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21 September 2014: International Day of Prayer for Peace

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Post by:  Fr. Victor Laroche The 23rd of September will be the first day of autumn and the celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, will begin at sundown on the 24th of September 2014. In the meantime, the World Council of Churches (WCC) continues the tradition of calling on churches and parishes to observe the International Day of Prayer for Peace on the 21st of September, which is also the United Nations-sponsored International Day of Peace. Observances of the peace prayer day began in 2004 as part of the ecumenical Decade to Overcome Violence (2001-2010) after an agreement between [...]

Dominican Experience Weekend: October 17-19

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The Dominican Experience Weekend provides an opportunity for you to join other men discerning a vocation and take a deeper, more serious look at religious life. When you first come to realize God may be calling you to serve Him as a priest or brother, it seems as though you are the only person in the world with a vocation. Talking about it with your friends and family can be helpful to a certain point, but often your questions just don’t seem to make sense to them. This [...]

Provincial Reflections

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I first came to New Orleans as a newly ordained Dominican priest in the summer of 1988.  For the next five years, I served as campus minister at Tulane University. I enjoyed the ministry very much.  There was always a lot going on.  Students were always dropping by to chat, study, talk, or just hang out.  At that time, Tulane Catholic Center was also St. Thomas More Parish.  We were a parish for the Catholic Community (students/faculty/staff/alumni) at the University.  We had many activities, from retreats to service [...]

Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

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After seeing a couple of serious dramatic movies, I decided that Labor Day Weekend would be a good time to catch up on the summer’s biggest hit, Guardians of the Galaxy.  It’s a comic book adventure movie that has received good reviews and word of mouth.   I can understand the appeal of Guardians.  Many “comic book” movies are long and dark (e.g. the recent Batman movies).  Guardians of the Galaxy is relatively short at only two hours and does not take itself seriously.  In the movie, our [...]

Letter from the Master of the Dominican Order: A Plea for Urgent Action on Iraq

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A Plea for Urgent Action on Iraq to all World leaders and Member States of the United Nations by the Master of the Dominican Order (Order of Preachers), Fr Bruno Cadoré OP Excellencies, None of us can feel untouched by what is happening in Iraq at the moment. What we see happening there is screaming out for solidarity and a coordinated response to stop the extreme violation of human rights against defenceless minority groups who are deprived of their basic human dignity. This is violating International Humanitarian Law [...]