Fore! One man’s journey from putting to the priesthood

From the National Catholic Register:  If things had gone according to the dream of his youth, Dominican Brother Peter Hannah would have been playing in this year’s PGA Championship. The tournament, which runs Aug. 8-11 in Rochester, N.Y., showcases the best players in the game, and it is the final leg of professional golf’s four major tournaments (the [Read More...]

How is Catholicism like politics?

E.J. Dionne has some interesting answers in the Washington Post today, and draws insight from Fr. Timothy Radcliffe: The conflict goes back to competing reactions to the reforms of the Second Vatican Council inaugurated in the 1960s by Pope John XXIII. The relevant camps — Radcliffe describes them in his 2005 book, “What Is the [Read More...]

The Dominican and the deacon

I survived my hour on the Catholic Channel this afternoon, and here’s the photographic evidence: me with the kindly host, Fr. Bruno.  After the show, I took him to Ted’s Montana Grill for lunch.  Since it’s Friday, and he’s a saintly Dominican, Bruno had a fried fish sandwich.  I was tempted by the bison burger, [Read More...]

"Truth is really important in our world today…"

That’s just part of what Mary Anne Marks told “Currents” when she visited the show a year ago and talked about her inspiring decision to join The Dominicans after graduating summa cum laude from Harvard.  (An event that garnered a lot of media attention with this jaw-dropping speech, delivered in Latin.)  A year on, she’s [Read More...]

Ladies and gentlemen, the Dominicans

Here’s a terrific short video about the order, full of wonder and reverence and joy. H/T CMR. [Read more...]

Bringing faith to the marketplace — really

Meet a friar who spent a month evangelizing in the middle of a shopping mall. From the Catholic Sentinel: Dominican Father Tony Wall thinks Catholics should spend more time living out their faith in the marketplace. That’s why he spent every day, except Sunday, for a month in Portland’s Lloyd Center Mall. Father Wall, a [Read More...]

Ordinary men, sacred calling

I stumbled on this almost by accident, and was delighted to see it was produced by Brooklyn’s homegrown Grassroots Films (“The Human Experience”, “Fishers of Men”). It’s a terrific glimpse into the Dominicans — the Order of Preachers, don’cha know — and well worth a look.  Enjoy. [Read more...]

Snow day for the sisters!

I think it was Leon Bloy who wrote that “joy is the most infallible sign of the presence of God.” Well, then, there’s a whole lot of God in the gals  below.  A merry h/t to Lizzie Scalia for sharing this.  I found it not only joy-filled, but unexpectedly moving. Ever wonder how nuns spend [Read More...]


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