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Irish Dominicans Discuss the Pope's Letter to Seminarians

Friday, November 12, 2010

Death’s not so dusty

Thursday, November 11, 2010
The following is a meditation by Fr Gregory Murphy OP, onetime Godzdogz contributor, now working on the parish of St Dominic's, London where he edits the weekly parish newsletter. Photographs record the visit of friars from the London community to the graves of the brethren buried at Kensal Green Cemetery. Read more

Vocations Video

Thursday, November 11, 2010
Another wonderful video from the Dominican Nuns of Summit in New Jersey.  Read more

Edmund Hill OP RIP (1923-2010)

Thursday, November 11, 2010
Please pray for Edmund Hill OP, our brother, who died this morning in Cambridge. Read more

Cyril Hilary Anderson O.P.(1920-1990)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Born on the 3rd December 1920 in Peckham Rye, Cyril Anderson felt called to the religious life from an early age. He was a postulant with the Carthusians at Parkminster but felt that his vocation was not within the monastery. He trained as an electrical engineer but still felt called to the religious life.

In 1939 he received the Dominican habit at Hawkesyard and made profession the following September. He would spend seven years at Hawkesyard during which he re-wired nearly the whole priory. His skills as an electrician would be displayed throughout his life and he would also re-wire the whole of Blackfriars Hall in London.

He moved to Woodchester in 1947 where he acted as school manager for ten years. He also taught music briefly at Llanarth but he returned to Hawkesyard in 1969 where he remain for another nine years. He had suffered from ill-health throughout his life due to a heart problem but his health deteriorated rapidly after he moved to Leicester in 1988 and he died in 1990, aged 69, with 49 years of profession.

Cyril was a quiet and self-effacing brother who was known for his gentleness, kindness and helpfulness. His life demonstrates the full and fruitful ministry of a co-operator brother. His skill as an electrician and his talent as an educator were great gifts to the province. He was also an accomplished musician and played the organ at both Hawkesyard and Woodchester.

Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.
May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God,
rest in peace,

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Doctor Veritatis

Tuesday, November 09, 2010
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Praying for our deceased brethren

Monday, November 08, 2010
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Dominican Bishop Wins International Human Rights Prize

Saturday, November 06, 2010

O lumen Ecclesiæ

Friday, November 05, 2010
St Dominic is frequently depicted with a star around his forehead, because his mother, Blessed Juana de Aza saw this appear during his baptism. This legend is corroborated with this description of the saint by Blessed Cecilia of Rome: “From his forehead and between his eyebrows a radiant light shone forth, which drew everyone to revere and love him”. Hence, the antiphon to St Dominic begins by referring to him as lumen Ecclesiæ, ‘light of the Church’, and this description says something about St Dominic, and his Order. Read more

The Antiphon 'O Lumen'

Thursday, November 04, 2010
Salve Regina Read more
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