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Memphis: Feast of St. Dominic at St. Peter Catholic Church


Every year on the Feast of St. Dominic, the Dominican Friars of Memphis pray Vespers with the St. Peter Catholic Community. After prayer, which includes preaching from one of the Friars, everyone gathers in the parish hall to enjoy fellowship and a family-style dinner. This year, Fr. Augustine DeArmond, the new Pastor of St. Peter Catholic Church, will preside and preach.  With the help of her parish cook team, Parishioner Melissa Petersen, Publisher & Editor of Edible Memphis, will provide the meal. One great benefit of this annual celebration [...]

Saint of the Day: St. Mary Magdalene


She is called “the Penitent”. St. Mary was given the name ‘Magdalen’ because, though a Jewish girl, she lived in a Gentile town called Magdale, in northern Galilee, and her culture and manners were those of a Gentile. St.Luke records that she was a notorious sinner, and had seven devils removed from her. She was present at Our Lords’ Crucifixion, and with Joanna and Mary, the mother of James and Salome, at Jesus’ empty tomb. Fourteen years after Our Lord’s death, St. Mary was put in a boat by the Jews without sails or oars – along with Sts. Lazarus and [...]

Profession of Simple Vows to be Held August 10

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By: Fr. Scott O’Brien   On the evening of August 10th, our two novice brothers, Joseph Paul Albin and Hugo Rafael Rojas will make temporary profession of two years to the Order of Preachers in the Southern Dominican Province.   Joseph Paul, Hugo Rafael and their former classmate Russell Grafrath, arrived last August 9th in Irving, Texas to begin their canonical novitiate year here at St. Albert the Great Priory.  At that time they began a rigorous process of discernment which includes daily praying of the Liturgy of the Hours (selections of [...]

Ordination Reflection by Br. Mariano D. Veliz, O.P.


As I reflect on my ordination, I am grateful to God, the brothers and everyone who contributed to my formation.  My life has changed forever in a good way.  Words cannot describe the great joy I have experienced since being ordained. Although I still have much to learn and develop as a friar and minister of the Church, I am flourishing.  I know that there is a period of adjustment and growth as I adapt to the new ministerial responsibilities, but honestly there is nothing I would rather [...]

Ordinations Celebrated at St. Anthony of Padua in New Orleans

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On Saturday, June 21 the Southern Dominican Province celebrated the Ordination to the Priesthood of fr. Peter Damian Harris, OP, fr. Cristóbal Torres, OP; and Ordination to the Diaconate for fr. Mariano Véliz, OP, and fr. Francis Orozco, OP.   The ceremony took place at St. Anthony of Padua Church in New Orleans with Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans serving as the ordaining bishop. Below are photos from the ceremony.