Movie Review: The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water is the latest film from director Guillermo del Toro. It has been described in many ways, perhaps best as an “adult fairy tale.” It’s a beautiful, imaginative film in so many ways, and is already receiving … Continue reading

2018 Provincial Assembly

From January 2-5, 2018 the Dominican Friars of the Province of the St. Martin de Porres gathered at Holy Name Passionist Retreat Center in Houston, Texas, for their Provincial Assembly. This gathering of all the friars of the Province provided … Continue reading

Movie Review: Darkest Hour

Last summer the critically acclaimed movie Dunkirk was released, telling the story of the evacuation of the British troops from Dunkirk to England in 1940. Now we see the story leading up to Dunkirk, from the point of view of … Continue reading

Happy New Year!

The Friars of the Dominican Province of St. Martin de Porres (Southern Province, USA), wish everyone a Peaceful and Happy New Year filled with many blessings! I love the ancient blessing from the Book of Numbers in our lectionary reading … Continue reading

Movie Review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Going into the latest Star Wars movie, I realized that I was 23 when the first Star Wars was released in May, 1977. Who would have guessed then that it would have become a global phenomenon and is still going … Continue reading

801 Years Old

Today, December 22nd, marks the anniversary of the approval (1216) of the Dominican Order – the Order of Preacher. Saint Dominic founded the first monastery of cloistered Dominican nuns in 1206. For ten years, he preached and gathered men together … Continue reading

Movie Review: Wonder

Based on a best-selling young adult novel by R. J. Palacio, Wonder tells the story of a boy named Auggie (Jacob Tremblay) with disfigured facial features. His loving parents Isabel (Julia Roberts) and Nate (Owen Wilson) have home schooled Auggie … Continue reading

Movie Review: Coco

Coco, the new animated movie from Pixar and Disney, is certainly a treat for the eyes.  It may well contain the most dazzling animation I’ve ever seen. Coco tells the story of young Miguel, a Mexican boy who loves the … Continue reading

Movie Review: Lady Bird

Anyone who went to a Catholic high school will recognize many scenes from the new movie Lady Bird. Lady Bird tells the story of Christine McPherson’s 2002-2003 senior year in Catholic girls’ high school in Sacramento. It’s in close proximity … Continue reading

Movie Review: Mudbound

Mudbound is the first film I’ve reviewed that is currently being streamed on Netflix. Even though it’s also being shown in some theaters around the country, most of the people who see it will watch it on various electronic devices. … Continue reading

Dominican Month for Peace

The Master of the Dominican Order, fr. Bruno Cadoré, OP,  has asked that we designate the month of December a Dominican Month for Peace, since it coincides with the Advent and Christmas season. December also leads up to January 1, which … Continue reading

Thank You!

Thanks to all who donated to the Friars of the Southern Dominican Province as part of the I Give Catholic Campaign.  We had 50 donors and raised twice as much as last year.  We won an award in New Orleans … Continue reading

Blessed Stanley Rother, Two Months Later

Almost two months have passed since the beatification of Fr. Stanley Rother, a priest, missionary, and martyr from Oklahoma. I was one of the hundreds of priests and thousands (15,000!) of lay faithful who filled the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma … Continue reading