A Homily by Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, for the Feast of St. Dominic
"The rulers of this age, who shape popular culture, are effectively de-evangelizing many of the Christian people"
Dominican boils down 700 years of European art history
Written by Michael Swan, The Catholic Register
A fascinating article about Dominican art historian Fr. Marius Zerafa, guest speaker at the Dominian Institut of Toronto this Spring.
Letter on the Liturgical Celebration of the Hours
"Where are you going, Sir Henry?" "I am going to the house of Bethany, he replied." As Blessed Jordan of Saxony recounts: When Brother Henry left his lodgings and one of his companions asked him where he was going he answered,(...)
Initial formation: between postmodernity and new evangelisation
by Vivian Boland, OP
The section on formation in the acts of the general chapter of Rome is quite short (chapter VI). It does, however, clearly identify (...)
A Decade of Dominican Presence at the United Nations in Geneva: 1996 - 2006
by Philippe LeBlanc, O.P.
The purpose of the Dominican presence at the UN was to focus on human rights situations in countries where our brothers. (...)
Diplomats; atheists; Newark, N.J.; and the war on Christians
John Allen's column for National Catholic Reporter
A pope plays many roles, one being the premier ambassador for Catholicism (and religion generally) on the global stage. In a sense, it requires the art of diplomacy: (...)
The Order of Preachers founded in 1216
Through more than eighth centuries the basic ideas and fundamental inspiration of St. Dominic have vitalized the Order of Preachers. In all epochs they have produced outstanding men and women, in some centuries an army of such men and women, in others only a handful.
Few or many, they witnessed to the authenticity of Dominic's insights by their life and works. What the Dominican Order has given to the Church in past centuries, and what it can offer her in the future is vital and necessary, because its mission, entrusted by her - the mission to proclaim the Gospel - touches her own origins and inner being. Preaching the Word of God and proclaiming the name of the Lord Jesus throughout the world will always be needed by the people of God.
It is the Order's high duty to preach, to be concerned with preaching, to wish it to be done in the best way possible, to be distressed when it is not being done, sad when it is not being done well, disappointed when another message is announced in place of God's Word. The Dominican task is to study, explore, and discover better, more effective, and newer ways of disseminating the Gospel message. It will ever be the Order's duty to prepare the way for the coming or deepening of faith in those who hear the message.
Everything the Dominicans do, they must link to spreading the Word of God. Even when doing work that seems only distantly related to preaching, they must motivate it toward the proclamation of the word. They must therefore remain in close touch with the Scriptures, study them, pray them, guide his own life by them, and spread the good news they contain.
(Source : Hinnebusch, Willam A. The Dominicans. A Short History. Mount Salus Press Ltd. 1975.)