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

Ceremony of Vestition with the Dominican Habit


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 [...]

Vow Renewal Ceremony at St. Albert the Great Priory


Br. Carl Joseph Paustian, O.P. renewed his vows for two years at St. Albert the Great Priory and Novitiate in Irving, Texas this past Sunday at the 11:15am Sunday Mass.  Br. Carl Joseph will petition for solemn (permanent) vows in two years.   Br. Carl Joseph began his life as a Dominican friar in August of 2011 when he began the novitiate year.  He professed simple (temporary) vows for two years on August 30, 2012. For the next year Br. Carl Joseph will be assigned to Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati Community in Lubbock, Texas, for a pastoral year.  He will work at the Catholic Campus Ministry at Texas Tech University and at St. Elizabeth’s Parish, both ministries of the Dominican Friars.   To learn more about the Catholic Campus Ministry at Texas Tech University and about St. Elizabeth’s Parish.

Albin and Rojas Professed Simple Vows on August 10th


This past Sunday (August 10th) Brother Joseph Paul Albin and Brother Hugo Rafael Rojas professed simple (temporary) vows for two years.  The brothers began their novitiate one year ago at St. Albert the Great Priory in Irving, Texas.  Throughout the year Brothers Joseph Paul and Hugo Rafael have discerned, along with their Novice Master Scott O’Brien, O.P., their call to be Dominican friars.   The novitiate is a year of discernment within the Order of Friars Preachers.  The brothers have learned about Dominican history and prayer as well as the practicalities of Dominican community life.  They ministered in a variety of settings including parishes, nursing homes, youth groups and campus ministry, and even collaborated with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal.   Brother Joseph Paul and Brother Hugo Rafael, as professed brothers, will begin their studies toward the priesthood in St. Louis, Missouri, at Aquinas Institute of Theology.   Brothers Joseph Paul and Hugo Rafael wish to pass on this note of thanks:   It is with joyful hearts that we extend our gratitude, especially to our parents and grandparents, Jerry & Sylvia Albin, Mary Ann Simon, Lisett Gonzilez, Rolando Rojas, and Marleni Pupo, as well as our family and [...]

The Pre-Novitiate is off to a great start!


The new men of the Province along with those of the Central Province are praying and playing together. Keep them in your prayers as they begin their lives as Dominican Friars.   Men can discern anywhere from six months to two years and oftentimes longer.  When a man believes that God is calling him to be a Dominican Friar, he should contact the Director of Vocations, Fr. Charlie Johnson, O.P., in order to learn more about the Dominicans and the Province of St. Martin de Porres.  After conversations with the Director of Vocations, visits to Dominican communities, a Dominican Experience Weekend (come and see weekend), and much prayer, a man aspiring to enter the Order (Aspirant) may receive an application.  Once the application is completed, the Aspirant interviews with an Admissions Board.  With approval of the Admissions Board and the Prior Provincial, the Aspirant prepares to enter the Novitiate.   The Pre-Novitiate is a two week period that serves as a transition to the Novitiate.  During the Pre-Novitiate the new men (Postulants) are introduced to Dominican community life and prayer, as well as to one another.  This year the Novitiate is at Our Lady Queen of Peace Retreat Center near [...]

2014 Collaborative Dominican Pre-Novitiate


The joy of St. Dominic resounds in the spirit of community and shared hopes of entering the Dominican Novitiate held by eleven young men taking part in the 2014 Collaborative Dominican Pre-Novitiate of the Provinces of St. Albert the Great and St. Martin de Porres. These young men, guided by their formators, friars Charles Johnson, O.P. and Andy McAlpin, O.P., vocation directors of the provinces of St. Martin de Porres and St. Albert the Great, respectively, are preparing to enter the year-long canonical novitiate of the Dominican Order.  For two weeks, they learn the fundamentals of the Dominican way, including study of the four pillars of Dominican life, community and personal prayer, chant, serving in the liturgy, personal growth and maturity and community living, Catholic Social teaching, Dominican history and introduction to our Catholic faith. All of this is taking place at Our Lady Queen of Peace retreat center of the Catholic Diocese of Memphis. In fitting tribute to the Holy Father Founder of the Dominican Order, St. Dominic, the Pre-Novitiate will conclude on August 8th, his feast day, as the pre-novices with their respective formators will travel to their novitiate sites. The novitiates are located in Denver, CO for the St. Albert the Great province and in [...]