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

Come and See Weekend a Success!

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Good news needs to be shared! Just as St. Dominic could not hold back his zeal for preaching the truth of Christ to the many people he met and especially those who were curious about the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), friars of the Dominican Province of St. Martin de Porres are always passionate about telling others the story of their vocations and experiences of prayer, common life, study, and preaching.   Over the weekend of October 17 – 19, 2014, eight young men took part in the Dominican Experience Come and See Weekend held at St. Anthony of Padua Priory in New Orleans, LA. The participants came from areas near and far, including the University of Alabama, Texas Tech University, Tulane University, Covington and Shreveport, LA.     Dominican friars from both St. Anthony Priory and St. Dominic Priory came together to speak about and give witness to Dominican life and preaching. After Dominican friars Fr. Charles Johnson, OP, Director of Vocations, Rev. Br. Mariano Veliz, OP, and student Br. Nicholas Reynolds, OP, gave a presentation on discerning a religious vocation, the program kicked off with a presentation on the history of the Order of Preachers by Fr. Thomas Schaefgen, [...]

Vocations Director to Visit University of Florida October 29-November 2

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October 29 – November 2, 2014: The Dominican Express will roll into Catholic Gators territory on the campus of the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL.  Come meet & join Fr. Charles Johnson, OP, Director of Vocations for the southern US region (Dominican Province of St. Martin de Porres). Joining him will be Dominicans Fr. Benedict Croell, OP Fr. James Brent, OP and Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, Sr. Mary Karol and Sr. Joseph Andrew, OP as they visit the campus and St. Augustine Church and Catholic Student Center. There will be many opportunities for mass, sacrament of reconciliation, adoration of the Eucharist, powerful talks and Catholic community.  Join us to grow in your Catholic faith and learn more about what it means to be a priest, brother or sister in the Dominican order.  Stay tuned and for more info check out  www.catholicgators.org.

Dominican Vocations in Lafayette October 21-26

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Dominican Blitz 2014 will hit Ragin’ Cajun territory at the University of Louisiana – Lafayette on October 21 – 26, 2014.  Come meet & join Dominican Fr. Charles Johnson, OP, Director of Vocations for the southern US region (Dominican Province of St. Martin de Porres) along with Dominicans Fr. Benedict Croell, OP Fr. James Brent, OP and Dominican Sisters of. St. Cecilia (Nashville), Sr. Peter Marie, OP and Sr. Mara Grace as they visit the campus.  We will be there for tailgating and the ULL v. Arkansas State football game on Oct. 21st and through the weekend for a time to grow in what it means to follow Christ in His church and learn more about life as priests, brothers and sisters in the Dominican Order.  There will be many opportunities for mass, adoration of the Eucharist, sacrament of Reconciliation as well engaging talks and Catholic community.  Stay tuned for more updates and check out the ULL Ragin’ Cajuns Catholic website.

Dominican Experience Weekend

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The Dominican Experience Weekend provides an opportunity for you to join other men discerning a vocation and take a deeper, more serious look at religious life. When you first come to realize God may be calling you to serve Him as a priest or brother, it seems as though you are the only person in the world with a vocation. Talking about it with your friends and family can be helpful to a certain point, but often your questions just don’t seem to make sense to them. This is where this weekend can really make an impact on your discernment process. The Dominican Experience Weekend brings together men who feel called to be Friars Preachers. These men share many of your questions and concerns. Often meeting other men in the same situation makes the whole discernment process a lot easier and less intimidating. In addition, the opportunity to meet and socialize with the friars also helps in seeing whether religious life is really for you. Is God calling you to be a Dominican Friar (priest or brother)? Contact Fr. Charles Johnson, O.P. at (504) 837-2129 x6 or vocations@opsouth.org for more information.

Ceremony of Vestition with the Dominican Habit

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After nearly 800 years, the spiritual legacy that St. Dominic left the Church continues to bear fruit as three young men began the canonical novitiate year as Dominican novices during the Ceremony of Vestition with the Dominican habit held Monday evening, August 18, 2014 at the Priory of St. Albert the Great in Irving, Texas. St. Albert the Great Priory is the novitiate community of the Dominican Province of St. Martin de Porres and is on the campus of the University of Dallas.   The new novices are Anthony John Mathison of Aiken, SC, a graduate of USC-Aiken, James Martin Nobles of Fernwood, MS, a graduate of St. Joseph College Seminary and former theology student at Notre Dame Seminary, and Kevin James Sevcik of Milton, GA, who graduated from the University of Georgia.   These young novices will experience the canonical novitiate year as a time dedicated to the discipleship of Christ by living and learning the Dominican charism in community under the guidance of their novice master, Fr. Scott O’Brien, O.P., and the spiritual and fraternal support of the Dominican friars who are part of the St. Albert the Great Priory community. While it can be characterized as a [...]