Ryan & Katherine Dougherty: How the Dominican Friars Have Changed Our Lives
By Ryan Dougherty
My wife and I are profoundly grateful to belong to the Dominican parish of Saint Joseph’s in Greenwich Village. It is blessed with a community of Friars, including two who were recently ordained. The quality of preaching at Mass is evidence of each new student brother’s meticulous preparation for the priesthood.
During my courtship with my wife, Katherine, my pastor, Father John McGuire, O.P., met with us on numerous occasions to help us understand the gravity of our commitment in marriage. Katherine and I knew during our joy-filled wedding ceremony at Saint Joseph’s–with Father McGuire at the altar– that we had found our spiritual home. In 2013, we had the additional honor of receiving a marriage blessing from Pope Francis.
In June, we were blessed with a new child, Keira. At Keira’s baptism, Father McGuire presided at the service along with Brother Athanasius Murphy, O.P., who was at Saint Joseph’s for his summer assignment. Surrounded by my friends and family during the baptismal service, I knew how instrumental the Friars had been in the spiritual formation of my family. I also realized that the presence of Brother Athanasius (who will be ordained to the priesthood next year) served as a bridge to the next generation of Preachers.
Katherine and I know that our commitment helps the Friars of today continue the legacy of a brotherhood dating back to 1216. We receive each new issue of Blackfriars with anticipation of seeing what new mission the Friars are embarking upon.