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

Preaching Nothing But God

                      This weekend the Student Brothers at St. Dominic Priory in St. Louis, the House of Studies for the Province, hosted a night of Adoration, Praise, and Worship called Non Nisi Te.         Non Nisi Te is a month night of Eucharistic Adoration, Confessions, Compline, Music and Preaching—followed by a social with the Dominican Friars of St. Dominic Priory!  Young Adults from the St. Louis area come to pray and worship with the friars.  This month Rev. Br. Raymond presided and preached assisted by Br. Nicholas and Br. Thomas More.  For more information as well as pictures and videos visit PreachingFriars.org, the website of the student brothers and be sure to follow Non Nisi Te on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.         Also this weekend Br. Thomas More preached at Vespers at St. Dominic Priory.  The student brothers preach at Vespers every Saturday and Sunday as part of their formation as friars preachers.  Watch past Vespers preaching at PreachingFriars.org.          

They Come from Diverse Places

Come & See Weekend Participants, Spring 2015

        Pray for the nine men that attended our Come and See Weekend.  They came from diverse places, including Dallas, University of Florida, Houston, Oklahoma State University, St. John’s University in Queens, NY, San Antonio, Texas A&M University, Texas State University in San Marcos and Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Our next Come and See Weekend is October 16-18, 2015.  Visit our Upcoming Events page for more information.

Come and See Weekend Update

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    Br. Thomas More Barba, O.P. presents a talk on the four pillars of Dominican life to “Come and See” weekend participants at St. Albert the Great Priory and Novitiate on the University of Dallas campus in Irving, TX.     Fr. Charlie Johnson, O.P. gives a talk to the Come and See participants.     Novice Brothers Anthony and Kevin assist Ms. Barnhart in preparing dinner.     The Come and See participants and the Dominican friars enjoy dinner and conversation.     Br. Thomas More walks around his alma mater, The University of Dallas.    

The Pastoral Year – Texas Tech

Perhaps the single question that I get asked most often as a Dominican friar is: “how long does it take until you get ordained?” I usually jokingly answer, “About seven years and a lot of prayers!” While the majority of a friar’s time in formation is spent at the House of Studies in St. Louis, where the brothers focus on their formal education by studying theology and philosophy, we also have the opportunity to live in one of our other Dominican Communities in the Province so that we can engage in full-time ministry.   This year of full-time ministry is called the Pastoral Year, which is a year-long “internship” where I get to put to good use the many things I have learned over my previous three years as a Dominican and also get more “real world” experience working in a ministry setting and serving the people of God. For the past four months, I have been assigned to Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati Community in Lubbock, Texas and ministering at the Texas Tech Catholic Campus Ministry.   So far, the Pastoral Year has been an excellent experience. Working at the Texas Tech Catholic Campus Ministry, I have been able to […]

Milestones toward Ordination


This past Saturday, February 7th, ten brothers from the Provinces of St. Martin de Porres and St. Albert the Great were installed in two different liturgical ministries reaching milestones on the way to ordination.  Brothers Samuel, James-Peter, Vincent, Raphael, and Thomas More were installed as Acolytes.  Brothers Brian, Brent, Nicholas, Ambrose, and Lorenzo were installed as Lectors.  The installations took place within the context of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass celebrating the Anniversary of Deceased Parents in the Order of Preachers.         During the installation, the Lectors each receive a bible and are instructed:   Take this book of holy Scripture and be faithful in handing on the word of God, so that it may grow strong in the hearts of his people.     The Acolytes receive the paten and chalices to present to the presider during the Liturgy of the Eucharist.  They are instructed:   Take this vessel with bread (wine) for the celebration of the Eucharist. Make your life worthy of your service at the table of the Lord and of his Church.   Each responds: Amen.   Pray for our men in formation and for an increase of vocations to the priesthood […]