Holy Vocations


Come & See Vocation Weekends: Dominican Province of St. Joseph

Friday, August 22, 2014

NEXT VOCATION WEEKEND:  September 19-21, 2014  (2014 regional summer vocation events can be seen here; plan now to come visit us)

Contact the vocation director to reserve your space. In recent years our four annual vocation weekends have been full, so plan ahead for the September 19-21, 2014 weekend.  (other vocation weekends will be: Nov. 14-16, Feb. 13-15, Mar. 27-29)

No matter where you ultimately go to serve the Lord, a vocation weekend with the Dominicans is an excellent opportunity to learn more about religious life in general. These weekends are the fastest way to concretely learn a lot about the Order of Preachers (and our province) in a very short period of time.

CLICK: SCHEDULE FOR THE NEXT WEEKEND  (all our vocation weekends follow this general timetable, this is important to know when you make travel plans)

Over 100 men pass through on our vocation weekends annually, not to mention many others who visit informally or other times during the year. If one of the four vocation weekends this academic year will not work for your schedule, it is possible to visit us another time (preferably during the week and during the academic year) either here in DC or at another house or priory of our province.

*When making travel plans to visit us (after confirming w/ the director of vocations), plan for at least 45 minutes of travel time via the Metro to Reagan National (DCA), or at least 90 minutes of travel time to Baltimore-Washington International (BWI). Reagan National is most convenient & sometimes less expensive.  Since the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia area have inexpensive and efficient public transportation, it is especially convenient to arrive to the Dominican House of Studies using public transportation (arrive to Brookland/Catholic University Metro stop on the Red Line, exit left up the escalator, look off to the left for the bell tower of the National Shrine, we are across the street on Michigan Ave.)

Trying to figure out what you can concretely do now to get started in your consideration of a vocation to the Dominicans?  CLICK HERE

Check out our popular vocation video, “Leaving All Things Behind”


Pope St. Pius X on the Priest: Holiness Becometh Thy House

Thursday, August 21, 2014

"It is with great fear that one must approach this high dignity, and care must be taken that those chosen for it are recommended by heavenly wisdom, blameless life and sustained observance of justice . . . Let the fragrance of your life be a joy to the Church of Christ, so that by your preaching and example you may build up the house, that is, the family of God." Above all the Church stresses the solemn words: Imitate that which you handle, an injunction which fully agrees with the command of St. Paul: That we may present every man perfect in Jesus Christ.

Since this is the mind of the Church on the life of a priest, one cannot be surprised at the complete unanimity of the Fathers and Doctors on this matter; it might indeed be thought that they are guilty of exaggeration, but a careful examination will lead to the conclusion that they taught nothing that was not entirely true and correct. Their teaching can be summarized thus: there should be as much difference between the priest and any other upright man as there is between heaven and earth; consequently, the priest must see to it that his life is free not merely from grave faults but even from the slightest faults. The Council of Trent made the teaching of these venerable men its own when it warned clerics to avoid" even venial faults which in their case would be very grave."These faults are grave, not in themselves, but in relation to the one who commits them; for to him, even more than to the sacred edifice, are applicable the words: Holiness becometh thy house.
Saint Pius X
Exhortation Haerent Animo
August 4, 1908


Life Update/What I've Been Learning About Vocations.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

First I'll give y'all a life update because it's been so long since I've posted on here for which I do apologize.
Right now I'm going to Lansing Community College. I'm getting my pre-reqs done to screen for the American Sign Language Interpreter Training Program which I will do at the end of this coming summer. I'm involved in the young adult group at my church and have started attending a new Latin Mass community in the area which I will be playing organ for.


Thanks Be To God

Hello everyone.

Please keep me in your prayers. I met with my Bishop on Tuesday and have been accepted as a Seminarian for the Diocese of Victoria


The Feast of St. Michael: SSPX 2013 Ordinations

The Feast of St. Michael, September 29th, is a special day for the brothers of the Society of St. Pius X as the Archangel is their particular patron. At St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary, also SSPX’s USA Brothers’ Novitiate, the novices made their religious vows during the Solemn Mass. After a 6-day retreat preached by Fr. Iscarra according to the spirituality of the Desert Fathers, 3 Brothers will make their First vows and 4 others will renew their vows. They are 18 attending the retreat. According to the Statutes written by Archbishop Lefebvre for the SSPX’s brothers, the brothers make their vows for one year, then twice for a three-year period, before being allowed to make their perpetual vows. The first religious profession takes place after a year of novitiate. Adding to the brothers’ ranks, on the eve of the feast of St. Michael, 2 postulants received the habit (black cassock and plain sash) and became novices, Mr. Curtis became Br. Albert Mary and Mr. Goldade became Br. Philip. The Society St. Pius X number more than 110 Brothers and 15 are presently assigned in the US


Our Lady of Guadalupe Spring 2014 Newsletter

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery Spring 2014 Newsletter

The growth of this monastic community, the construction work required for this present expansion and the ongoing apostolates depend entirely on charitable and goodwill donations.

Please send your donation in U.S. Funds:
Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery
142 Joseph Blane Road
Silver City, New Mexico 88061
All donations are tax-deductible


The Missionary Sisters of Jesus and Mary Newsletter

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

The Missionary Sisters of Jesus and Mary June 2014 Newsletter


World Day of Prayer for Vocations

Sunday, May 11, 2014

The first of our prayers for vocations brings up the theme of our clergy and religious as being much needed laborers for our faith.

God who willest not the death of the sinner, but rather that he be converted and live; grant, by the intercession of the Blessed Mary ever Virgin and of all the saints, laborers for thy Church, fellow laborers with Christ, to spend and consume themselves for souls. Through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

The second reminds us of the importance of the Holy Spirit in giving priests and religious “unselfish zeal” for God’s glory and our salvation!

Lord Jesus Christ, Savior of the world, show forth, we beseech Thee in Thy Church the Holy Spirit with whose power the apostles were so abundantly filled. We thank Thee for the blessings bestowed upon the work of priests and religious; and we pray that Thou wilt add to the number of those who now pray, labor and sacrifice themselves for Thy glory and the salvation of souls. Give them unselfish zeal for Thy glory. O good Jesus, give us more priests and religious after Thine own Heart!


And, finally the last of our prayers for vocations, lengthier but nonetheless quite moving, was composed by Pope Pius XII, who referred to the priest as being “the ambassador of the divine Redeemer” in his 1947 encyclical Mediator Dei.

Jesus, who from the tenderness of Your divine Heart, uttered prayers of compassion for poor humanity, seeking a guide that might conduct it along the difficult paths of the world towards the light and the life; O Lord, who made messengers of Your angels and flaming fires of Your servants, send to these people who are Yours, and who wish to be Yours, many priests, and clothe them with holiness so that Your saints may rejoice.

You who know all hearts, point out the elect to whom You wish to entrust so sublime a ministry of truth and love. Enlighten their minds so that they may understand the great grace of Your divine call. Strengthen their wills so that they may not allow themselves to be overcome by carelessness and pleasure or trapped by the hidden evil desires of human nature and so that they may not fear sacrifice, but spread their wings and, like the royal eagle, soar towards the serene and glorious heights of Your eternal Priesthood.

Reveal to their parents the honor and matchless beauty of the gift of their own sons that they would make to You. Grant them the strength to overcome opposing interests and affections. Inspire in generous souls a desire to aid generously those of Your elect whom poverty prevents from following Your voice. Bestow upon their teachers the necessary light to cultivate in their young hearts the delicate plant of a vocation until the day when, ardent and pure, they will mount to Your holy altar.

Then, Jesus, in their turn may they become true angels for Your people-angels of purity who renounce for Your divine love all human love, tender and holy though it be; angels of charity who renounce the consolations of an earthly family to create another and greater family of which they will be both father and pastor, and in which the little ones, the unfortunate, the weary and the abandoned, will be the object of their love; angels of light through whom faith in You will cause human understanding to be as resplendent as the morning star; angels of sacrifice who will be consumed for the welfare of their brethren; angels of counsel and comfort who will console them in their grief, sustain them in the combat, and point out to them in the trying hour of doubt, the bright way of virtue and duty; angels of grace who will purify and comfort souls and unite them to You by distributing among them the Bread of Life; angels of peace who, at the moment of death, will cause them to taste the inexpressible sweetness of desire for and love of You and will open to them the gates of heaven, where You are the light and the infinite joy of hearts forever. Amen.


Celebrating 40 Years: SSPX Sisters

Thursday, May 01, 2014

The Sisters of the Society of St. Pius X were found in 1974 by Archbishop Lefebvre and his sister, Mother Mary Gabriel.

In commemoration of their 40th anniversary, we have published some statistics from DICI, a letter on importance of their religious vocation and an image gallery of the SSPX's sisters.

Extract from Letter on Vocations:
To better understand the reasons which motivated the Archbishop to found the Society of Sisters after having erected the Priestly Society, we must remember that from the beginning the Archbishop desired that the priests themselves live in small communities. 
It is a fact that the Society St. Pius X has indeed carried out his plan. By promoting this way of life, the Archbishop was responding to an important solicitude of the Church: that priests termed as ‘seculars’ rediscover the community life, which had been practiced by them during the more fervent centuries of the Church. Especially nowadays, when the world has again become so hostile to the Catholic priesthood, the common life allows priests to mutually help and support one another...

Source: SSPX.org


Nuns, Wear The Holy Habit

I went to live in Spain for the college “Junior Year Study Abroad” program. I was raised Protestant (though 3 of my 4 grandparents were Catholic), but I did not like religion much, and really didn’t care one way or the other about Catholicism — about which I knew nothing. I visited Rome during my Christmas break, and became completely mesmerized by the beautiful nuns in full black habits who seemed like angels to me. I was at the point of making a very big decision in my life. I was deciding, at the age of 21, that I did not need God. I never had felt any closeness to Him, and I believed it was time for me to decide whether or not I wanted God in my life. I decided, “no I did not.” Still I loved the nuns.

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