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Third Order of Penance of St. Dominic
Saint Dominic in glory from the Constitutions of the Order
To Praise, to Bless and to Preach
Established in 1999
Our chapter originated as a Catholic community of laity in Massachusetts in 1999. Our mission was led by faithful Catholics searching for a deeper understanding of the One True Faith. From the beginning, the community has defended all that Holy Mother Church teaches; whether that be Sacred Scripture or Sacred Traditions. Our growth came about slowly, but regardless of our own inabilities we were able to move forward with Jesus because by the grace of God, we have submitted our lives to His Will and not our own. With this journey now beginning, we moved away from our local Novus Ordo parishes looking for a more conservative and more pleasing way to worship God. We moved through various Post Vatican II programs. Unfortunately, the fruits of these movements in the post-Conciliar Church simply were not there. Yes, the madness of these movements got us into the Church building but they did not show us how to worship or how to keep us there. On the contrary, it showed us irreverence and the temptation of "feeling good" rather than looking for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
"When we enter ornate and clean Basilicas, adorned with crosses, sacred images, altars and burning lamps, we most easily conceive devotion. But on the other hand, when we enter the temples of the heretics, where there is nothing except a chair for preaching and a table for making a meal, we feel ourselves to be entering a profane hall and not the House of God."
Saint Robert Bellarmine, Doctor of the Catholic Church
There was a lesson to be learned in all of this and God did indeed illustrate the Truth to us. Thanks to the many graces granted by God to continually pray for clarity, as well as a strong desire to do the Lord's Will and the intercession of Our Lady; we started going to the Tridentine Mass. This became the most remarkable experience of our lives; it was truly a blessing from God to see and experience the perfect Mass. We experienced a full immersion of graces that left us in awe, not only spiritually, but also our senses were realizing the holiness that surrounded us. Whether this was the realization that the Mass was the true sacrifice offered to God through the priest or the beautiful hymns that were sung so magnificently and children regardless of age showing God reverence, or not one soul talking in the Church; these outside factors, as well as the more important internal and spiritual factors, along with study of the Catholic Faith, made us realize that we were missing the one true Roman Rite Mass as God intended all mankind to observe.
"...the Novus Ordo represents, both as a whole and in its details, a striking departure from the Catholic theology of the Mass as it was formulated in Session XXII of the Council of Trent..."
"The Ottaviani Intervention":Letter from Cardinals Ottaviani and Bacci to Paul VI, September 25th, 1969
The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Sacred Traditions, the Holy Rosary, study and reading the lives of the saints are what guided our souls and hearts forward. In this process we realized what a dire state our Holy Mother Church was in. Our mission has been solidified with true sacraments of Holy Mother Church and zeal for the salvation of souls that has not faded with time. We exist simply to spread and preach the Truth of the Catholic Faith and to pass out Our Lady's sacramentals and message, which provide the means for graces. We have made it a point in our lives to preach the Truth that Jesus Christ has taught us, but at the same time acting prudently. Through prayer, our community has embraced and follows the traditional Dominican Third Order rule and constitution. On Rosary Sunday in 2005, the Willing Shepherds of Jesus Christ became a chapter of the Third Order of Penance of St. Dominic by Bishop Robert McKenna, O.P.
As Dominicans, we are divided between prayer, study and work. As St. Dominic charged, we share the fruits of our contemplation by performing the Spiritual Works of Mercy as well as Corporal Works of Mercy. We are bound to the observance of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass solely according to the form ordained by the Council of Trent. In all rites, ceremonies and usages. Without exception, we adhere to the established forms of Holy Tradition, esteeming the ancient and venerable as fitting for Divine worship, and rejecting novel and demonic forms which are incompatible with Catholic worship. We offer ourselves unceasingly to God as faithful servants for the Catholic priesthood, for conversion of dying sinners, for the suffering souls in Purgatory and for the return of all souls to the traditional Catholic Faith and Doctrine. We promote separation from the world, simply because if we live by the world we will lose our souls to the world. Our Lord warns of this and we feel very blessed to have had the graces to realize this. Sacred Tradition clearly states: "And unto whomsoever much is given, of him much shall be required (Luke 12:48)."
"And if sons, heirs also; heirs indeed of God and joint heirs with Christ: yet so, if we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified with him. For I reckon that the sufferings of this time are not worthy to be compared with the glory to come that shall be revealed in us." Romans 8:17-18
The Dominican Life is a particular way in which a Catholic seeks union with the Divine Will through Jesus Christ Our Lord. The Dominican Order (Order of Preachers) is one family within the City of God- a cell or member of the Mystical Body of Christ, a branch of the True Vine. Under God's Providence St. Dominic brought it into being at a definite moment in history in order to fulfill a definite function in the Church.
The children of this family of St. Dominic, forming themselves on the traditions and examples of nearly eight centuries, are bound together within God's Church by ties that transcend differences of race and tongue and are more enduring than the bonds of earthly kinship. After the example of St. Dominic- his life, his acts, his spirit- every Dominican must set upon his whole life the seal of truth. Veritas! That powerful word which is emblazoned on the Dominican shield sums up the whole rule of conduct for each Dominican.
The Dominican Priests and Brothers of the Holy Face of Jesus is a traditional religious community following the rule and constitutions of the Order of Preachers. Our purpose is to invite Our Lord Jesus Christ into our everyday lives and the lives of those around us through the sacraments, prayer, study and example. We have been established to preserve the traditional practices of the Dominican Order. In particular, our community gives special daily attention in our prayer to dying sinners, the Holy Souls in Purgatory, the holiness of our traditional Catholic priests and the restoration of Holy Mother Church; starting with the Papacy.
The secular branch of our chapter assembles once a month as a true spiritual family. These chapter meetings are meant to rekindle our Christian ideals and to receive nourishment for our spiritual life. This will assure our dedication to preserving the Tridentine Latin Mass and Traditional Church Doctrine along with greater devotion and understanding of our lives as Dominicans. The secular branch of our community preserved our original name for their chapter: "Willing Shepherds of Jesus Christ."
Where did your chapter name “Willing Shepherds of Jesus Christ” originate?
The three Fatima children; Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta, inspired our chapter’s name. The Fatima children were considered “shepherds of souls,” a play on their previous profession of shepherding their sheep. They certainly have saved many souls through their example and preaching the truth of our Catholic Faith. Our chapter’s name is inspired by their simple mission, that we all should be willing to shepherd those around us to the one true faith through our prayers, sacrifices and trying our best to give a good Catholic example.
Since this chapter title is for our secular branch (not to be confused with the religious community: Dominican Priests and Brothers of the Holy Face of Jesus) of the Third Order of Penance of St. Dominic; this title certainly should not be taken in the strict sense, where only bishops and priests are true shepherds of the Catholic Faith. It is bishops and priests, who are by right the shepherds of Christ' faithful. However, the title was given to many individuals throughout Catholic history other than bishops and priests; for example Jesus Himself called Sister Mary of Saint Peter to be a shepherdess. Her selfless life gave us incredible insight into Our Lord and His suffering and the “Golden Arrow” prayer that Our Lord so much desires we pray.
Excerpts from the Golden Arrow, Page 165-166
Vigil of the of the Epiphany, January 5th, 1846
The Divine Redeemer holds out blessings of unbounded hope even for those blasphemers who openly attack Religion and the Holy Catholic Church. Referring to this class of sinners as “His poor sheep, bitten by the serpent and infected with the madness of blasphemy,” the Savior entrust them to Sr. Mary’s care appointing her as their shepherdess… Jesus told her she must lead these poor sheep to graze on the pastures of the Divine Mysteries of His Life in order that they might be cured and He also said that she must shelter these sheep in the Adorable wounds of His Sacred Heart and brand these poor straying sheep with the picture of His Holy Face.
St. Dominic, when starting the Third Order had all of his followers study and then preach the true faith to all. Prior to this the bishops and priests were left alone to fulfill this task. Since then the Third Order of St. Dominic has had countless shepherds, both religious and secular to propagate our Catholic Faith. You do not have to be in the Dominican Order or any order of the Catholic Church to shepherd souls to the truth. We are all called through our baptism to preach the Catholic Truth and defend the only Church that was started by Jesus Christ. Not only is it a duty of every Catholic but we must willfully and without complaint be shepherds of souls.
do not have to be worthy; you only have to be willing."
- Padre Pio
Our Lady's Intercession and Sacred Heart Church
The history of our small Catholic community obtaining Sacred Heart Church is nothing but a miraculous string of events. Many of the Third Order members who obtained the church, have been friends since the 1990's and have slowly grown in grace due to Our Lady's intercession. We began our journey with the Most Holy Rosary. We asked Our Lady to guide us in matters of Faith and in time our Blessed Mother did just that. As a budding community we were still in the post-Conciliar Church, not knowing or understanding the loss of Faith that happened in the 1960's. None of the members were born in the times of the traditional Latin Mass, nor were we familiar with the Second Vatican Council or any of the changes that came from it. We were simply Roman Catholics seeking the truth and the truth would indeed be given to us.
In 1999, our community would become more official, as we started a non-profit organization called Community of Hope. This organization, initially, was more secular than Catholic. We were trying to fulfill our Catholic obligations; but at the time we primarily focused more on the Corporal Works of Mercy, rather than the more important Spiritual Works of Mercy. Still within the post-Conciliar Church, our spiritual life started to take form, simply by the intercession of Our Lady and the Rosary. When we started praying the Rosary and learning more about the inspiring story of Our Lady of Fatima, our dedication to saving our souls became more and more important. It was a step that would change our lives forever. We began to realize the importance of the Spiritual Works of Mercy especially in these times. With great fervor we started a program called "Spreading Hope," which soon became the main mission of Community of Hope. This mission consisted of visiting parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Boston and New England. We distributed the sacramentals (The Rosary, Brown Scapular, Miraculous Medal and Green Scapular) with information of their history and use. Our goal was to remind Catholics of these heavenly gifts and the necessity for them as an aid to salvation. The mission was very successful. Between 2001 and 2006 we managed to give out over 750,000 sacramentals and since then we have managed to send an additional 100,000 simply through the internet and mail-in requests.
During this time frame (2001-2003) members of this small community were growing spiritually and in number. After much prayer, discernment and priestly guidance, we started our religious community following a basic rule with a blessing from a valid priest. Of course this journey did not come without the disapproval of many. Many did not want to hear about Catholicism as described by the saints or even of their childhood. The loss of family and friends would be a common occurrence in those years, though admittedly, we were not the most prudent in our young fervor, but certainly sincere. That would be one of the lessons learned to prepare us for what God had in store for us.
By 2003, we had stopped attending the Novus Ordo "Mass" all together and found refuge in the Eastern Rites of the Catholic Church and the few places that offered the traditional Latin Mass. On the Feast of All Saints, November 1, 2003, we opened a small house of prayer, dedicated to St. Joseph, and started to live out our religious vocations under the guidance of a valid and holy priest. Of course at this moment in time, we did not know the difference between a valid priest and not, but God supplied.
In December of 2003, we were at a crossroads. We were contacted by an auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Boston, and at the same time we were to meet with Bishop Robert McKenna, O.P., a Bishop of the traditional Catholic movement.1 Our purpose to meet him at the time was to ask questions regarding the changes in the Church. We were to meet with both of them on the same weekend, the Archdiocese Bishop on Saturday, December 27th, and on Sunday, December 28th we were to meet with Bishop McKenna. This of course made us very anxious, because we knew they would speak from opposite sides, so we again retreated to the Rosary and begged Our Lady to cancel one of the meetings, the one she did not want us to see. This was our prayer throughout the week, and as of Friday night there was not a cancellation. Then on Saturday morning we received a phone call from the Archdiocese Bishop, cancelling only an hour before his arrival. Leaving us only with our meeting with Bishop McKenna the following day.
Though we were nervous about the meeting, Our Lady had answered our prayers by canceling our appointment with the Novus Ordo bishop. Through this small but very telling miracle, we knew to trust in the Lord's divine plan and go forward. We arrived at his chapel, attended Mass and had a meeting with the bishop. He spoke plainly, telling us of what had happened to the Catholic Church and even his own Order after the Second Vatican Council. He then proceeded to show us the documentation to back these historical and unfortunate events in the Catholic Church. His last bit of advice was to continue to pray, especially the Rosary and Our Lady would lead the way for us.
We continued to rely on prayer and study regarding the spiritual crisis in the Church. This period of discernment would only confirm what Bishop McKenna had explained. How the post-Conciliar Church had changed almost every tenet of our Catholic Faith and invalidated most of the Seven Sacraments. The changes or removal of the Seven Sacraments (e.g. the sacrament of Extreme Unction was replaced by Anointing of the Sick, which is not the same), yet all Seven Sacraments were instituted by Christ Himself and therefore cannot be abrogated. The “New Mass,” the new ecumenical prayers and removal of traditional prayers, especially of prayers that would no longer be propagated due to their ultra-Catholic tone. The removal of all reverence and saints that relied solely on divinely revealed history, such as St. Philomena and St. Christopher. Also, our findings clearly showed that the Second Vatican Council was in stark contradiction to prior councils, especially the most profound council of all, the Council of Trent (The council opened on December 13, 1545 and closed on December 4, 1563.) In addition to the already stated concerns, it is clearly shown that the present post-Conciliar Church has broken with Sacred Tradition, the Doctors and their teachings of Catholic doctrine and the example and written tradition of the Holy Fathers, such as St. Athanasius.
In the midst of all of this, we kept our organization Community of Hope productive, even though we no longer went to the Novus Ordo service. By distributing the sacramentals our intent was for other Catholics to be aware of these gifts from God, and to give them the same chance we had received and hopefully through grace they would come to the same conclusion. Our Lady wants all souls in heaven, and certainly receiving valid sacraments and knowing the authentic Catholic Faith would be part of that journey for anyone (God did not allow our mission to be in vain, as we have parishioners that received these sacramentals, while they were still in the Novus Ordo Church, now attending the Tridentine Mass at Sacred Heart Church-worshipping Almighty God as He intended). It was through the Most Holy Rosary that we were able to understand clearly the ongoing spiritual depletion that has happened in the post-Conciliar Church. We saw more clearly the need to distribute the sacramentals to the faithful in order for the veil to be lifted from their eyes. With this intention in mind, we continued the "Spreading Hope" mission, the last one being in January of 2007, merely a month before we unexpectedly acquired Sacred Heart Church.
In 2005, many members of our small community were drawn to be Third Order tertiaries of the Dominican Order. After discerning this vocation we went through traditional preparation with Bishop McKenna in order to make the next step of our profession. On October 2, 2005, Rosary Sunday, we entered the Novitiate for one year of study. On October 1st, also Rosary Sunday, 2006, we had completed our year novitiate, and were received into the Third Order of Penance of St. Dominic, a branch of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) and we took our final profession. The community was twelve in all, half as secular members and the other half as religious brothers living in community.
Also in 2006, just a few months before our final profession, our little house of prayer received many donations of religious items that consisted of large statues, Stations of the Cross, altar linens, priestly vestments and garments, sacred vessels and so on. We were overwhelmed by these donations not knowing why God would give all of this to us, especially since at the time; it was not something we sought after. We accepted the items just in case God had something planned in future for us. It was also during this time that some of the brothers had found their priestly vocation and desired to go into the seminary. Accordingly, we knew we would need a small church in the future for them to fulfill their priestly duties. At the time we thought we had six years or so to collect the monetary needs, purchase land and have a small chapel built, an ambitious, but plausible plan.
This is where we learned how true the old saying was: "When you make plans, God laughs!" As we were preparing for one of the brothers entrance into the seminary, the Archdiocese of Boston was in the midst of a pedophilia scandal and churches were closing left and right to pay for the settlements for their victims, and also due to lack of attendance (both clear signs that the fruits of Vatican II were from an evil tree and not from God.) It was then that we decided to go to several churches that were closing and put a Miraculous Medal in the sacred ground of these churches that were set to close. With the prayer to Our Lady, that if God wanted us to save one of these churches, we would willingly do so. Sacred Heart Church in Lawrence was the first church we buried the Miraculous Medal.
Initially Sacred Heart Church was purchased by a non-profit organization based in Boston, Massachusetts. But Our Lady had other plans. One of the brothers had met the owner of another closed church in Lawrence, St. Anne Catholic Church, to talk about obtaining church items that were abandoned by the Archdiocese of Boston. When the brother returned to his community, he revealed that the owner of the closed St. Anne Catholic Church was also an investor of the then closed Sacred Heart Church. After this "coincidence," the superior of the community had the brother return to this man and set up a meeting regarding Sacred Heart Church. All thanks be to Almighty God, we managed to schedule a meeting with this investor, who also was an advisor on the planning board for the non-profit organization which purchased Sacred Heart Church. It was this moment that Our Lady really got the wheels turning. The owners of Sacred Heart Church thought it would be more beneficial to have the rectory and upper church remain for religious use, while the two school buildings, vacant convent and basement of the church would be used for their intended purpose. In February 2007, the lease to purchase deal was presented to the community and the public. The Archdiocese of Boston ferociously opposed this deal and did all they could to prevent former parishioners and new ones from coming to Sacred Heart Church's forthcoming opening. Initially the city's planning board did not accept the purposed building plan for Sacred Heart, and therefore the owners had no use for the Dominicans to take over.
But in a turn of events, the owners felt secure that the planning board would change their mind and went forward with us. The Brothers were allowed to live in the rectory and repairs to the church and rectory started immediately. Again, Our Lady would have the last say when she granted the prayers of our Dominican community and the former parishioners of Sacred Heart Church, who desperately did not want to see their beloved church turned into who knows what. We were able to save Sacred Heart Church with all thanks belonging to God.
The next problem was now at hand, we did not have the money to pay the monthly lease to purchase payments, the church was completely destroyed inside during its closing process and we did not have a priest to offer the Sacraments. Knowing God would somehow supply, we starting repairing the church immediately. Following are some examples of how God supplies for His children. One of the first major projects was the painting of the Church. We did not have the funds to paint the church, yet a kind man, who was a professional painter, offered to paint the church for only $10,000.00 paid in monthly installments. Quite a difference from the quotes we had received prior to that, which ranged between $83,000.00 to $95,000.00. As he completed his job, after working for nearly a year in the church, the only payment he wanted was our prayers.
Another example of God's divine providence would be the story behind our main altar. Our main altar was completely destroyed in the Archdiocese closing process. Soon after obtaining the church, we approached a local man who worked professionally with marble. We explained our situation and how we needed to repair the destroyed altar. It was then that he told us a personal story. In the early 1980's, St. Laurence O'Toole Catholic Church of Lawrence, Massachusetts was set to close. This man had gone to the pastor of the church and asked what was going to happen to the altars. The priest simply replied that they were going to be destroyed with the church. He would not hear of this, instead he removed the frontal piece of the altar and knew in his heart that he would be able to once again use this frontal piece in a Catholic Church. It took nearly thirty years for this frontal piece to be placed in a Catholic Church, but it would happen here at Sacred Heart Church. The front of the altar you see today at Sacred Heart is that of the former St. Laurence O'Toole Catholic Church, a fulfillment of his instinct almost thirty years prior.
Yet, another small miracle to note was the opening of the church. By August of 2007, the church was in good enough condition to open for traditional Roman Catholics to come and worship God as He intended. Our priest reconciled the church on August 3rd (due to the worship that took place in it after Vatican II) and would offer, publicly, the first traditional Latin Mass in the church on August 4th, the traditional Feast of St. Dominic, our Holy Father of the Order of Preachers (the Dominicans,) yet another sign from God that we were being blessed and protected by His heavenly court.2
Though we had never acquired monetary support to pay off the church, we were able to pay our monthly payments and continue the process of restoring Sacred Heart Church to its former beauty. We also have been able to have Mass offered on every Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation since we have opened the church.3 This is yet another glorious triumph of God, as we did not have a resident priest and our priest had to be flown in or would have to drive in on every weekend, a task that was certainly a hardship on our priests especially since they were all older in age. Yet, they knew the importance of this church surviving in order for the faithful to receive the sacraments, therefore they persevered to fulfill the office God had given them as priest and stay loyal to the Oath Against Modernism that all priests were required to take prior to the Second Vatican Council.
From the beginning, our lease only included the upper church and rectory. The basement of the church remained the property of the owners. The purposed plan for the church basement was to be used as a parking garage for their upcoming apartment complex. We desperately prayed for this not to happen, for it certainly would interfere with our parish life, as we used the basement often for church functions. It was in the summer of 2009, when we received a letter saying we had ten days to remove our belongings from the basement. The parish immediately started to do a novena in honor of St. Dominic, and by the end of the novena, not only did they lift the ten day deadline, but changed plans altogether. Now the basement would be included in the purchase of the church along with the upper church and rectory, and as if that miracle was not enough the price stayed the same.
As of 2013, we have two brothers in the seminary and one of them will soon be ordained, the church itself has gone down in price twice and finally in April of 2012, we were able to obtain a mortgage for the Church and are no longer attached to a lease. God has continued to bless us with a priest who offers Mass every Sunday and Holyday for our parish until the ordination of the first of two brothers upcoming ordination in 2015. Souls are receiving the last sacraments (Extreme Unction, Confession & Holy Communion) and the growth and miracles of conversion are happening frequently. We must recognize how truly blessed we are, owing all of this to the intercession of Our Lady who took pity on our lost souls and brought them to the Truth. Indeed this life comes with many crosses, crosses that are impossible to bear without the grace of God and the sweet intercession of His holy Mother. We have found out the hard way through this journey, that the length of time within a community does not assure us that one is safe from the attacks of the devil. These difficult times were humbling experiences and it reminded us of how Judas walked away from Christ Himself, and regardless of the miracles and graces God can supply us with, we can always choose to take a wrong turn at any moment. These experiences were a sobering reminder that the devil hates any soul trying to do good. "Be sober and watch: because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, goeth about seeking whom he may devour." (1 Peter 5:8)
There is no point in going on about the constant
slander that comes from those in the post-Conciliar Church and even those of
the traditional movement. It is understood that we all have to give an account
of every willful thought, word and deed, done or omitted, and our enemies are
certainly in our daily prayers. It is important for the faithful Catholic in
these times to always remember Our Lord's words found in John 15:18, "If
the world hate you, know ye, that it hath hated me before you." Our hope
is that all will hear the call of Jesus Christ and respond in these latter times
for the salvation of their souls. We beg that you may be on the side that has
the teachings of centuries of popes and saints, a valid liturgy and sacraments
that find their origin with Christ and His Bride, follow the true Councils,
and the teachings of the Doctors and Fathers of the Catholic Church, especially
St. Athanasius. Adhere to the warnings of Our Lady, that we find in Our Lady
of Good Success, LaSalette, Lourdes and finally at Fatima where she said: "In
the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph." Hold on to the guiding hand
of our Blessed Mother, pray your Rosary and wear your Brown Scapular, as we
should never forget her promise: "One day through the Rosary and the Scapular
I will save the world." These were the words spoken to Saint Dominic by
the Blessed Virgin Mary in the year 1208 when she appeared to him. So be diligent
in being devout children of Mary. As Our Lord chose to come to this world through
Mary, it is His wish we go to heaven through His blessed Mother, most especially
in these times. If you do this, you will save your soul.4
We humbly ask for your continued prayers and support as we continue to strive
to do the Holy Will of God with the guidance of the Holy Ghost and the intercession
of our Blessed Mother, St. Joseph and St. Dominic.
1 It should be noted here that we were received into the Dominican Order by Bishop Robert McKenna, O.P., a priest since 1958 and traditional Catholic Bishop since 1986. He was consecrated by the Most Reverend M.L. Guérard des Lauriers, O.P. Bishop Guérard des Lauriers, O.P. became a professor of philosophy at the famous clerical Dominican university of Le Saulchoir in Belgium in 1933. Under Pope Pius XII (1939–1958) Fr. Guérard des Lauriers served as a professor at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome. Guérard des Lauriers O.P. was an advisor to the Pope on the dogma of the Assumption of Mary (proclaimed in Munificentissimus Deus) before 1950. From 1954 until 1955, he served as personal Father Confessor to Pius XII. His credentials were more than impressive.
With the advent of the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s, Guérard des Lauriers became concerned with the events taking place in the Church. In 1969, he co-authored the exposing Ottaviani Intervention which was a critical study of the new Mass. In 1970, Paul VI made public a document demanding the resignation of certain conservative professors at the pontifical universities of Rome whom adhered to the authentic Catholic Faith, among them was Guérard des Lauriers.
2 The post-Conciliar Church has
changed St. Dominic's feast day to August 8th, but his feast is actually on
3 With the exception of Ascension
Thursday in 2008, which was a reminder to us all not to take for granted what
God has provided.
4 At Fatima, Our Lady had confirmed
St. Dominic’s prophecy as recorded by Fr. Marianus Ventimiglia author of an
ancient history of the Carmelite Order, published in Naples in 1773. His work
revealed how God inspired St. Dominic to prophesize that someday the Blessed
Mother would give us two devotions to be known as the Rosary and the Brown Scapular.
The following account is given as recorded: "In about the year 1200, three
famous men of God met on a street corner in Rome. They were Friar Dominic, busy
gathering recruits to a new Religious Order of Preachers; Brother Francis, the
friend of birds and beasts and especially dear to the poor; and Angelus, who
had been invited to Rome from Mount Carmel, in Palestine, because of his fame
as a preacher. At their chance meeting, by the light of the Holy Spirit each
of the three men recognized each other and, in the course of their conversation
(as recorded by various followers who were present), they made prophecies to
each other. Saint Angelus foretold the stigmata of Saint Francis, and Saint
Dominic said: "One day, Brother Angelus, to your Order of Carmel the Most
Blessed Virgin Mary will give a devotion to be known as the Brown Scapular,
and to my Order of Preachers she will give a devotion to be known as the Rosary.
And one day, through the Rosary and the Scapular, she will save the world.”
She in fact gave the Rosary to St. Dominic in 1206, some six years later. Holding
the Rosary and the Scapular, Our Lady’s Requests at Fatima were for all men
to consecrate themselves to Her Immaculate Heart. In this request she has asked
us to pray the Rosary, do penance and wear her Brown Scapular. In the final
Fatima vision on October 13, 1917, the Virgin appeared clothed as Our Lady of
Mount Carmel holding the Brown Scapular in Her hands. During this time no words
were spoken. Lucia, later said: "Our Lady never looked so beautiful as
when she appeared in Her Carmelite habit." The very fact that she was holding
the Brown Scapular tells us that she wants us to take it and use it! Lucia again
said of the Brown Scapular and the Immaculate Heart of Mary: “Our Lady wants
everyone to wear it (brown scapular); it is the sign of consecration to her
Statement in Response to the Archdiocese and Local Parishes...Click Here
For what doth it profit a man, if he gains the whole world and suffer the loss of his own soul?
Or what exchange shall a man give for his soul? Matthew 16:26
Our Prayer Life
Our chapter prays daily for the restoration of Holy Mother Church , the holiness of our priests, the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for dying sinners and for the members of the Dominican Order, living and deceased. Along with these devotions, we also pray daily to our patron Saint Joseph for his intercession, our Spiritual Father Saint Dominic and Patroness of the Third Order of St. Dominic, Saint Catherine of Siena.
We also encourage frequent confessions and to attend the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass daily. As members, we are to uphold all daily, monthly and annual devotions; while remembering and being dedicated to the Passion of our Lord, Jesus Christ through Mary in union with St. Joseph
Rosary, Brown Scapular & Total Consecration to Mary
Our Community recites the entire Rosary (15 decades) daily and is enrolled into the Brown Scapular. These two devotions are a must for our Dominican community. Our Lady herself said to St. Dominic, "One day through the Rosary and Scapular I will save the world.” We annually consecrate ourselves to Mary according to the method of Saint Louis Marie de Montfort, to show our continuing love and appreciation by being slaves under the guidance of our loving mother..
The Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Our chapter also promotes vigorously the Sacred Heart of Jesus as well as the Immaculate Heart of Mary. We firmly believe that if we follow the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, our souls will be guided to salvation by their Hearts.
Our Missionary Life and the Dominican Spirit
This Chapter, which began its work in 1999, is a traditional Catholic chapter of the Third Order of St. Dominic that has responded to the moral decay and doctrinal and theological errors that has corrupted our beautiful Mother Church. As a Dominican chapter of the Third Order, we primarily stress personal holiness. The second basic but equally essential aim is the social mission. We stand firmly beside the traditional teachings and discipline of the Catholic Church. And in addition to our commitment to tradition, the community provides an opportunity to grow with Christ as individuals as well as on a communal level. We thrive on our desire for the Blessed Sacrament and all the sacraments, understanding that this is where all salvation is found.
As mentioned above, the patron of our chapter is St. Joseph. St. Joseph led the Holy Family against great attacks from the world and Satan. Through our devotion to St. Joseph, we acknowledge that he will lead us to Jesus, as he silently brought our Savior to us once before. The great gift of Saint Joseph was forgotten for many centuries, but since the 14th century, devotion to St. Joseph has grown more and more. Seeing how his fatherly love has protected the church and so many of us through the centuries, our chapter places itself under the protection of this virtuous saint. We strive to emulate the obedience that Saint Joseph so perfectly gave to the Almighty Father.
The Dominican Spirit's principal aspects are study, preach and meditation. We should be able to defend and proclaim the Gospels, the teachings of Holy Mother Church and be familiar with the Dominican history and facts. In these times especially, we must have charity and prudence for all who are open to the truth and move in God's time and not our own. Many "traditionalists" have somehow misconstrued charity with Post-Vatican II thinking, which is the reason for division among the various "traditionalist" groups. We will not compromise the truth but understand all too well how confusing these times are, especially those who lived through the changes after Vatican II. It is therefore a mission of ours to be part of the solution and not the problem. Our concern is the salvation of souls and not the condemnation of souls, which is reserved for God alone. On the other hand, not telling the whole truth is not an option for us, but dispensing the truth according to each person's situation is key in these times. God sent many different saints who worked in many different ways with the one Truth.
Pope Honorius III approves the Constitutions of the Order
of Friars Preachers
in a Bull to Saint Dominic on December 22, 1216.
Qualifications for the Third Order of Penance of St. Dominic
†one must be a traditional Catholic actually living one’s faith and have the same theological views of the current state of the Catholic Church
†one must join with sincere intention of being faithful to the guidelines set up by the Third Order of St Dominic
†one must be at least eighteen
years of age at time of promises
†if married, one must have the
permission of spouse, unless circumstance creates exception
†love for God and one’s neighbor
†a generous soul, willing to make
†an open mind and sincere heart, eager to listen, be taught and to teach
Qualifications for the Dominican Priests and Brothers of the Holy Face of Jesus
† traditional Catholic male, single, 30 or under and must have the same theological views regarding the current state of the Catholic Church
†mature personality with stable moods and emotions
†ability to persevere: good physical, mental and emotional health
†willingness to submit to authority
†positive attitude and a sense of humor
†ability to get along with others in community
†adaptability and flexibility, and the willingness to change
-desire to study, pray and to fulfill the spiritual and corporal works of mercy by a daily routine
Living the Seven Corporal & Spiritual Works of Mercy
The Seven Spiritual Works of Mercy
The Seven Corporal Works of Mercy
1. To feed the hungry
2. To give drink to the thirsty
7:00 Morning Prayer, Rosary & Chores
10:30 Household chores or assigned ministries
12:00 Angelus, Rosary, Litanies, Office and Meditation
1:30 Household chores or assigned ministries
6:00 Angelus & Rosary
7:30 Free Time
10:00 Simple Silence
10:30 Grand Silence
11:30 Lights Out
Schedule varies on Saturdays, Sundays, Holy Days of Obligation and Dominican Feast Days..