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

Gratitude to a pioneer in Catholic higher education and for a long-standing Dominican mission


In his 47 years as president of Xavier University in New Orleans, Dr. Norman Francis, has met saints, a pope, bishops, U.S. presidents and many public figures, but students have always occupied a central place in his life as an outstanding leader of Catholic higher education.  Xavier has the great honor of being the only historically black and Catholic university in our country as well as the only one in the U.S. directly established by a saint, St. Katherine Drexel. In addition, Dominicans have been proud to serve there as professors and chaplains for decades.  In the photo, Dr. Norman Francis is accompanied by Dominican friars Herman Johnson, O.P., assistant professor of Spanish and head of the Department of Languages at Xavier, and Charles Johnson, O.P., Director of Vocations for the Dominican Province of St. Martin de Porres, who were present for the recent Scholarship Benefit and Thank You Tribute to honor Dr. Francis.  

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Holy Ghost Church – A Place of Dominican Preaching Since 1912!

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As Director of Vocations for the Dominican Province of St. Martin de Porres, Fr. Charles Johnson, O.P., makes a regular effort to keep up with Dominican ministries throughout the Southern U.S.  The next stop is Holy Ghost Church and School in Hammond, LA.  It has been a ministry of the Order of Preachers since 1912 and keeps going strong.  Fr. Robert Merced, O.P., serves as pastor of the parish, which ministers to both English and Spanish-speaking Catholics throughout the area.  Fr. Robert is part of a Dominican community that includes three other friars, Fr. Cayet Mangiaracina, O.P., Fr. Rafael Proenza, O.P., and Rev. Br. Mauricio Salazar, O.P.   This weekend, Nov. 15 – 16, 2014, Vocations Director Fr. Charles Johnson, O.P., will be visiting his Dominican brothers at Holy Ghost Church.  Look for Fr. Charlie at the Sunday Masses.  As the Order of Preachers, we’ve been preaching the Good News of Christ throughout the world since 1216 and in Hammond, LA, since 1912.  The message of the Gospel is timeless.  Just like our holy founder St. Dominic, we Dominicans never take a time-out from preaching.  Is God calling you to such an incredible mission? Get to know the Dominicans – vocations@opsouth.org. [...]

Dominicans in Tigers Territory (LSU) on Mon., Nov. 17th


Join Fr. Charles Johnson, OP, Director of Vocations and Christ the King at LSU’s students and community this Monday, November 17th for Mass at 6:00 pm at Christ the King Catholic Church and Catholic Student Center on the campus of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. Stick around after Mass to join Fr. Charlie for a talk on Dominican Spirituality. In addition, Fr. Charlie will be available to talk with interested students. During this month we celebrate the feast days of Dominican saints Martin de Porres and Albert the Great and all the many Dominican saints, blesseds and martyrs, come and discover the joy and richness of being Catholic on campus. See you there! For more info contact vocations@opsouth.org

Christ on the Quad: “Bringing Christ to the campus and the campus to Christ”


That motto is often heard at Catholic campus ministry gatherings across the country, but as the photo makes clear, it’s more than just a powerful slogan.  Rather, we are talking about “Real Presence” in a real-life college setting.  Where?  It all took place on the quad at the center of campus at the University of Florida in Gainesville.  A team of two Dominican sisters (Sr. Joseph Andrew, OP and Sr. Maria Carol, OP) and four friars (Fr. James Brent, OP, Fr. Benedict Croell, OP, Br. Mariano Veliz, OP and Fr. Charles Johnson, OP – Vocations Director for the Dominican Province of St. Martin de Porres) set out to evangelize the campus in Gainesville from Oct. 29 – Nov. 2, 2014, working hand-in-hand with Fr. Marek Dzien and Fr. David Ruchinski and the staff of St. Augustine Church and Catholic Student Center.  The quad was the place where Christ was present:  in the celebration of the Mass and in the “Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.”  In addition, the Lord offered his mercy there as the Dominican priests ministered the sacrament of Reconciliation to students on their way to and from classes.  Is Christ on your campus?  Of course!  Since the [...]