As you may know, we, the Dominican friars, have a newly elected Prior Provincial, fr. Tom Condon, O.P. and a new council of six friars for the Southern Province. About two weeks ago, fr. Condon and his council called to ask me to be the Director of Development for the Province. The petition took me by surprise and after some discussion I accepted, with the proposal that I would remain here in Houston at Holy Rosary Parish. It was granted – I love Holy Rosary and Houston!
This new position embraces being an overseer of all the fundraising efforts of our Province. Though we have well established events such our Galas in Houston, New Orleans, and Memphis, my new position will also involve the envisioning of future events in cities such as Dallas, Atlanta, and Miami. Besides, now I’m an ex-officio member of the Economic Council of our Province, with periodical meetings in our New Orleans headquarters (most of them hopefully over the phone!).
As I start this challenging ministry as of July 1, I ask for your prayers. Also, I thank you for your constant generosity towards the Dominican Order, especially for your participation in our Houston Gala. Please, save the date for next year’s Gala, at The Houstonian Hotel, on Sunday, April 26, 2015. Without your support we wouldn’t be able to fulfill our call to preach the Gospel of Peace and Justice.
The purpose of all our fundraising activities is the formation of young men as Dominican Priests and Brothers; the care of our friars, who after many years of dedicated service, are semi-retired or infirm; and the support of our current ministries in parishes, hospitals, universities, jails, and as itinerant preachers of God’s Word throughout the South of the Unites States.
In Christ and our Holy Father Dominic,
fr. Juan, OP