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Living signs, hopefully, of the love of God that sustains all

Timone Pumba and Simba

I THOUGHT it was just me. However, upon discussing it with my fellow friars over lunch – and even other students from different religious orders at the theological college – it turns out we have all had the same experience. Upon meeting for the first time, wherever the location and whatever the occasion, my conversation with a fellow Catholic will ... Read More »

Jesus Christ is the reason to bother

bicycle in the rain

Cycling into the theological college every day brings with it many unexpected benefits. It is a 22km round-trip and this affords me the opportunity to have many an interesting interaction with my fellow road-users; sometimes we even exchange words as well as hand-gestures. A few months ago, I was rather taken aback by a question posed to me by the ... Read More »

Searching the road to ultimate truth

Great Ocean Road

“WHO said poverty couldn’t be tasty?” These were the profound words of one of my fellow student friars as he sank his teeth into an expertly assembled ham-and-cheese sandwich, while resting in the shade of a gum tree on a knoll overlooking Apollo Bay. Our common student holiday this year entailed a prolonged, scenic drive along the Great Ocean Road ... Read More »

Why do we venerate the saints?

Fra Angelico painting The Domincan Blessed

WHEN attending Mass in Brisbane a few months ago I had my first experience of déjà vu. Every time I left the church, a local parishioner would grab my arm, fix me with an enquiring look and ask with great earnestness: “What order are you from?” After a few days of repeating the words “Dominicans” or “Order of Preachers” I ... Read More »

Following Christ into the rough seas of life

storms

I HAVE recently had a number of conversations with different people from all walks of life; all those disparate individuals repeated the same refrain, almost word-for-word: “It’s hard for me to be a Christian in public these days”. In the office, on the jobsite, at the dog park: they are surrounded, they tell me, by people who mock and belittle ... Read More »

Holiness is an adventure

Dominican choir

“BUT are they being formed for the real world?” This was a question apparently posed to one of our friars by a parishioner after Mass a few weeks ago. We are “they” – the student friars studying theology and philosophy, undertaking various forms of pastoral work and generally undergoing the Dominican order’s process of formation. This question provoked rather a ... Read More »

The heart of what we seek

Dominicans prostrate for First Professions

BROTHER Christian and I made our first profession a few weeks ago, during Mass on the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul. At the very beginning of the Rite of Profession, having thrown ourselves prostrate, cruciform on the floor – with noses pressed firmly into the carpet before our eyes – the provincial asked a very simple question: “What do ... Read More »

Young Brisbane man Br Sebastian Condon makes first profession with Dominicans

Br Sebastian Condon keeling during his first profession

ORDINATION to the priesthood has come one step closer for former Brisbane seminarian Br Sebastian Condon who made his first profession with the Dominicans last month. Br Condon made his first profession on June 29 in Melbourne, following study in the novitiate for 12 months. The regular columnist for The Catholic Leader had previously discerned the possibility of becoming a ... Read More »

Dominican priest Fr Timothy Radcliffe addresses questions from Amoris Laetitia during Brisbane visit

Fr Timothy Radcliffe

AN internationally renowned theologian and Dominican priest has questioned why 110 young Australians have gone to fight for the terror group ISIS in the Middle East. Fr Timothy Radcliffe, who was Master of the Order of Preachers from 1992-2001, raised the issue of extremism and martyrdom during an audience with Catholic parishioners in Brisbane. “Why are they drawn to this ... Read More »

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