Fr. Mark Wedig, O.P. was recently installed as the new president of Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, MO.
We decided to sit down with him and to talk about how he integrates God and Study as a Dominican.
There are a lot of ways and methods of getting into prayer and starting a conversation with God. A huge piece of discernment is developing that relationship through regular, daily prayer. Here are 20 different methods with a few of of our favorites in bold.
A big part of discernment for Dominicans is what province you might be called to be a part of.
Here in St. Louis we are brothers of both the Central Province and the Southern Province. For more about the provinces themselves go here.
These six “checkpoints” are for you guys who feel you are already “ready” to begin deciding which of the four American provinces you ought to join. For more about the provinces
Recently, I accompanied Fr. Jim (‘Jimmy’) Marchionda, the Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of St. Albert the Great, and John Angotti, a well-known musician, on a parish mission at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Caledonia, Minnesota. St. Mary’s is a parish of about 3,000 people in rural Minnesota, which had hosted them for three previous missions, the last one six years ago. Here are a couple of my thoughts.
As a Dominican Friar, Lent is a special time. I’ve looked forward to it more every year as a Dominican; here are a few reasons why
Recently, I went with a couple brothers to talk to grade school students about life as a Dominican friar. Here are a couple thoughts.
From the founding of the Dominican Order in 1216, skilled, professional, and holy men have been called to put their training and gifts to use for the mission of preaching. Why are cooperator brothers essential to the Dominican charism?
Read Part I of II here.
In 1216, St Dominic founded the Order of Preachers to preach for the salvation of souls. To carry out the mission, Dominic created an Order composed of various components. He first organized the contemplative nuns, next the friars. Shortly thereafter, lay people began to embrace the charism and mission of the Order.
Groups of women also contributed as consecrated religious to the holy preaching in a wide variety of apostolic ways. From the beginning, St Dominic founded a non-ordained presence among the friars. For centuries they were called lay brothers or conversi. Since 1958, the non-ordained friars have been called cooperator brothers.
Much has been discussed about the decline in vocations to the religious life. In the West – the United States, Canada, and Western Europe – the problem is even more acute
On the third weekend of February, we Dominican Friars at St. Dominic Priory hosted more than 30 men discerning religious life for a vocations weekend. The weekend gave me some reminders about our life; here are a few thoughts.
Dominican Friars of St. Louis, MO
The Dominican Friars living at St. Dominic Priory in St. Louis, MO are members of both the Central U.S. Province and the Southern U.S. Province. Our student friars go through their formation together at the St. Louis Studium, otherwise known as the House of Studies.