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New York Times: For Friars, Finding Renewal by Sticking to Tradition

Andrew Testa for the International Herald Tribune Rev. Gerard Dunne, second from left, and new priests talked to members of the public interested in joining the order.

(Andrew Testa for the International Herald Tribune)

“The Rev. Gerard Dunne has worked for 12 years essentially as a human-resources recruiter — albeit one in a habit cinched with a dangling wooden rosary — for the ancient order of the Dominican friars. Once, his medieval robes may have deterred some. But today he is convinced that the garment is his greatest selling point for enlisting new priests.

Other religious orders largely stopped wearing their traditional garb in recent years, as they tried to attract new followers in secularizing societies. But the friars deliberately went on wearing the robes and promoting the spiritual benefits of shared prayer and a communal lifestyle — with a little help, too, from a chatty blog.”

Read the complete article from the New York Times about the Dominican Friars here.

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