Happy Feast Day!

Because of Poor Sinners

I am often asked how I came to discern with the Dominicans. What draws me to the Dominican Order? While it is ultimately a mystery of God, there are several reasons, and most of them can be explained by my attraction to the four pillars of Dominican life: prayer, study, community, and preaching. But what […]

Patron Saint of Hope

My first encounter with St. Jude came very shortly after my decision to enter the Catholic Church.  I was studying for the Alaska bar exam and as the exam dates drew nearer, I became more and more overwhelmed with the fear I was going to fail.  There was so much material to study, and Alaska […]

Starts Today! Novena to St. Dominic

August 8th is the feast day of St. Dominic and a solemnity for many Dominicans.*  Please consider joining me in a novena to St. Dominic, asking his intercession for the salvation of souls, as well as for the intentions of me, my fellow aspirants and all that have contributed prayers, time and treasure to fostering […]

Turning Toward Easter

This has been an incredibly busy and blessed week!  Last Saturday, the Knights of Columbus, Our Lady of Snows Council hosted a dinner reception for vocations in my honor.  The spaghetti dinner was prepared by the Knights and all proceeds and donations were directed to The Labouré Society in my honor.  Over $1,200 was raised!  […]

Liturgy and Contemplation

The student brothers of the Western Dominican Province have produced a beautiful short film on the public prayer of the Church – the Liturgy of the Hours. The Liturgy of the Hours, or Divine Office, is the offical, public prayer of the Church.  As the psalmist wrote, “Seven times a day I praise you” (Ps. 119:164), […]

Truth in Hope

Today, the Dominican Order celebrates the feast of all Dominican saints.  Men and women and children.  Friars.  Nuns.  Sisters.  Laity.  All the sons and daughters of Our Holy Father Dominic who sought and embraced Truth, then spent themselves living and preaching for the salvation of souls.  They answered the call of Jesus, “Come and follow […]

St. Louis Bertrand: Lamp of the New World

Today, on the Dominican calendar is the memorial of St. Louis Bertrand.  Born in Valencia, Spain in 1526, he joined the Dominican Order at the age of 18.  Initially, he was not very good at preaching; however, by perseverance and grace through the intercession of another Spanish Dominican saint known for his fiery preaching, St. […]

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary

Since the beginning of the Dominican Order, Dominicans have had a strong devotion to Our Lady and her Holy Rosary.  Tradition speaks of Our Lady giving the Rosary to St. Dominic as a way to convert sinners. To this day, Dominicans wear a Rosary at their hip, where a knight’s sword would typically be placed. […]

Restless Heart

Upon my conversion to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church, one of the first saints I wanted to learn about was St. Augustine.  Why?  Well, quite simply, he’s my birthday saint.  Since then, I’ve been greatly encouraged and edified by this Doctor of the Church.  His life is one to which many of […]