Saturday, June 29, 2013

Our Dominican Visitors

 We had a delightful time recently with Father Dominic Bump, OP, one of the newly ordained Dominicans from St. Joseph' Province. He replaced our chaplain for a week after his priestly Ordination. During that time we were able to visit with him in the parlor and hear the fascinating account of his conversion and eventual vocation. It was a beautiful story of God's loving call and His direction in our lives.

Fr. Dominic also treated us to a class on devotion to Mary. He used several of the saints as examples of how powerful Our Blessed Mother can be in our lives, and was a stimulus to renew our trust in her guidance.

Before leaving, Fr. Dominic gave us a special blessing, calling down God's grace on our community and asking for many new vocations for our monastery.

Another visitor who was passing through is Fr. Boniface Willard, OP. After serving at Blessed Sacrament parish in Seattle, Father is now assigned to campus ministry in Los Angeles. As he was moving his things on his way south, he stopped for a visit with us in the parlor. At that time he shared his experience of the recent Ordination ceremony in San Francisco when two of our Brothers became priests and two others were raised to the diaconate. We always enjoy the friendly visits of our Dominican brethren.

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