Update on our Dominican Student Brothers

As summer approaches, our Dominican student brothers, after finishing their final exams at Aquinas Institute of Theology in Saint Louis, MO, have also just finished a family vacation. Now they are heading in different directions to do summer internships. Let me share what they are doing during the summer months.

Bro. Carl Joseph Paustian, O.P. and Bro. Thomas More Barba, O.P. will be spending the rest of the summer at a Spanish immersion and cultural program at the UNAM (Universidad Autónoma de México) in Mexico City. Bro. Hugo Rojas, O.P. will be going to Africa to learn Arabic at the Dominican Center of Islamic Studies in Cairo, Egypt and to help in a parish served by our French Dominican brothers. Bro. Joseph Paul Albin, O.P. is already working for three weeks with Catholic Relief Services in Burkina Faso and then will depart for Kenya to work in an orphanage with the Missionaries of Charity and will live with the Dominican student brothers in Nairobi. Bro. Nicholas Reynolds, O.P. will do his CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) at Emory Hospital while living with the Dominican friars in Atlanta, GA. It’s always been part of our Dominican formation to expose the young friars to the worldwide presence of our Order. These experiences are priceless and can’t be learned in books.

Furthermore, Bro. Mariano Véliz, O.P. and Bro. Francis Orozco, O.P. will be ordained priests on Saturday, June 20, at St. Peter’s Church in Memphis, TN. After ordination Bro. Mariano will continue his ministry at St. Anthony de Padua Church in New Orleans while Bro. Francis will be a Campus Minister at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Finally, after simple profession in early August our novices, Bro. Anthony John Mathison and Bro. James Martin Nobles, currently at St. Albert the Great Priory in Irving TX, will officially become Dominicans and will move to St. Louis, MO to start their first year of theological studies.

Please pray for all of them. As Dominican Friars our promise is to keep you in our daily prayers. It’s due to your amazing generosity that these young friars continue their formation towards becoming the future preachers in the South of the US. To support our formation program please send a check, payable to Dominicans Friars, to my attention, or contact Valerie Chase at ext 102, to give your tax deductible gift by credit card.

In St. Dominic, with my deepest gratitude,

fr. Juan, OP

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Fr. Ian Departing for St. Albert the Great Priory

Dear Parishioners,

As I announced at Sunday Masses the weekend of May 23-24, I am leaving Holy Rosary Parish when my term as pastor ends on June 30. I had originally planned to serve as pastor for three more years—the maximum allowed by my Dominican province for a second term as pastor before another review is conducted. However, as you know, I have also been enrolled for the last year in the Aquinas Institute of Theology Doctor of Ministry in Preaching Program. The program is designed as a distance-learning program for full-time ministers, but for me, it has been too great of a challenge to keep up both my studies and my work as pastor. Consequently, both have suffered. Thus, I am grateful to the prior provincial, Brother Tom Condon, for assigning me to St. Albert the Great Priory in Irving, Texas, where I will have fewer ministerial duties. Those duties have yet to be defined; all I know is they will be fewer. A new pastor for Holy Rosary Parish is expected to be named shortly.

Many of you have expressed sorrow at my leaving. I too am sad. Holy Rosary has been a great parish. Hence, requesting reassignment was not an easy decision for me. I made the initial request for reassignment shortly after February 8. That was the Sunday when we heard the Gospel reading about Jesus visiting Capernaum, healing Simon’s mother-in-law, and then healing many others and driving out demons. Early the next morning, Jesus goes off to a deserted place to pray. I envision him praying to the Father in order to figure out whether he should stay in Capernaum or move on. When Simon and the other disciples find him, we receive his decision: “Let us go on to the nearby villages that I may preach there also. For this purpose have I come” (Mk 1:38b). I went through a similar discernment as I tried figuring out whether God was calling me to stay at Holy Rosary or move on. In the end, I felt God calling me to move on, to concentrate for now on getting the doctorate, and then becoming free to roam about and preach the Gospel. That is the principal reason St. Dominic founded the Order of Preachers nearly 800 years ago—to establish a community of preachers who were free go about preaching the Gospel here, there, and everywhere. I want to get caught up in that dream. The prior provincial gave final approval to my request on May 23.

I grateful for the many blessings that have been poured out to me at Holy Rosary, most of all coming to know and serve you in Christ.

Brother Ian

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