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Understanding Evolutionary Theory with St. Thomas

Understanding Evolutionary Theory with St. Thomas   Four friars from the Province of St. Joseph; Fr. Nicanor Austriaco, O.P., Fr. James Brent, O.P., Br. Thomas Davenport, O.P., and Fr. John Baptist Ku, O.P.; have developed a website called Thomistic Evolution (thomisticevolution.org) and a companion book, that sheds light on disputed questions surrounding the relationship between

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Preaching God’s Unchanging Love on Campus

Preaching God’s Unchanging Love on Campus   The Dominican Friars are preaching the truth of Jesus Christ at Dartmouth, Brown, UVA, NYU, Johns Hopkins, and American University as campus chaplains. BlackFriars spoke with NYU Catholic Center chaplain Fr. Sebastian White, O.P., about his ministry, which has led many students to enter the Catholic Church or

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Diana Banister: The Pro-Life Movement and the Dominican Charism

Diana Banister is President of Shirley & Banister Public Affairs—the Washington-based firm that coordinates media outreach for the March for Life—and a member of the Dominican Foundation Board.   What is the state of the Pro-Life movement today?   The Knights of Columbus recently did a poll on what people believe about life issues, and

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A Missionary of Mercy: Q&A with Fr. Benedict Croell, O.P.

On Ash Wednesday, Pope Francis sent out over 1000 priests as Missionaries of Mercy, including 125 from the United States. Of these men, 18 are Dominican Friars from the Province of St. Joseph! BlackFriars spoke with Vocations Director Fr. Benedict Croell, O.P., about this initiative to bring sinners back to the Father through Jesus Christ.

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Project Rachel Ministry: Healing the Trauma of Abortion

Project Rachel Ministry: Healing the Trauma of Abortion   By: Br. Pier Giorgio Dengler, O.P.   For years—as an avid pro-lifer—I’ve known the “day job” of the Good Shepherd as He leads us to green pastures and guards us from the enemy. Through Project Rachel, I have come to know why He rejoices so greatly over

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A Dominican Witness to the Sanctity of Human Life

A Dominican Witness to the Sanctity of Human Life   By: Br. Peter Joseph Gautsch, O.P.   Saint Dominic preached far, wide, and often about the goodness of creation. One way we friars continue to witness to the sanctity of human life—from its earliest stages—is to participate each year in various ways in the March

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Jesus in the Flesh and the Problem of Abortion

Jesus in the Flesh and the Problem of Abortion Adapted from a blog post on DominicanaJournal.org   By: Br. Reginald Hoefer, O.P.   Restlessness seems ubiquitous today. People are uncomfortable with the stability of human nature and obsessed with the idea of personal autonomy. The abortion industry feeds on this discomfort because it offers us

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From the Provincial: A Heartfelt Thank You

From the Provincial: A Heartfelt Thank You By Father Kenneth Letoile, O.P. Earlier in the summer, I had the privilege of spending some days at our novitiate located at Saint Gertrude’s parish in Cincinnati, Ohio. During that time, I met our fifteen new novices who received the Dominican habit on August 8th. I also presided

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A Letter from Fr. Gabriel

The following letter was written by Fr. Gabriel Gillen, O.P. for Blackfriars, an official publication of the Dominican Foundation. Fr. Gillen serves as the Executive Director of the Dominican Foundation in New York City. Whether it is witnessing to the real presence of Our Lord during a Eucharistic procession in the streets of Memphis or standing up

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