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Winter 2013 issue of Dominicana

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Charles Shonk, O.P. professed his solemn vows


Washington– Charles Shonk, O.P., the son of Richard and Susan Shonk of Cincinnati, OH, is one of nine men who professed his solemn vows on Saturday, August 10, at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington.

Brother Charles professed his vows in the hands of Reverend Darren Pierre, O.P., the vicar provincial, alongside Brother Boniface Endorf, O.P., Brother Innocent Vincent Smith, O.P., Brother Cassian Derbes, O.P., Brother Vincent Ferrer Bagan, O.P., Brother Cajetan Cuddy, O.P., Brother Clement Dickie, O.P., Brother Philip Neri Jordan Reese, O.P., and Brother John Baptist Hoang, O.P.

Through the profession of solemn vows, Dominican friars commit themselves until death to the work of the Dominican Order and the observance of the vows of obedience, poverty, and chastity. All nine brothers are continuing their preparation for ordination to the priesthood.

A son of St. Gertrude Catholic Church of Cincinnati, Brother Charles attended St. Charles Borromeo Preparatory School of Columbus, OH. He is an alumnus of Denison University, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Latin in 2003. Before entering the Dominicans in 2009, he taught at St. Agnes Boys’ School in New York City. Brother Charles made his first profession of vows at St. Gertrude Priory in Cincinnati in 2010.

Brother Charles was then assigned to the Dominican House of Studies in 2010 where he began his studies for the priesthood. During his years at the Dominican House of Studies he has been assigned to various ministries including the Missionaries of Charity.

The Province of St. Joseph, based in New York City, was established in 1805. It has over 275 friars engaged in parish ministry, foreign missions, campus ministry, retreat work, and education. The Province also operates Providence College in Rhode Island.

To The Heights: A Video Series from Dominicana

By: Br. Henry Stephan, O.P.|August 13, 2013|Posted in: New Evangelization, To The Heights, Year of Faith

Dominicana presents a new video series for the Year of Faith: To The Heights. The series begins by asking that most vexed question: how can I be happy? For nearly two thousand years, the Church has proposed one answer: true and lasting happiness comes from union with God. Yet, for many, this answer seems like a trite soundbite from a suspect source. Why should one really believe in Jesus Christ today?

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Simple Profession Mass


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This year's novices will make their simple professions on the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Mother at the conventual Mass at 11:30am.

A reception to follow in the Parish Center.

Novitiate: The Musical! Picture Album

Novitiate: The Musical!


The Dominican Novices provided musical entertainment as a thank you to the parish July 23rd.

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2013 High School Boys Dominican Vocation Event for Ohio & Kentucky

This will be an excellent opportunity for high school boys to meet and talk with our Dominican novices and priests about a Dominican vocation. Fr. Benedict Croell OP, the Director of Vocations for the Province of St. Joseph will also be present for this event. All High School boys are welcome; permission slip is required.
Questions? email Fr. Benedict OP vocations@dominicanfriars.org

40 Hours Pasta Dinner

40 Hours Pasta Dinner

Join us for Vespers, Eucharistic Procession, and Benediction at 4:00pm on Sunday, March 3, then join us in the School cafeteria from 5-7pm for a Pasta Dinner.

Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Friars‘ novitiate.

Dinner includes: pasta, breadsticks, salad and desserts. Cost is $5 for children and $7 for adults (over 18 years old). The Family rate is $34.

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2011 Simple Profession Slideshow

Watch the slideshow of the Simple Profession on August 15, 2011, in which sixteen men completed their novitiate into the Eastern Province of the Dominican Order. The profession of vows took place at St. Gertrude's parish in Cincinnati, Ohio where the Novitiate is located. Fr. John Langlois, O.P., Socius to the Provincial, received the vows of all the men in place of the Master of the Dominican Order, Fr. Bruno Cadoré, O.P. Present at the liturgy were also the Most Rev. Roger Joseph Foys, D.D., Bishop of the Covington Diocese, and the Most Rev. Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D., Archbishop of Louisville.

Dominicana (Dominican Students of the Province of St. Joseph)


Announcing a new feed for the Dominicana, you can find it below the Parish Mass Schedule in the right hand column of this page. This feed is updated every day.

Dominicana is a publication of the Dominican Students of the St. Joseph Province, who live and study at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC. The online edition is updated every weekday, and the print edition appears twice a year. To contact the editors of Dominicana please write to dominicanadhs@gmail.com.

Meet the 2011 Novices

Novice Names: "In the world you were called....in the Order you will be called..."

Here are some photos of the new novices including their religious names (below). Please say a prayer that these men will persevere in giving themselves more to Jesus Christ as they begin this year of novitiate in the Order of Preachers and to follow Him in the way of our Holy Father, St. Dominic.  May the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary watch over them and protect them.  AMEN! 

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