Summer 2015 Opportunities to Visit the Novitiate

May 13, 2015

In August there are two opportunities to visit the novitiate of the Dominican Province of St. Joseph (Eastern) in Madeira, Ohio.

Solemn Mass of our Holy Father St. Dominic

Saturday August 8, 2015 – 11:30AM

Join our friars and the parish of St. Gertrude for the Solemnity of our Holy Father, St. Dominic. The postulants receive the Dominican habit in a private ceremony in St. Gertrude Priory just before this Mass. They will join the parish community in the church for the first of many times as Dominican novices in the Order of Preachers. There will be an opportunity to meet and have lunch with Director of Vocations, Fr. Benedict Croell OP, please RSVP:

Simple Profession Mass for the Assumption of the BVM
Saturday, August 15 – 11:30AM

Join our friars, the parish of St. Gertrude, our novices and their families for an extraordinary opportunity for our Mass of Simple Profession on the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Starts at 11:30AM in St. Gertrude Church, 7630 Shawnee Run Rd., Madeira OH, 45243.

The Mass is followed by a reception in the parish center, must RSVP:
What is the Novitiate?
(from the section On Formation from our website)

The novitiate of the Dominican Province of St. Joseph is located at St. Gertrude Priory in Madeira, OH. It is the house of formation for the men who have just entered the province and it is a time of continued discernment in preparation for profession of first vows. The novitiate year begins during first vespers of the Feast of our Holy Father St. Dominic when the postulants are vested in the habit of the Dominican friar and ends during the Mass of simple profession a year and a week later.

The novitiate is a time to discover whether one is fitted for the Dominican life – a blend of apostolic ministry and contemplative prayer. The emphasis is on prayer, the common life, and the study of the Constitutions and lives of Dominican men and women, both past and present. It is a time to ask the question: Can I see myself in the future as someone other than a friar preacher? Can I imagine myself doing anything else that brings me as much happiness and fulfillment? It is also a time for the Dominican community to determine the suitability of the man for Dominican life. It is a time of discernment of God’s will.
See also THIS on the novitiate
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FOR MORE INFO and to reserve your space contact:
Fr. Benedict Croell OP or call/text: 202-642-3597

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