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Fourteen Novices Approved for Vows

The Province of St. Joseph announces with joy that its fourteen current novices have been approved to make their temporary profession of vows on August 15, 2014, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The following fourteen men, in order of religion, are scheduled to make their simple vows:
Augustine Marogi, O.P.
Jordan Zajac, O.P.
Thomas Martin Miller, O.P.
Irenaeus Maria Dunlevy, O.P.
Jonah Mary Teller, O.P.
Ephrem Maria Reese, O.P.
John Mark Solitario, O.P.

2014 Reception of the Dominican Habit

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The twelve men who comprise the 2014 novitiate class began their canonical novitiate on August 8, an event marked by with the reception of the Dominican habit and a religious name.

Simple Profession in Cincinnati Slideshow

On August 15, 2014, fourteen brothers made simple profession in the Order of Preachers at St. Gertrude Church in Cincinnati. These brothers have now been assigned to the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC, where they will continue their formation as Dominican friars.
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The following brothers made profession:
Augustine Marogi, O.P.
Jordan Zajac, O.P.
Thomas Martin Miller, O.P.

Americana Themed Farewell to the Novices

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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.

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.

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Meet the 2011 Novices

Novice Names: "In the world you were 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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