Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe — By Fr. Rich, OP

As I survey the landscape of our world these days, I find myself gravely challenged to engage the virtues of faith or hope. I look to Thanksgiving later this week and find myself wondering, as a Church, if we can be authentically thankful.    From the Gospel of November 13, Christ’s prophetic warning, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues…Keep Reading

Time for a Renewed Engagement — By Fr. Rich, OP

As I am writing this column in the middle of October, the election is still three weeks in the future. However, because of how the system works, this column has to be written prior to the election’s outcome. Rest assured that I am not aspiring to be prophetic in this effort. I can say, with some assurance, that the world is a different place than it was before November 8….Keep Reading

This World Was Made for Thirst — By Fr. Joseph, OP

In today’s reading, we encounter one of the deadliest and more common attitudes in prayer.  Its root sin is pride, and it is produced by a biased perspective.  One’s small acts of piety and good intentions become a focal point of prayer and a means of self-glorification.  This becomes the foundation for inordinate self-love.  Focused in on itself, the heart becomes accustomed to (self) praise.  Anything that threatens this praise,…Keep Reading

Misconceptions of the Nullity Process — By Fr. Joachim, OP

The marriage nullity process is misunderstood by many people. First, we have to remember that the goal of canon law, as stated in the Code of Canon Law promulgated by Pope Saint John Paul II, is the “salvation of souls.” First and foremost, that is the aim of canon law. Misconceptions have come from people either not understanding the process or hearing misinformation from other people who are usually against…Keep Reading

An Invitation to Give — By Fr. Rich, OP

We need to increase our income. We as a community need to somehow make that happen. Twenty-five to thirty percent of the registered community supports our programs. If you are part of that percentage, thank you. If you are part of the other seventy to seventy-five percent, I invite you to prayerfully consider becoming part of the solution. Now that you know the topic of this column, you are free…Keep Reading

Dominic de Guzman: Gospel Man of Prayer — By Sr. Karen, OP

One of the four pillars that hold up Dominican life is study, so we are proud that a good number of parishioners here at Newman from pre-school through old age are involved in programs of faith formation.  Whether it’s formal religious education in pre-school through high school, campus ministry, FOCUS, Catholic Young Adults, bible studies, small faith sharing groups, Adult Faith Formation classes, or Spiritual Direction, the goal is hearing…Keep Reading

Searching for Unity in the Church — By Fr. Rich, OP

My original hope when we began to pray the “Final Prayer for a New Genesis” was that our community could come together in a prayerful action for a world less horrific, less deadly, less hate-filled. It would appear that I have failed in that hope. The prayer has engendered mixed feelings throughout our community, strong feelings from various quarters. There are those who refrain from reciting it; there are those…Keep Reading

Preparing for the Future — By Fr. Joseph, OP

Today we have the unusual story of the master commending his steward for acting prudently by selfishly squandering the master’s property.  He gives debtors a break so that they will hire him when the master fires him.  This may have been a thing people talked about in their day, much like we consider pay-to-play politics.  If it were not for the fact that these bureaucrats exploit the people, we could…Keep Reading

Patriot Day — By Fr. Joseph, OP

I understand there are more than a few in our country who are not happy with the United States of America.  But as we celebrate Patriot day on September 11, I would rather like to simply point out how patriotism can be healthy and virtuous.  Whereas nationalism is the exploitation of other countries in favor of ones’ own nation, patriotism is the love of one’s own compatriots and culture.  G.K. Chesterton…Keep Reading

Updates and Upcoming Projects at Newman

The next three numbered paragraphs consist of 299 words; they comprise the commitment and energy of many people, made real through the financial support of our community. The list is likely not complete and it is possible that I may have missed something; for that I apologize. Throughout the summer, our staff was busy attending workshops and camps, both as learning opportunities and as staff members; working with our college…Keep Reading

Dominican Gathering

This weekend opens a big week for your Dominican brothers. Fr. Joseph, Fr. Joachim and I travel to Chicago on Sunday to join our brothers from around our province for a few days of prayer, study and community. We begin on Monday, August 8th, with the feast of our Father Dominic. Throughout the week at our community prayer, we will be witnessing the vows of our brothers in initial formation….Keep Reading

Prayer for Conscience and Courage

I’ve been struggling to find coherence and succinctness  in a column for the Independence Day weekend. The “Four Freedoms” of Norman Rockwell are a poignant and powerful expression of an ideal of freedom in this country from a time long past and I wanted to somehow incorporate them in an article relevant to our life now. As has happened a great deal lately, prayer has surfaced to offer me a…Keep Reading