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Dominican Friars – Come & See

March 5 - March 7

Dominican Friars

The Dominican Friars invite you to Come & See

March 5-7, 2021

Often the best way to begin discerning whether you are called to our way of life is to attend a “Come and See” Discernment Weekend at the Priory of St. Albert the Great in Oakland, California.

The weekend takes place in a “no-pressure” group setting with many other young men who are also considering the possibility of a Dominican vocation, perhaps for the first time. You will have a chance to see Dominican life first-hand, and to learn more about the Order through brief informational presentations by a number of priests and brothers.

Along with the opportunity to meet, socialize, and ask questions of the student and novice brothers in formation, guests also join the friars for the chanted Liturgy of the Hours, celebration of the Eucharist, and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

For more information, contact Fr. John Marie Bingham, O.P., the Director of Vocations at: vocations@opwest.org or 510-658-8722.

What is a Dominican Friar?
Stephen of Salanhac, O.P., once described the Dominican friar as “a canon by profession, a monk in austerity of his life, and an apostle by his office.” Although an apt illustration, Stephen’s words require a fuller explanation.

Dominicans are not quite canons regular (as are the Norbertines), but we do find great joy in the prayerful recitation of the Liturgy of the Hours. All of our priories and communities pray the office in choir, offering our praise to God throughout the day.

Dominicans embrace a life of Gospel poverty and simplicity, just as Benedictine or Trappist monks do, but we are not bound to one cloister. As followers of the Rule of Saint Augustine, and exhorted by Saint Dominic’s last will and testament, we “hold all things in common” (as did the first disciples in the Acts of the Apostles).

Finally, Dominicans share in the office of the apostles by proclaiming the Gospel in every time and place – evangelizing, combating heresy and error, and performing the spiritual works of mercy – but Dominicans are not diocesan priests.

Nourished by our life in common, plus many hours at study and prayer, Dominicans offer our very lives for the sake of preaching the Gospel. What we receive from the Lord, we pass on to others; sharing the fruits of our contemplation, so that all may come to know and love God.

So what, then, is the Dominican friar? He is a contemplative preacher.

Suggested Reading:
Early Dominicans by Fr. Simon Tugwell, O.P.

Mission West: The Western Dominican Province (1850-1966) by Fr. Fabian Stan Parmisano, O.P.
Download the first chapter of our province’s history by clicking: Mission West – Chapter 1

To learn more about the Dominicans visit www.opwest.org

Learn more about religious life in the Archdiocese of Seattle.