On May 27, 2017, Br. Nicholas Reynolds, OP, professed solemn vows in St. Dominic Catholic Church in New Orleans, LA.
Throughout the history of the Catholic Church men and women have consecrated themselves to Jesus Christ. Dominican friars publicly take the vows poverty, chastity, and obedience also known as the Evangelical Counsels. Men have done so because they want to follow the poor, chaste, and obedient Christ.
There is something, however, that is unique when a Dominican Friar professes his vows. He only professes one of the vows – Obedience. Br. Nicholas said the following:
I, brother Nicholas Reynolds, make profession, and I promise obedience to God, to blessed Mary, to blessed Dominic, and to you, brother Thomas Condon, Prior Provincial of the Province of St. Martin de Porres, in place of brother, Bruno Cadore, Master of the Order of Friars Preachers and his successors, according to the rule of blessed Augustine and the Constitutions of the Friars Preachers that I will be obedient to you and to your successors, until death.
Despite only expressing the vow of obedience in the rite of profession, Dominicans follow the three evangelical counsels of obedience, chastity, and poverty. Agreeing to be obedient to their superiors; to be celibately chaste so that they may give themselves as complete gifts to all they encounter; and to be poor, living simply and sharing all their goods in common.