October 6, 2019: Rosary Sunday - Pastor’s Corner
Happy Rosary Sunday! This weekend, we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Rosary, that powerful contemplative prayer which gave life to St. Dominic’s preaching. As is our custom, we will have our Rosary Sunday Appeal which helps to support our Dominican students. This year Br. Matthew Wanner will make the appeal. Br. Matthew is spending a year with us at St. Dominic’s for his year of residency, and so I’ve asked him to share a little about himself and the Rosary Sunday Appeal with the parish. Enjoy!
~ Fr. Michael
Greetings, my name is Brother Matthew Wanner, and I am currently assigned to St. Dominic’s Parish for this upcoming year to gain pastoral experience as a student brother. This is my third year as a Dominican, and I am honored to be a member of one of the fastest growing and highly robust men’s religious orders in the United States. Originally from the Eastern Grasslands of Montana, I enjoy large expanses of natural beauty and delight in seeking solitude in the great outdoors. Since I have moved to San Francisco, I particularly enjoy running and cycling as a way to break from my other indoor enjoyments: praying, studying, and teaching. From ministering to the poor in the Philippines to street evangelizing in the pub environments of the Netherlands, I have been blessed to receive a broad range of experiences in efforts of evangelization. Academically, my degrees bring together Philosophical and Theological formation from various institutions in St. Paul, Minnesota; St. Louis, Missouri; Rome, Italy; and Saint-Jodard, France. Growing up as the second oldest of nine children, I am also thrilled to see so many beautiful families each Sunday at Saint Dominic’s and am grateful for this opportunity to share my life with this unique and dynamic community.
In terms of ministerial activities, I am currently the Coordinator of our Confirmation program and lead the Practical Faith Formation classes for parents of children receiving religious education. As October continues to unfold, I will also be leading Alpha and Torch groups in addition to assisting our Teen Ministry. Finally, I am grateful for the opportunity to prepare couples for the sacrament of Matrimony. Each day provides ample opportunities for growth, and I look forward to facing the formative challenges that I need to mature as a Dominican brother.
Lastly, I am pleased to announce that Rosary Sunday has finally arrived, and this marks the annual appeal for supporting our ability to form the next generation of future Dominican priests. As a former seminarian myself, I can say without hesitation that we have high quality men who actively seek to serve the people of God in purity and joy. Not only are these men zealous for the salvation of souls, but they are coming to us in sizeable numbers. We currently have 34 men in formation, which is the most that we have had in nearly 20 years. Since we Dominicans do not receive any financial support from the diocese for educating our own men, we rely on the generous contributions of the faithful. Our current yearly formation expenses amount to approximately $1.8 million: including textbooks, room and board, in addition to health insurance for the student brothers. If you have any questions, please ask one of us brothers. Thank you in advance for your generous support. May Our Lady of the Rosary protect and lead all of you ever more deeply into the mysteries of her Beloved Son.
~ Br. Matthew