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Dear Friends,One of the reasons thatdays pass so quickly—atleast in our perception—isthat they are full andinteresting. Let me give you a sampling fromrecent days. By the grace of God, the Province is blessed with a growing number of vocations, bright young men drawn to a life that is by nomeans easy but that promises deepfulfillment. The Lord has also seen fit to put you in our lives, so that we have the spiritualand material support to welcome these menand form them and to carry out all our tasks,and, in doing so, give glory to Him who makesall things possible. This fall, we found a great source of hope inthe Pope’s granting Anglicans the opportunity to join the Church of Rome while retainingsome of their unique traditions. A key officialin shepherding this groundbreaking processhas been one of our own Friars, now Archbishop Augustine DiNoia, O.P., newly appointed as Secretary of the Congregationfor Worship and theDiscipline of theSacraments. Please click hereto read more. I also call your attention to atestimony by a veteran journalist, Charlotte Hays, a formerEpiscopalian whose journey to Catholicism was inspired by an amazing Friar, FatherRaymond Smith, O.P. She describes him beautifully as “a scholar in flowing whiterobes and a fifteen-decade rosary danglingfrom his belt,” a timeless description of aDominican Friar. Another fascinating story can be found by looking at the late Father Thomas RichardHeath, O.P., the first Vicar of the Province’s African Vicariate. He was victim of a viciousrobbery of the Dominican compound inKisumu, Kenya, in 2005. You will find a videoof his legacy—providing the poorest Kenyanchildren with an opportunity to get aneducation and have a chance at liftingthemselves and their families out of poverty. Five Friars made theirSolemn Professionthisfall, pledging their lives to God, to the Church,and to the Order and promising to use theirGod-given talents to build up the Catholiccommunity. Among them are Father AquinasGuilbeau, O.P., and Father Gabriel Gillen,O.P. Both men, frequent contributors to our website, look in particular to the media as anevangelization tool. Fr. Gillen just wrote an opinion piece takingDear Colleagues: With patience andperseverance, ourFoundation continues itsintense labor of collaboration with ourDominican brothers inpreaching the Word of God.Together we canaccomplish wonderfulthings for the glory of God. In this season of Thanksgiving, we arethankful to you who join usin supporting the mission of the Friars. But most of all we thank Almighty God for blessing all of our familiesand friends and for givingus faith and the true joy that come from our beingmembers of Jesus Christ.
Sincerely in Christ,Ray Clark PresidentDominican Foundation
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