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