Friday, August 9, 2013

Celebration of St. Dominic's Feast

Thursday, August 8, was the feast of our founder, St. Dominic. This special occasion was celebrated with the Dominican priests from the new house of friars, St. Raymond's, here in Menlo Park. We had a beautiful concelebrated Mass with Fr. Xavier Lavagetto, OP as celebrant and homilist. Fr. Xavier is the new member of the campus ministry team at Stanford University. The other priests with him were Fr. Isaiah Mary Molano, OP, also of the Stanford campus ministry team; Fr. Eugene Sousa, OP, our chaplain; Fr. Christopher Fadok, OP, the new pastor at St. Raymond's; Fr. Ambrose Sigman, OP assistant pastor at St. Raymond's; and Fr. Patrick O'Neil, OP, director of Vallombrosa Retreat Center.

After the Mass we had a delightful visit with the friars, learning about their ministries, their hopes, their plans and programs. In the Dominican Order, from the days of our founding in the 13th century, the nuns and the friars have always fostered a close family relationship. In his day St. Dominic very frequently visited the nuns and brought with him many of his brethren. Today we cherish our partnership in the evangelical mission of the Order, and the friars are very much a part of all of our celebrations.

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