January 15, 2023: Second Sunday in Ordinary Time - Pastor’s Corner
(L-R) Br. Anthony Michael, Br. Paul, Br. Thomas Maria and Br. Alphonsus.
On this Second Sunday of Ordinary Time, I am delighted to announce that this is Novice Vocation Weekend. The four young men who received the habit of the Order of Preachers and began their first year of formation as novices this past fall, will be sharing their vocation stories at our Sunday Masses. Blessed with different talents and interests, they look forward to giving witness to the Kingdom of God as they continue their formation as Dominican preachers. They will live for this academic year here at St. Dominic Priory and I looking forward to you getting to know them better over the course of their discernment. Do keep them in your prayers! In order to better introduce themselves to you, I have included a brief biography of each of them.
~ Fr. Michael
Br. Thomas Maria
Br. Thomas Maria is from Puyallup, Washington, but has also lived in Colombia, Costa Rica, and Germany. While studying Aerospace Engineering at Purdue, he discerned the call to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Seattle and transferred to Bishop White Seminary at Gonzaga, where he finished his degree in Philosophy and Mathematics. He enjoys swimming and playing board games.
Br. Paul was born and raised in St. Louis, MO and graduated with a bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering. Following graduation, He worked in a steel mill in Arkansas for three years before joining the seminary for the Diocese of Little Rock, AR and then later, the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP). After discerning that God was not calling him to ministry with the Fraternity, he left and moved to Ventura, CA. In these sunny environs, he developed a new career as a software developer while also living his “dream” of surfing regularly. However, he still felt a tug towards religious life. In a particular way, he wanted to discern how he could share the gift of Scripture and its interpretation with the Church. By the grace of God, he was accepted by the Dominicans whose intellectual charism he had always respected. Please pray for Br. Paul and his brothers as they continue to discern God’s will for their lives!
Br. Anthony Michael
Br. Anthony Michael is from Portland, Oregon. He graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science from Oregon State University. After graduating he stayed in Corvallis, Oregon for a year to serve as a Volunteer Missionary to the students at the Newman Center. Br. Anthony Michael loves singing the Salve Regina with the brothers. He also likes to play chess.
Br. Alphonsus was born in Vietnam and moved to the U.S when he was a teenager. He has completed his degrees in Biology and Teaching. After a few years of working, Br. Alphonsus joined the Dominican Order to give his life completely to God. The Dominican Order attracts him because of its active and contemplative characters.