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Movie Review: Boyhood


Boyhood is the highly acclaimed new film from writer-director Richard Linklater.  This is the coming of age story of Mason, a Texas boy who we see grow from the age of six to going away to college.  What makes Boyhood unique is that it was actually filmed over a twelve year period using the same actors.  In this way, actor Ellar Coltrane, who plays Mason, actually does grow up on camera, without the need for makeup or special effects.  In addition, we see his older sister Samantha (Lorelei [...]

Ceremony of Vestition with the Dominican Habit


After nearly 800 years, the spiritual legacy that St. Dominic left the Church continues to bear fruit as three young men began the canonical novitiate year as Dominican novices during the Ceremony of Vestition with the Dominican habit held Monday evening, August 18, 2014 at the Priory of St. Albert the Great in Irving, Texas. St. Albert the Great Priory is the novitiate community of the Dominican Province of St. Martin de Porres and is on the campus of the University of Dallas. The new novices are Anthony [...]

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“They speak of the glory of your reign, and tell of your mighty works, making known to the sons of men your mighty acts, the majestic glory of your rule. Your reign is a reign for all ages, your dominion for all generations. The Lord is trustworthy in all his words, and loving in all his works.” -Psalm 145 11-13 2016 will mark the 800th anniversary of the Order of Friars Preachers, a major milestone of St. Dominic’s vision. This Jubilee Year provides us an opportunity to reflect [...]

Albin and Rojas Professed Simple Vows on August 10th


This past Sunday (August 10th) Brother Joseph Paul Albin and Brother Hugo Rafael Rojas professed simple (temporary) vows for two years.  The brothers began their novitiate one year ago at St. Albert the Great Priory in Irving, Texas.  Throughout the year Brothers Joseph Paul and Hugo Rafael have discerned, along with their Novice Master Scott O’Brien, O.P., their call to be Dominican friars.   The novitiate is a year of discernment within the Order of Friars Preachers.  The brothers have learned about Dominican history and prayer as well [...]

Vow Renewal Ceremony at St. Albert the Great Priory


Br. Carl Joseph Paustian, O.P. renewed his vows for two years at St. Albert the Great Priory and Novitiate in Irving, Texas this past Sunday at the 11:15am Sunday Mass.  Br. Carl Joseph will petition for solemn (permanent) vows in two years.   Br. Carl Joseph began his life as a Dominican friar in August of 2011 when he began the novitiate year.  He professed simple (temporary) vows for two years on August 30, 2012.  For the next year Br. Carl Joseph will be assigned to Bl. Pier [...]