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Happy 80th Birthday Fr. Cayet Mangiaracina, OP


We all wish a happy 80th birthday today (September 30) to Fr. Cayet Mangiaracina, OP! Cayet has served in many parishes and ministries throughout the Province, including St.Dominic, New Orleans; Holy Cross, Atlanta; St. Ann, San Antonio; and St. Joseph, Ponchatoula, LA. Fr. Cayet currently serves as parochial vicar at Holy Ghost Church in Hammond, LA and as Chaplain to St. Mary’s Dominican High School in New Orleans. Fr. Cayet also wrote the song “Hello Mary Lou” for Buddy Holly. For over 50 years of ordained ministry, he [...]

Newly Elected Provincial Council Meets for First Time

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Gathering of the Provincial Council of the Southern Dominican Province at St. Dominic Church in New Orleans. Photo taken by Michael Maples on September 20, 2014.  The first meeting of the newly elected Provincial Council of the Southern Province met in New Orleans from September 18-20, 2014. The meeting covered a wide variety of topics, including finances, vocations, development, ministries, communities and the intellectual life of the Province. The meeting was cordial and fruitful.  As is true of any Dominican gathering, the meetings included spirited discussions over a [...]

Dorothy Day and Racism

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by Br. Joseph Paul Albin, O.P.   “Racism is a sin: a sin that divides the human family, blots out the image of God among specific members of that family, and violates the fundamental human dignity of those called to be children of the same Father.” -U.S. Catholic Bishops, Brothers and Sisters to Us, 1979   I moved to St. Louis on Aug. 11, 2014. After unpacking a few things I called a friend who lives here in St. Louis. At the end of the conversation she said, [...]

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


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 [...]