This Sunday, we will meet again at 10 a.m. at the Dominican House of Studies for the
inquirers’ class. Attached is the three-page module that we will be discussing
on the laity in the church and the four pillars of the Dominican Order.
After the inquirers’ meeting, we will attend the 11:15 a.m. Mass with the friars.
Then there will be a pot-luck lunch (bring a non-dessert to share, if you can,
Shortly before 1 p.m, we will assemble for a business meeting to be followed by a
discussion, led by Steve Graves, on Matthew Chapter 10, which fits beautifully
into our morning discussion as it is the call to ministry of the Apostles.
If you have time, you may want to peruse Aquinas’ CATENA AUREA on Matthew Chapter 10, which has commentary from the Church fathers. See it online at:
After the chapter meeting, we will go to the chapel to chant Midday Prayer. Our
chaplain, Fr. John Baptist Ku, O.P., will be available for Confessions after
If you haven’t already told me, let me know if you can come or not.
Yours in Our Lady of Sorrows,
We have moved the inquirers’ class to St. Joseph’s Hall (where we have the
chapter meeting after Mass). The receptionist can direct you there.
“The purpose of Dominican formation is to produce people truly adult in faith and so able to hear, celebrate and proclaim the word of God.”
~ Rule, §11
“Study is not one activity [amongst others] of a Dominican; it should enter into every aspect of our life. It is part of the way that we grow in friendship with God, delight in His creation, and take pleasure in His presence. It is fundamental to our preaching, challenging us to wrestle with the complexity of human experience in its encounter with the gospel, moving us beyond facile answers that do not take seriously the people to whom we talk. Study belongs to our search for a new and more just world.”
~ fr. Timothy Radcliffe, O.P.
Dominican Spirituality – or way of life – is based on four pillars: Prayer, Study, Community and Apostolate.
“… moved by the Holy Spirit to live according to the spirit and charism of
Saint Dominic …”
~ Rule, §2
“… they are marked out by the particular style of their spiritual life and
of their service to God and to their neighbour in the Church. As members of the
Order, they share in its apostolic mission, by study, prayer and preaching in
keeping with their state as members of the laity. ”
~ Rule, §4
“How must we live, and what must we do, to fulfill our vocation as
men and women who proclaim the saving message of Christ so that it becomes a
burning reality in our own lives and in the lives of those to whom we are
~ fr. Damian Byrne, O.P.