Thursday, November 4, 2010

Fraternal Visits

A little history of the Dominican Nuns and our connection to our Friars...

The Nuns of the Order of  Preachers came into being when our holy father St. Dominic gathered women converts from the Albigensian to the Catholic faith in the monastery of Blessed Mary of Prouille in 1206. These women, free for God alone, he associated with his "holy preaching" by their prayer and penance.

Our holy Father drew up a rule to be followed and constantly showed a father's love and care for these nuns for "they had no other master to instruct them about the Order." He entrusted the nuns as part of the same Order to the fraternal care of his sons.

The fraternal charity shown by our Brothers is a well kept tradition since the beginning of the Order's foundation.  Over the years, we've enjoyed many fraternal visits from the different Masters of the Order and our Dominican Friars who passed through the town.  More recently, Fr. Viktor Hofstetter, O.P., the first Promoter of the nuns in the 1980's visited us and enlightened us with many of his teachings and stories from all over the world.

Fr. Viktor
Geographically, we're very blessed living in Menlo Park because of the short distance from the headquarters of the Friar's Western Dominican Province in Oakland.  They have given us strong spiritual support, and for this, we are very grateful.  Each year when a new class of novices arrives at the Novitiate House in San Francisco, Father Novice Master takes them to Menlo Park for a visit.  This year two Brothers from the Southern Dominican Province also joined our Western Province Brothers for their formation.

Meet our Brother Novices  from the Class of 2010

Sharing of our vocation stories and journeys

Drawing of Prayer Partners

From left: Fr. Anthony Rosevear, O.P. Novice Master, Br. Juan de la Caridad (Southern Province), Br. Bradley Thomas, Br. Kevin, Br. Dennis, Br. Thomas More (Southern Province)

The Brother Novices also have their own website and a blog to share with us their lives and experiences as Dominican Novices.  You may visit them at: http://novices.opwest.org/Class2010/Novitiate_2010/Novices.html

Our Brothers would certainly appreciate some prayers to the "Come and See" weekend at St. Albert Priory starting this Friday November 5th!  May many young men who heard God's call respond generously to this blessed life of preaching and contemplation.

If you or someone you know are wondering about what it's like to be a Dominican Friar, this event would be extremely helpful.  You may also contact the Friars' Vocation Director, Fr. Steven Maekawa, O.P. at www.opwest.org




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