Christian Observances

We celebrate with our Christian sisters and brothers.

Photo: 2399_StDominic-22 by Dominican University / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 

Saint Dominic

Dominic is the founder of our Dominican Order (Order of Preachers). Dominic was described as joyful and prayerful; whose preaching challenged the heresies of his day. The Dominican motto is Truth and it is as powerful and relevant today – perhaps more relevant today, than in the time of Dominic....

Saint Ignatius

July 31 is the feast of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. Saint Ignatius was a priest, theologian, and spiritual director who is best remembered and celebrated for two primary gifts to the world – the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and the Spiritual Exercises. We join our Jesuit brothers in celebration....

Gifts of Pentecost

On Pentecost, Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit are given to us. We pray Come Holy Spirit! We ponder and pray over each gift; wisdom, understanding, knowledge, counsel, fortitude, piety, and fear of the Lord. This poem helps us remember the blessings that we have been...

Pentecost: Uncaging the Spirit, Uncaging Ourselves

This Pentecost, it’s time for us all to rediscover the true Holy Spirit, the Wild Fire of God's Love, Who doesn’t honor the limited “cages” in which we unconsciously enclose Her? Dare we pray passionately that She will uncage our imaginations and move us into the action so urgently needed....
Abrazo de Jesús by Félix Hernández, OP.

Saint Mary the Magdalene

The feast of Saint Mary the Magdalene is July 22nd. Mary is one of the renowned and celebrated women who followed Jesus. The memory of Mary has been maligned by the church, by Christian artists, and by the popular assumption that she was a prostitute and a repentant sinner....
Kateri Tekawitha by Wally Gobetz / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha

July 14th is the feast of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, an Algonquin-Mohawk woman. She is colloquially known as the Lily of the Mohawks. Saint Kateri can remind us about her peoples' mystic relationship with nature as sacred and help us care for earth, our common home....
Catherine Of Siena by JD Warrick / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Saint Catherine of Siena

Saint Catherine of Siena was a great Dominican saint. She dedicated herself to prayer, she contributed to the study of theology, and she was involved in her world. She worked for peace and the transformation of Church and society. ...
Our Lady of Guadalupe 2013 by Sacred Heart Cathedral Knoxville / CC BY-NC 2.0

Our Lady of Guadalupe

We celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12th. On October 12, 1945, Pope Pius XII, decreed that "Santa Maria, de Guadalupe"(Our Lady of Guadalupe) was the "Patroness of all the Americas." The symbolism of Our Lady of Guadalupe is easily recognized by the Mexican people....

Feast of All Saints!

The Dominican Center wishes all people of faith a Happy Feast of All Saints  – November 1st.  We honor all of the holy women and men who lived before us and on whose shoulders, we stand.  We live in their presence and we rejoice in their legacy and continued blessing....
Luther Memorial, Albersheinemann

Reformation Sunday 2018

To celebrate Reformation Sunday, I am repeating the words of Annette Griffin, Lutheran Minister from 2017, the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. The full text of last year's post can be found through a link at the end of this text. As Christians we celebrate our common heritage. ...
Calendar, Christianity

Feast of Saint Francis 2018

Provincial Leaders of the Franciscan Friars wrote the attached “Franciscan Plea for the Soul of America,” to continue their eight-hundred-year tradition of proclaiming the Gospel. They asked that we reflect upon it and share it widely as a means of marking the Feast of St. Francis this year. ...
Image by Félix Hernández, OP. Used with permission;

Saint Martin De Porres, OP

Saint Martin’s feast is celebrated on November 3rd. St. Martin De Porres, OP, a mulatto abandoned with his mother and younger sister by his Spanish father in 16th century Peru, grew up poor and marginalized.  He gave himself as a volunteer [donado] to the Dominican community in Lima and was...
Luther Memorial, Albersheinemann

Reformation 500th Anniversary

On Sunday, October 29, 2017, we commemorate and celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The Reformation created a schism in the Catholic Church; Martin Luther is credited with initiating it with the posting of his ninety-five theses in 1517. Luther wanted reform and criticized real abuses in the Church...
Sculpture of Hildegard of Bingen by Karlheinz Oswald, 1998 by Gerda Arendt / CC BY-SA 3.0

Hildegard of Bingen

September 17th marks the anniversary of the death of Hildegard of Bingen, named a Doctor of the Catholic Church by Pope Benedict XVI on October 7, 2012. We celebrate the anniversary of her death by sharing this poetic vision of her faith....