Showing posts from September, 2010
October 3
Blessed Dominic Spadafora
Friar and Priest

Born at Randazzo in Sicily about the year 1450, Dominic Spadafora received the habit at the priory of St. Zita at Palermo and became a zealous preacher of the Word in Sicily and throughout Italy. He had a special devotion to the passion of our Lord and by his charity and humility converted many to the Lord, even attracting some to the Order. He founded the priory of Our Lady of Grace in Monte Cerignone, Sicily, where he remained as superior until his death on December 21, 1521. This commemoration recalls the date of the translation of his remains in 1677.

Happy Republic Day to Our Men Studing Abroad.


The Red House - Parliament Building

When Trinidad and Tobago achieved independence on August 31st, 1962, the monarchy continued, in that, Her Majesty the Queen remained the Queen of Trinidad and Tobago and all citizens continued to owe allegiance to Her. After many years of being a monarchy, it was decided that Trinidad and Tobago should no longer be required to owe allegiance to the Queen and should therefore become a Republic having a Head of State in its own right,

Trinidad and Tobago became a Republic on August 1st, 1976. The event was celebrated as a public holiday on September 24th because this is the date when the first Parliament met under the new Republican Constitution.

To bring about such a meaningful and independent status, the conversion of the former Constitution from its character as an Order in Council of the Queen into that of an indigenous instrument of government fashioned by citizens of Trinidad and Tobago, was effected by the Parliament of Trinidad…
September 24
Blessed Dalmatius Moner
Friar and Priest

Born at San Coloma de Farnes in Catalonia in 1291, Blessed Dalmatius was sent to the University of Montpellier and in 1314 after completing his studies enter the Order at the priory of Gerona (Spain. For many years he taught at the stdium generale at Gerona and became the master of novices. because of his austere life and his love of solitude and prayer his reputation for holiness became widespread. His desire to live as a hermit was fulfilled when the community allowed him to hollow out a cave on the priory property where he spent the last years of his , leaving it only too celebrate Mass and go to choir. He died in his beloved cave on September 24, 1341.

Simple Professions - 2010

We of the Irish Vicariate of Trinidad and Tobago thank God for the simple profession of eleven young men to our province. We pray the this presentation would encourage more young men to lean to the Order of Preacher, calling the to preach the Good News of God. We great thanks to God we give thanks to God for the gift of our Bro. Stephen Jones, the only Trinidadian in the group. Thank you Bro. Jones. Thanks be to God.

St. Matthew Called By Jesus Christ To Conversion.

St. Matthew apostle and evangelist stands out as of of the four pillars of Christianity. He was a "Tax Collector". In the early days of Jesus' ministry tax collectors or publicans as they are affectionately called in the Bible more so the New Testament were labeled as enemies of the Jewish people. This was so because people say them as greedy and take money from them more than they were entitled to.

This issue always amazes me because looking a the life of St. Matthew we see a complete turn away from his previous state of life. One who was blinded by greed and money now becomes the preacher of the Good News through a life of poverty. What happened there? It is also remarkable that through his conversion he was able to win the souls of other tax collectors and his friends to the one who saves, Jesus Christ.

Today many do not or may not believe in the conversion of others as was the case of St. Matthew, but we are called to hope that these situations came occur. Jesus contin…
Blessed Mark of Modena
Blessed Mark was born in Modena, Italy, shortly after the beginning of the fifteenth
century. He entered the Order in his native city and made rapid progress in holiness and learning. He became a renowned preacher throughout northern Italy and for many
years served as prior at Pesaro where he died on September 21, 1498.

Blessed Francis de Posadas
Blessed Francis was born at Cordoba, Spain, in 1644 of very poor parents. In 1663 he
fulfilled the desire of his early youth and entered the Order at the priory of Scala Caeli in
Cordoba. His zealous preaching and hearing of confessions were such that he was
considered to be another Saint Vincent Ferrer. He was noted for his profound
compassion for the poor and the imprisoned; often he would give his own clothing to
relieve their needs. He died at Cordoba on September 20, 1713.
September 18
St. Juan Macias
Friar and Religious

Juan Marcias was born at Ribera in Estramadura, Spain, in 1585 of a noble but impoverished family. Orphaned in early childhood, Juan worked as a shepherd for his relatives, an occupation which provided him time for prayer. Inspired by a vision he left his native country and set sail for the Americas, arriving finally in Lima, Peru, where for a time he tended the sheep of a wealhty Spaniard. In 1623 he decided to enter the Order of Preachers at the priory of Saint Mary Magdalene in Lima, where he served as porter for twenty-two years. Like his friend Saint Martin de Porres, he was known for his love and care for the poor and for his special devotion to the Rosary. He died on September 16, 1645.

Newly Professed

Bro. Jones OP professed to prior Edward Conway OP

Bro. Jones OP bottom right second.

We the Dominicans here in Trinidad and Tobago give thanks and praise for another gift that he has given to us in the preson of newly professed Bro. Stephen Jones OP. This event took placed at the Dominican Community, Pope's Quay, Cork, Ireland, on wensday 15th 2010. As it is now we have two students in Ireland. The other student is Bro. Matthew Martinez OP. We pray that God would bless them both.

86th New Master of the Order Of Preachers

fr Bruno CADORÉ

Sunday, 5th September, the General Chapter of the Order of Preachers, founded by Saint Dominic, elected Bro. Bruno Cadoré as new Master of the Order. Elected for a nine year term of office, he succeeds Bro. Carlos Azpiroz Costa, an Argentinean, who was Master of the Order from 2001 to 2010, and before him Bro. Timothy Radcliffe, a friar from England, well known all over the world for his publications and preaching. The last Frenchman to occupy this post was Bro Vincent de Couesnongle, Master of the Order from 1974 to 1983.

Meeting in Rome since the first of September, the General Chapter of the Order is made up of 127 delegates from all the continents. Prior Provincials are members of the Chapter and also the Delegates elected by the friars themselves according to the democratic tradition of the Dominican Order. The General Chapter, which is the sovereign governing body, shall be working for the next two weeks to give the Order some important …