Vocations Blog - Fr. Charles Johnson, O.P.

Vocations Retreat in Houston

“Vengan y Vean (Come and See)” Vocations Retreat in Houston. Hispanic young men and women from the Archdiocese of Galveston – Houston shared the joy of drawing near to God by discovering life’s true meaning and the invitation to follow Jesus Christ in a vocation to the priesthood and consecrated life.  It is a honor for us Dominicans to have labored in the Lord’s vineyard of the Houston, TX area for over a century.  Special thanks to the Archdiocese of Galveston – Houston for their support and leadership in promoting vocations to priesthood and consecrated life among Hispanic young adults.  

Welcome Pope Francis to Ecuador!

Welcome Pope Francis to Ecuador!  What a blessing it was for the Province of St. Martin de Porres to serve in mission in Guayaquil, Ecuador in South America. We send out a special greeting to our brothers, the Dominican friars of the Province of St. Catherine of Siena and to our sisters, the Dominican nuns and sisters in Ecuador as our holy father visits their country.  

“Come and See” – “Vengan y Vean” in Houston

Does Christ seek Spanish-speaking and bilingual young men and women from the Houston area to follow him in the priesthood and religious life?  Es verdad que Cristo busca jóvenes de Houston para seguir sus pasos en el sacerdocio y la vida religiosa?  Yes, absolutely!  Si, y puede ser tu!  Spanish-speaking and bilingual young men and women in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston area who seek to know more about following Christ in the priesthood and religious life are invited to the “Vengan y Vean” retreat on July 10-12, 2015.  Para mas informacion/for more information: www.houstonvocations.com   Come join Fr. Charles Johnson, O.P., Director of Vocations for the Dominican Province of St. Martin de Porres and other priests and religious to share the joy of Christ and learn more about vocations to the priesthood and religious life.  Ven a compartir el gozo de Jesucristo con el fray dominico, padre Charles Johnson, O.P. y otros sacerdotes y religiosas y descubrir el signficado de una vocacion sacerdotal y religiosa!    

Ordination to the Priesthood of Jesus Christ

Congratulations and blessings to Dominican friars, Francis Orozco, O.P. and Mariano Veliz, O.P. on their ordination to the priesthood of Jesus Christ and priestly service as friar preachers!               Thank you to Fr. Paul Watkins, O.P. and friends and family for the pictures. More pictures coming soon!

Life and Mission

What moves you to think about Dominican life & mission?  As you reflect on the recent tragedy at Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC and how nine people were killed in a horrific example of racial hatred and violence, do you wonder about how you can help heal the sinful wounds of racism in our society?  St. Dominic founded the Order of Preachers 800 years ago to preach the message of Christ to a suffering world.  Dominicans are sent to preach the Gospel, especially where the Lord’s prophetic message of healing and justice is greatly needed.   Do you have the courage to join your voice to ours?  Contact the Dominicans at vocations@opsouth.org