Siena – 5 Wednesdays Preparatio​n

Dear Dominican Brothers and Sisters:
    This is a most excellent time to begin our devotion to St. Catherine in preparation for her feast day.  It may be said for five Wednesdays, morning and evening.
     March 27, April 3, April 10, April 17, April 24…Feast Day of St. Catherine is April 29th…
     Have you heard of an express novena or an express devotion?  Rather than weekly, it may be said for five days in a row.
     If you should skip a day, ask for grace and continue.  Our Lord and His servants are generous and gracious.
Read slowly, meditate, and have faith,

July 2012 Meeting

Dear Lay Dominicans and Inquirers:

Our next meeting will be on July 8th at St. Albert the Great Priory, located across from the Seminary and adjacent to the University of Dallas.

Our topic will be Spiritual Direction, presented by Cheryl Denise Pumphries.  She will be drawing on the teachings of St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas, and largely basing her talk on the book she recommends: “Spiritual Direction in the Dominican Tradition.”  There is no pre-meeting reading expected, but if you would like further reading the optional book information is  below.


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Spiritual Direction in the Domincian Tradition

Our schedule for the 8th is as follows:

10:00  Inquirers class in the library
10:50   Liturgy of the Hours in the library, bring your prayer books/prayer apps or we can share
11:15:  Mass in the Chapel
12:00 or after Mass:  General meeting in the library
1:00:  Enjoy our sack lunches together!

Inquirers are welcome to join us for any or all parts of the day!

Looking ahead, there is an evening event on the feast day of St. Dominic on August 8th at University of Dallas.  Information about the event is on our website,

We will have our Annual Day of Reflection on August 18th, this year with our own Fr. Jude.  This will be in place of the regular meeting for August.  Possible topics/themes will be discussed over lunch on the 8th. 

We lately have had several inquiries about our group.  I would like to invite everyone to join us, and encourage all members to attend our meetings!
Yours in Christ,

Feast of St. Dominic Reception – Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Feast of St. Dominic

Wednesday, August 8
6 pm

Art History Building
Cost: Free

St. Dominic is a favored saint of many and is well know throughout the Church. Not only is he the founder of the Dominican Order, but he gave the Church the rosary in the form we pray today.

Join us on campus for an evening to learn about St. Dominic through discussion and fellowship with alumni and friends of UD. (Speakers will be announced soon.)

The event will take place in the Art History Building and an evening repast will be provided.

Contact Information
Alumni Relations
Date & Location
Date: 8/8/2012
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


Art History Building

May 2012 Meeting

Dear Lay Dominicans and Inquirers:

Just a reminder that we will be meeting a week later this month due to Mother’s Day.  So we will meet on May 20th, at the Dominican priory located adjacent to the University of Dallas.
In speaking with our provincial president, Col. Jo Ann Cotterman, she recommended that we return to praying the Liturgy of the Hours together.  So this month, I’d like to try praying the morning prayer before Mass in the library.  So the day will run as follows:
  • Inquirers class at 10AM in the library
  • Morning prayer at 10:50 in the library
  • Mass at 11:15
  • General Meeting after Mass, until about 1 or 1:15
  • Enjoy our sack lunches together
  • New inquirers, you are welcome to join us for any parts of the meeting that you wish!
Also, the Executive Council met in March and planned the following topics and dates for our general meetings.
  • April 11th:  David Toups gave a wonderful presentation on “Avoiding Distractions in Prayer!”
  • May 20th:  St. Martin de Porres, moderated by Annette Butler
  • June 10th:  Psalms, moderated by Barry Burton
  • July 8th:  Spiritual Direction presented by Cheryl Denise Pumphries
  • August 4th or 11th:  Annual day of Reflection
  • September 9th:  St. Louis de Montfort
  • October 14th: Reflections on mysteries of the Rosary
  • November 11th:  How the Bible Came About, presented by Bill Malloy
  • December 9th:  The Holy Trinity, presented by Barry Burton and Cheryl Denise Pumphries
  • January 13th:  Election of Officers

St. Martin de Porres, ora pro nobis!

Born:  December 9, 1579
Died:  November 3, 1639
Feast: November 3
Often associated with: a dog, a cat, a bird, and a mouse eating together from a same dish; broom, crucifix, rosary, a heart
Please see the attached reading regarding this great saint and these links regarding St. Martin de Porres.
Hope to see everyone on the 20th!
In Christ,

October 2011 Meeting

Dear Lay Dominicans and Inquirers:

We will have our monthly Lay Dominican meeting next Sunday, Oct. 9th at St. Albert’s Priory, located near the Holy Trinity Seminary, adjacent to the University of Dallas.  As usual, our meeting will begin after the 11:15 Mass, in the library.  Following the meeting we will have our sack lunches, then pray the rosary together.  The inquirers class will begin at 10AM in the library.  Newcomers are welcome to come for any part of the meetings.

St. Thérèse of Lisieux, ora pro nobis!

This month we will consider the spirituality of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, her “little way.”  We will discuss the compatibility of her way of thinking to a Dominican lifestyle.  To prepare, please take a few moments to read a little about this great saint and her way of loving God.

This month’s meeting will be led by Bill Malloy.  I’ll see you in November!

In Christ,

Annette Butler