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

Welcome Fr. Charles Johnson, O.P. as Director of Vocations


Christ’s peace! I am Fr. Charles Johnson, O.P., Fr. Charlie, new Director of Vocations for the Dominican province of St. Martin de Porres. As I am just getting started, my blog site is a little empty. However, keep in touch as I will soon be posting new items of interest. Currently, I am finishing up service as chaplain and director of the Catholic Center at Tulane University in New Orleans. Little by little, I am beginning my new service to the Church through promotion of vocations to the Dominican Order. Our Church needs Dominicans to preach the Good News of Christ to a world in serious need of God’s mercy. Are you up to such a great task and mission? Stay tuned ……. Look forward to hearing from you. God bless, Padre Charlie

DEW: From the Participant’s View


If you are thinking about attending a Dominican Experience Weekend (DEW), I want to encourage you to! I wanted to share with you this email that I received today.   Hello Fr. John, I appreciate you having me this weekend at the priory for the Dominican Experience Weekend! Compared to the vocational retreat I did with the Diocese back in ’09, I loved all the small, personal times we had to chat and ask questions.  I especially loved just getting to have meals and see the other friars interact with each other.  It’s crazy to me that I was only there for a weekend, but already I really want to visit when I visit my friends in Dallas in a few weeks.  I feel like the whole experience was the perfect spark in renewing my spiritual life and discernment.  Thank you so much for all your hard work and service! God bless, -Patrick

March 2014 Dominican Experience Weekend

Dew March 2014

This weekend is the spring Dominican Experience Weekend (DEW) at St. Albert’s Priory Irving, TX. Check out this great group with Fr. John Pitzer.    

Dominican Experience Weekend- March 7-9

DEW Feb 2013

Are You Discerning a Vocation as a Priest or Cooperator Brother? If you would like to explore a vocation as a Dominican (Order of Preachers) priest or brother, we invite you to join us for a Dominican Experience Weekend. This weekend of prayer, community and information sharing (held in English) is designed to help men like you explore the possibility of a vocation to Dominican life. College-age and older men are invited to join us for the weekend to learn more. Dominican Experience Weekend St. Albert’s Priory Irving, TX March 7th-9th contact: Fr. John @ john.pitzer@gmail.com



Greetings……   As the temperature even here in New Orleans boarders on the chilly side, it is easy to be reminded of the change of seasons.  Especially with much of the country is freezing!  In the Vocation world things continue to remain busy as we concluded a successful Dominican Experience Weekend last month and are making plans for our first admission board weekend to be held at the end of January.  In addition, Fr. Jorge Rativa who is a member of our Vocation Team will be joining Fr. Benedict from the Eastern Province for “Dominican Week” at the University of Florida in Gainsville December 1st – 4th.   We are also making plans to attend the FOCUS convention in Dallas in early January!  And as we approach the special day to give thanks……   let us all remember to thank God for our blessings and of course for the gift of faith. That is all for now……   don’t forget to pray for vocations!!!  Peace.  Fr. John