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Romero Week Lecture at Blackfriars Hall

Brian Pierce, O.P.

Archbishop Oscar Romero (Aug. 15, 1917 – Mar. 24, 1980) will be beatified as a martyr on the eve of Pentecost, May 23, 2015 in San Salvador, El Salvador.  Fr. Brian Pierce, O.P. recently gave a series of lectures in England and Scotland on Archbishop Romero.  Below is a 7 minute segment from that lecture on Archbishop Romero at Blackfriars in Oxford, England in March 2015.  

Blessed Maria Alfonsina Danil Ghattas

Sister Ghattas

At the Ordinary Public Consistory of February 14, 2015, the Holy Father Pope Francis announced the Canonization of Blessed Maria Alfonsina Danil Ghattas, a Dominican tertiary, which will take place on May 17, 2015, at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.   Blessed Maria Alfonsina Danil Ghattas was born at Jerusalem on October 4, 1843, to a devout family which assured her sound Christian upbringing. She was baptized on November 19 of the same year. In September 1848, she started attending the school of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of […]

Meeting of Provincials and Regents

  This past week the North American Provincials and Regents met at Agua Viva Retreat House near Mexico City.  Pictured among the friars from the United States, Canada, and Mexico are Fr. Tom Condon, O.P., Prior Provincial, Fr. Mark Wedig, O.P., Regent, and Fr. Leo Almazan, O.P., Prior of St. Dominic Priory and Studentate.

Movie Review: Cinderella

We’ve all seen this story several times.  Just a few months ago, Cinderella was featured prominently in the musical Into the Woods.  Now there’s a new Disney version that’s been a hit with both audiences and critics alike.  Why should we see this version?   Directed by Kenneth Branagh, who has given us everything from Shakespeare to Thor, the new Cinderella has been given a first rate production on all counts.  Oscar winning actress Cate Blanchett plays the cruel stepmother to perfection.  Lily James, from TV’s Downton Abbey, […]

Easter Sunday Reflection

By: Rev. Fr. Tom Condon, O.P. Prior Provincial St. Dominic Priory New Orleans, LA   Reading: John 20: 1-9   Easter is the most glorious feast of the year.  After a long season of penance and waiting, we are joyful on this glorious Sunday.  The fragrance of lilies, the pealing of bells, and the welcome refrains of “Gloria” and “Alleluia” fill our packed churches.   But the traditional Gospel reading from John’s Gospel is curiously un-joyful.  Mary Magdalene is bewildered, and Peter and the Beloved Disciple race to […]