Vocations Blog - By Father John Pitzer
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
Greetings…….. I will be in Lubbock this weekend preaching at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church which is the campus ministry site for Texas Tech. If you attend Tech or will be in the area, please stop by and say hello. And plans are continuing on our next Dominican Experience Weekend (DEW) to be held the last weekend of October at St. Anthony of Padua Priory in New Orleans. If you are interested in attending please let us know! That is all for now, and don’t forget to pray for vocations!! Peace. Fr. John
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 the weekend of October 25 – 27, 2013 at St. Anthony of Padua Priory in New Orleans, Louisiana. For more information, visit our website at www.opsouth.org or email our Vocation Promoter at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 504.837.2129 ext.12.
Greetings….. I just finished an hour of adoration here at our Priory house chapel as we joined our Holy Father Francis in praying for peace throughout the world and especially in Syria. May we continue to ask God’s wisdom to descend upon all world leaders during this crucial time. On a lighter note….. Fr. Charlie Latour who is a member of our Provincial Vocation team, is preaching on vocations at Texas A&M this weekend. He has the Saturday evening mass as well as the masses Sunday morning. If you happen to be in Aggieland this weekend introduce yourself to him. That is all for now, and don’t forget to pray for vocations. Peace. Fr. John
Greetings……. it is that time of year again when young men who have been accepted into the Order gather just outside Memphis, TN. for the pre-Novitiate. This is a two week period where candidates from both the Southern Province and the Central Province spend time learning more about the Order and what to expect this upcoming year in the Novitiate. Our Lady Queen of Peace Retreat Center an hour outside Memphis is a beautiful setting for this venture, and in the short three days we have been here, everyone seems to be settling in well. On Friday the 9th, the day after we celebrate the feast of our Holy Father Dominic, the Southern candidates will drive with me to the Novitiate in Dallas and the Central candidates along with Fr. Andy will fly to Denver and the year will begin in ernest for everyone. And mark your calendars now if you are in the Dallas area on Saturday the 10th of August when our current novices profess their first vows in the Order. It will take place in the context of Evening Prayer at Holy Trinity Seminary Chapel next door to the Novitiate at 5:30 pm. The newly professed will [...]