April 28, 2019 - The Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy)
Meet the Novices
Br. Koa Mary Bartsch
Br. Koa Mary is from Kapaau in Hawaii. He first met the Dominicans at Holy Rosary Church in Portland while earning a B.A. in Theology from the University of Portland in Oregon. He enjoys outdoor activities such as camping and backpacking, and admires Saint Augustine for his contributions to the Church’s theology regarding grace. He was drawn to the Dominicans because of the Order’s charism of preaching, its robust intellectual tradition, and its balance of the contemplative and active dimensions of religious life. After formation, he will serve as a military chaplain while working in academics or parochial ministry.
Br. David Woo
Br. David is from Fullerton, CA. He has a B.S. in Psychology with a double-minor in Religious Studies and Education Studies from the University of California San Diego, where he met Fr. John Paul Forte, O.P., and other Dominicans serving in campus ministry. He enjoys getting lost in a good book, as well as numerous sports, including football, basketball and tennis. He finds inspiration in the life of St. Peter of Verona, O.P., the first Dominican martyr, who reminds us to bear wrongs patiently with faith in Christ. In the future, Br. David would like to do missionary work in Asia and Latin America.
Br. Thaddeus Frost
Br. Thaddeus is from Salt Lake City, where he earned a B.A. in English and Religious Studies from the University of Utah, and met the Dominicans at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Newman Center. He loves reading good literature, and playing boardgames of all sorts, especially those with a strategic component. Named after St. Jude, the patron saint of desperate cases, Br. Thaddeus encourages everyone to hold fast to our hope in Jesus Christ, even in the bleakest of moments. After struggling with how to reconcile questions of faith and reason in college, he joined the Order of Preachers with the hope of ministering to those with similar questions during their formative years.
Br. José María Barrero
Br. José María is from Rancho Cucamonga, CA. He has a B.A. in Theology & Religious Studies from the Catholic University of America, where he studied with the friars and the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist. He enjoys traveling and tasting new foods, especially important skills for an itinerant preacher, and his namesake is St. José María Robles Hurtado, the Mexican martyr who had a great devotion to the Eucharist and the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Br. José María joined the Dominicans because of our emphasis on the common life, doctrinal preaching and chanting the Divine Office. He would like to teach, perhaps following the example of St. Raymond of Peñafort, O.P., a canon lawyer from Spain who was elected the Master of the Order of Preachers in 1238.
Br. Francis Dominic Nguyen
Br. Francis Dominic is from Portland, but entered the Order as a novice for the Vicariate of Vietnam. He earned a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Thomas Aquinas College, a fitting place to study since his favorite Dominican is St. Thomas Aquinas, O.P. While his patron, St. Francis of Assisi, reminds him to be charitable, humble and approachable, it was Christ’s instruction to the disciples, “If you love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15), that inspired him to consider the possibility of priesthood and religious life. Br. Francis Dominic was drawn to the Dominicans because of our focus on Truth, study, prayer, beauty, a joyful community life and the apostolate of preaching.
Br. Philip Gerlomes
Br. Philip is from Napa, CA. He has a B.A. in History and Film, Television and Theatre from the University of Notre Dame, and a M.S. in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics. He enjoys running, music, art and political philosophy. His time in the United Kingdom allowed him to grow in his devotion to Blessed John Henry Newman, a member of the Congregation of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri, Br. Philip’s namesake. He admires both men because they demonstrated that Faith and Joy are not just warm. fuzzy feelings, but profound, transcendent realities. Br. Philip would like to be a teacher and university chaplain.
Br. Luke Maria Lee
Br. Luke Maria is from Cleveland, OH. He earned a B.S.E. in Chemical Engineering and a B.A. in German from the University of Pennsylvania, and a M.D. from Duke University School of Medicine. He plays the piano and the organ, and has a special devotion to Blessed Margaret of Costello, O.P. In addition to the medical miracles which have been attributed to her, two of the parishes he attended in the past had shrines in her honor. More importantly, her humility preached volumes and serves as a reminder of how God can magnify us in our weakness for His greater glory.
Br. Diego María Carrasco
Br. Diego María is from Alpine, TX. He has a B.A. in Philosophy with a minor in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. Two of his heroes are St. John Paul II, for his heroic virtue in the midst of our post-modern world, and St. Thomas Aquinas, O.P., who desired only Jesus and is a great example of sanctity and purity. Br. Diego María first met the Dominicans while in the priestly discernment program at Franciscan University. A few of his friends and classmates have also joined the Order of Preachers, all with the desire to preach for the salvation of souls.