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

Under the Prayerful Watch of Our Holy Patron

Dominican friars of the Province of St. Martin de Porres gathered this past week for their annual assembly. In the photo, friars gathered at Holy Rosary Church and Priory in Houston, TX in front of the statue of St. Martin de Porres, holy patron of Dominicans who labor in the Lord’s vineyard of the southern United States. Is that where God is calling you to serve His people? Contact the Dominicans – vocations@opsouth.org  

Vietnamese Marian Day Celebration

Back in 1975, Dominicans at Holy Rosary Church were among the first to welcome the Vietnamese refugee community in Houston. The Marian Day procession and outdoor mass at Holy Rosary Church brought together Dominican friars, sisters and laity in a celebration of giving thanks to God for the richness and devotion that the Vietnamese Catholic community provides to our Church.  When Dominicans preach and evangelize, we seek to give life to faith, community and culture under the constant maternal care of our Blessed Mother, the Virgin Mary.  Is that what you seek? Contact the Dominicans at vocations@opsouth.org  

Dominican Novices on Tour

Dominican novices of the Province of St. Martin de Porres have been visiting the various Dominican communities and ministries throughout the southern U.S.  Most recently, the novices and their novice master visited New Orleans and had the opportunity to visit the priories and parishes of St. Anthony of Padua and St. Dominic as well as Dominican ministries at Xavier University, Tulane University and Rosaryville Spirit Life Center.  In the photo taken on May 6th after the community Mass in the St. Anthony of Padua Priory Chapel, the three novices, Anthony John Mathison, James Martin Nobles and Kevin John Sevcik, appear with Fr. Martin Gleeson, O.P., prior of St. Anthony Priory (far left) and Fr. Scott O’Brien, O.P., novice master (far right side).    

Holy Rosary Church and Priory in Houston

Come and be a part of the mission of the Order of Preachers at Holy Rosary Catholic Church and Dominican Priory in Houston, TX and visit with Fr. Charles Johnson, O.P., Director of Vocations for the Dominicans in Texas and the Southern U.S.  Fr. Charlie will be there for 2 weeks starting May 8th.   While Houston is now one of the largest and fastest growing urban areas in the United States, Dominican friars have been at Holy Rosary since 1913.  Nearly 800 years ago, St. Dominic set in motion the Order of Friars Preachers to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That legacy of sacred preaching continues at Holy Rosary in Houston and wherever the Lord calls us to serve. Dominicans: Preaching Jesus Christ since the year 1216.  Interested?  Contact us at vocations@opsouth.org  

A Week for Dominican Saints

Searching for saints?  All through the nearly 800-year history of the Order of Preachers, it is easy to encounter many saints, blesseds and martyrs.  This week has made it easy to find saints with a Dominican connection as we celebrated the feast of St. Louis de Montfort on Tuesday, April 28th.  Not only was St. Louis de Montfort one of the great wisdom figures of devotion to our Blessed Mother, the Virgin Mary, he was also part of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Dominic.  On April 29th, the Church rejoiced in celebrating St. Catherine of Siena, the powerful mystic and Doctor of the Church.  April 30th brought us the feast of St. Pius V, Pope, who led the Church in a very tumultous period with Dominican humility and firm trust in Christ.  For Dominicans, the many holy men and women of our history are not figures from a distant past. Rather, they are our brothers and sisters who have handed on to us the treasure that St. Dominic so joyfully lived and preached.  Do history and holiness have a place in your life? Contact the Dominicans – vocations@opsouth.org