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Living Our Legacy – Join us…

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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

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!

Book discussion for September – December 2014

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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.

April 2014 Meeting

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

Agenda

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
    APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION
    EVANGELII GAUDIUM OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS
  • Liturgy of the Hours in the Chapel

Previncial Website and 2014 Congress Information

Dear brothers and sisters in Dominic, Catherine, and Martin.
Please visit our Provincial Website ( laydomsouth.org ) 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, laydomsouth.org, 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

ICLDF Report

Dear brothers and sisters in Dominic, Catherine, and Martin,

I have attached the International Council of Lay Dominican Fraternities Report from the North American Representative, Dr. Gary Sims, O.P.

 Contemplare et contemplata aliis tradere
To contemplate and to bring to others the fruit of our contemplation

ReporttoDLIPC2014

March 2014 Meeting

Please join us for the Dallas Lay Dominican Meeting this Saturday, March 8, 2014, at St. Albert’s Priory.

Agenda

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
    APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION
    EVANGELII GAUDIUM OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS
  • Liturgy of the Hours in the Chapel

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