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A Compass Weekend

Sunday, January 17, 2010

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A Dominican Vocation Story

Sunday, October 18, 2009
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Clothing of Novices and Simple Profession 2009

Sunday, September 20, 2009

NewsOn Saturday 12 September, the English Province rejoiced in the clothing of two new novices and the simple profession of fr Nicholas Crowe OP, both of which took place in Cambridge, the novitiate house.English Dominican Novices for 2009-10 Read more

A Dominican Vocation

Friday, April 17, 2009

My first year at university, however, which was also my first year as a Catholic, led me to conclude that this was not the case. The university chaplaincy provided a place where I could deepen my knowledge of the Faith, and also taught me the joy of belonging to a vibrant Christian community: indeed, some of us spent so much time there, it was almost like a religious community! And during this time, rather than going away, that sense of some sort of vocation to the priesthood became stronger, and, in a context where there were other people thinking about the same thing, it came to seem more realistic too.

So I decided to go and speak to my chaplain, and his first suggestion was to go and take a look at the Dominicans: this was very convenient, because there happens to be a Dominican priory in Cambridge, where I was studying, and a couple of the friars, as well as some Dominican sisters were involved in the chaplaincy. All the Dominicans I met seemed like very interesting people, and at the same time, what I came to learn of the Order appealed to me: the focus on preaching and apostolic work, nourished by a religious life in community, seemed to me like the best of both worlds (an opinion which I, unwittingly at the time, shared with St Thomas Aquinas).

The next step, then, was to get in touch with the Vocations Director, who gave me various things to read about the Order, as well as encouraging me to visit some of the other houses of the province: this only confirmed the impression that I was on to something here. Then, as part of my degree (in modern languages), I had to spend a year in Russia, where I was able to see the Faith being lived in very different surroundings and also, during the time I spent in St Petersburg, to get to know the only Dominican community in Russia. Read more

Vocations Fair at St Gregory's

Saturday, January 24, 2009
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Clothing of novices and Professions 2008

Friday, September 19, 2008

NewsOn Saturday 13 September, the Oxford community celebrated the Solemn Profession of fr Thomas Skeats OP and fr Robert Gay OP. The following day, Sunday 14 September, the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, the Cambridge community welcomed two novices and celebrated the Simple Profession of three brothers who had completed the novitiate.Robert Thomas & John Read more

A Dominican Vocation

Monday, June 09, 2008
I first began thinking about my vocation when I was sixteen. I grew up in a Catholic family with my mum and dad and two sisters and I was the youngest in my family. I was an altar boy from the age of seven til 18 when I left home to go to university. Having the example and support of my family has been crucial for me at every stage in my life. Read more

Lenten Vocations Day for Men and Women

Sunday, February 24, 2008

New Vocations Poster

Friday, November 16, 2007

“God Writes Straight with Crooked Lines”

Thursday, November 15, 2007
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