Topic: Ordination

Four Men

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On May 31st of this year, four Western Dominican Province brothers were ordained to sacred orders by his Excellency, Bishop Michael Barber, S.J.Prostration Two, Fathers Peter Junípero Hannah and Justin Gable, were raised to the order of the priesthood; two more, Brs. Corwin Low and Gabriel Thomas Mosher, to the order of the diaconate. These men have spent seven years plus in formation as Western Dominicans, receiving rigorous training in philosophy and theology, along with the essential formation that goes into Dominican life—training as preachers, adapting to the disciplines of common observance, developing lives of prayer. And now they will be sent into the wider ministries of the Western Province and Church.

Please pray that they will be faithful and gentle servants of the Lord and His Church—that they will be zealous for the salvation of souls, devoted to the reverent celebration of the Eucharist, and ministers of God's mercy to the whole people of God!

L-R, Br. Corwin Low, Fr. Justin Gable, Bishop Barber, Fr. Peter Hannah, Br. Gabriel Mosher


Fr. Emmanuel's Ordination & First Mass - May 2012

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This past Saturday, May 26, we celebrated the ordination our Dominican brother, Fr. Emmanuel Francis Taylor, OP, to the priesthood at St. Dominic's Church, San Francisco. On Sunday morning, he celebrated his first mass here at St. Albert's. It was a very joyful weekend for all of us to witness this important event in the life and vocation of Fr. Emmanuel, whose priesthood, no doubt, will be a valuable gift to the life and ministry of our province. Later this summer he will begin his first priestly assignment just across the Bay at St. Dominic's Church. Please join us in congratulating Fr. Emmanuel and in praying for a fruitful life of ministry for the sake of God's kingdom!

UPDATE: Many more pictures and a copy of the bishop's homily from the ordination are available at this page on our province website.

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A Letter from the Studentate

Dear Friends and Loyal Readers,

On behalf of the studentate, I must apologize for our lack of posts over the last few weeks. The month of May is typically very busy at St. Albert's, as we begin writing papers and studying extra hard for our final exams. Now that the semester is over, we should get back to our usual schedule of one or two posts a week.

In the meantime, let me give you a little update as to what has happened in the last month...

1) Towards the end of April we celebrated the Solemn Profession of Br. Corwin Saxon Low, O.P., and Br. Peter Junipero Hannah, O.P. In the beautful liturgy on April 28 at St. Dominic's in San Francisco, our brothers made a vow obedience until death into the hands of Fr. Mark Padrez, O.P., Prior Provincial of the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus.

2) A few weeks later, on May 7, I had the privilege of helping to light the consecration candles in our chapel as we commemorated the dedication of the chapel by Archbishop Mitty many years ago. The readings and prayers for the day are some of my favorites, since they remind us that the churches in which we pray should be beautiful signs of the presensce of God in our midst.

3) On Mother's Day a number of us traveled to Corpus Christ Monastery in Menlo Park, to be present at the simple profession of Sister Mary Isabel of the Angels, O.P., one of our cloistered nuns. During the Mass Sister Mary Isabel received a black veil, in place of the white one she wore as a novice, and was honored for her willingness to give her life in prayer to the Lord. Sister Mary Isabel is a prayer partner to many of the brothers in formation, and constantly offers spiritual bouquets on their behalf.

Sister Mary Isabel receives her new veil from Fr. Mark Padrez, O.P.

4) The Vigil of Pentecost was especially exciting for all of this year, since it was on this day that our brother Emmanuel Francis Taylor, O.P., was ordained to the priesthood. Fr. Emmanuel has been preparing for this day for many years, and it was a blessing to see the joy on his face as he was vested in his chasuble and his hands were anointed with sacred chrism. Hopefully we'll have some pictures up soon, so be sure to visit our site again.

And when you do, you'll also find some posts from our brothers regarding their summer assignments. A few of us will be in Clinical Pastoral Education programs, while others will be living and working with our communities in Portland and McKenzie Bridge, OR, Seattle, Antioch and Eagle Rock, CA, and Las Vegas.


Diaconate Ordination - January 2012

On January 28, three of our student brothers—Brs. Ambrose Sigman, Dominic David Maichrowicz, and Joseph Mary Do Cao Nhân—were ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of the Diocese of Oakland, here at St. Albert's. Numerous friars, friends, laity, and family were present for the joyous occasion.

As deacons, they now have some new liturgical roles at Mass, such as the privilege of proclaiming the Gospel, greater involvement in preparing the altar, and even of preaching homilies on occasion. They also are now on the rotation for leading our Liturgy of the Hours prayers (the role is called "hebdomidarian" or just "hebdom" for short). Deacons, in general, can also preside over weddings, baptisms, and funerals—although our newly ordained deacons may not actually do much (or any) of these before they are ordained priests in about a year and a half. In any case, please join us in congratulating our brothers and thanking God for their ordination and their ministry as deacons!

The above photos are of the ordination Mass at St. Albert's, on January 28, 2012. Photos courtesy of Br. Lupe, OP (the first five photos) and Br. Corwin (the last photo).

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Upcoming Ordinations

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It has been about a month since our last post, so let me start by apologizing for the delay. As many of you know, the month of May is a very busy one for the brothers. Spending countless hours in the library, studying for exams, and writing research papers keeps everyone quite busy. In addition to preparing for the end of the academic year, some brothers must also begin preparing for ministry over the summer and moving out of the house of studies. Such is the case for two of our brothers who have completed their initial formation: Br. Mark Francis and Br. Boniface.


The Dominican Friars of the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus
joyfully announce to you the
Ordination to the Holy Priesthood
of their Brothers
Mark Francis Manzano, OP and Boniface Robert Willard, OP
by His Excellency the Most Reverend Anthony Fisher, OP, DPhil,
Bishop of Parramatta, Australia.

Please join us for this wonderful celebration on:
Saturday, the 28th of May at 1:00pm
at St. Theresa Catholic Church
30 Mandalay Rd., Oakland, CA 94618

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A Brief Reflection on the Diaconate

Two Dominican friars from our Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus will be ordained to the diaconate on 27 February 2010 at St. Dominic’s Church in Benicia, California. Brothers Boniface and Mark Francis will enter into the apostolic ministry of deacons by their reception of the sacrament of Holy Orders, through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Catholic Church. As deacons, these Dominicans will share in Christ's mission and grace in a special way. The sacrament of Holy Orders marks them with a character that cannot be removed and which configures them to Christ, who made himself the “deacon,” or servant of all.

As the ordination of my brothers approaches, I cannot help but reflect upon my own ordination to the diaconate over a year ago in January 2009 and the great and surprising joy I have experienced in my ministry as a deacon. I say “surprising,” because I had a tendency to think of my ordination to the diaconate as a mere step towards priesthood. Many times over I have been chided and corrected in this inadequate view by my own experience of diaconal ministry, which experience has been unfathomably rewarding. Perhaps of greatest significance to me as a friar of the Order of Preachers has been the gift of proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ and preaching the Word in the celebration of the Eucharist. After all, this proclamation and preaching are especially fitting for the sons of St. Dominic, whose conception of the vita apostolica means men on mission, proclaiming and preaching the Good News of salvation.

But there are so many moments and images I will not forget. There is nothing quite like the happiness of sharing in the bliss of a young couple as you stand before them to witness their marriage. Imagine the awe as you assist the priest in the Elevation for the first time, or lift the weighty monstrance to offer Benediction. Even helping with the dishes after a meal seems to take on a particular significance!

It has also been an immense privilege for me, as a Byzantine Ukrainian Catholic, to serve Divine Liturgy at Our Lady of Fatima in San Francisco. Indeed, I am not the only deacon who has expressed just the slightest regret that priesthood will mean the end of fulfilling the awesome and wonderful duties of the diakonos in the great Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom!

God willing, my classmates and I will be ordained to the presbyterate in June 2010, and I can only thank the Lord for such a gift. I pray I will remain grateful, too, for the magnificent gift of my diaconate, and that I will always have a heart for diakonia—service. Finally, I entreat our Lord to abundantly bless the ministries of my brothers Boniface and Mark Francis as they enter into his humble labor.