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From Santa Rita Trappistine Abbey in Arizona: 

March 25, 2020: Our Postulant Becomes a Novice

At our community chapter on March 25, the feast of the Annunciation of the Lord, we had the joy of clothing our postulant Sharon in the novice’s habit. The simple ceremony took place between the 7:00 a.m. Office of Lauds and our 8:00 a.m. Scripture and Communion Service. (Yes, like the rest of the world, we cannot attend Mass right now, since our would-be chaplain must stay home.)

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A new novice for the Poor Clares in Boston: https://poorclarenunsboston.org/2020/06/23/meet-sister-margaret-mary-of-the-sacred-heart/

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On March 24th at 3pm, Sister Mary Jacinta of the Holy Name of Mary made her first temporary profession of vows with the Daughters of the Virgin Mother.


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From Assumption Benedictine Abbey in North Dakota: 

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Our Novice Craig is no longer Novice Craig. He made is first vows as a Benedictine monks and will now be known as Br. Joseph. So, a great day for Br. Joseph and the rest of the monks of Assumption Abbey. May all of you also have a blessed day.

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Newark [New Jersey] Abbey - Benedictine Monks

12 hrs [18 April]

We have another novice!

This evening our community received Br. Rafael (formerly known as José Pablo) into the novitiate. He now begins a year of intensive formation in the monastic way of life. Please pray for Br. Rafael and for more vocations!

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April 23 at 10:00 AM · 

Dominican Formation: Solemn Profession & Vow Renewal

Celebration is in order for a number of our brothers! This week, Br. Thomas Mary Wagaman has been approved for Solemn Profession [Province of St. Albert the Great] and Brs. Matthew Paul Grote [Province of St. Albert the Great] and Carlos Salas [Province of St. Martin de Porres] have been approved for renewal of their Simple Profession. Please pray for them as they continue their journey; St. Dominic, Pray for us! 

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[Central and Southern] Dominican Vocations: Diaconate Ordination Announcement

We're pleased to announce officially that Brs. James Pierce Cavanaugh, Ben Keller, Adrian Patrick McCaffery of the Dominican Province of St. Albert the Great (Central Province) and James Martin Nobles of the Dominican Province of St. Martin de Porres (Southern Province) will be ordained to the Diaconate in a private ceremony at the St. Dominic Priory Chapel on May 16th. Last night, at Vespers, our Deacons-to-be all made their profession of faith in advance of Ordination. Please keep them in your prayers in these days of preparation. St. Dominic, Pray for us!


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April 17 at 11:20 AM · 

With joy and gratitude to God, we announce that Br. Joshua D Gatus, OP, Br. Joseph Selinger, OP, and Matthew Heynen, OP, will make their Solemn Profession of vows on Saturday, May 9, 2020, at 10:30am PDT. Due to quarantine, we cannot invite you to join us in person, but please join us online at livestream.com/opwest. For more information, visit www.opwest.org/solemnvows2020

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The Dominican Friars of St. Joseph province (eastern US) posted this event on FB: 

May 23


Ordinations to the Priesthood

Sat 10 AM EDT

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In another post, they mention that eight men will be ordained priests. 

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Hello all,

Two lots of novices joining monasteries in the UK in recent months: Br Hugh at Downside https://www.downsideabbey.co.uk/and-now-a-novice/ and Brs Edmund and Patrick at Pluscarden https://www.pluscardenabbey.org/newsandevents/2020/3/10/clothing-of-two-new-novices

Pray for more!

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From Mount Angel Benedictine abbey in Oregon: 

Yesterday [24 May] at 10:58 AM · 

We continue to thank God for the gift of our two newly ordained, Fr. Timothy Kalange, OSB, and Fr. Ephrem Martinez, OSB. The Ordination Mass was yesterday, in the church at Mount Angel Abbey.

The Mass of Ordination can be replayed here on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nncGb1ojEU

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Newark Abbey (Benedictine monks) has a new postulant. This monastery is in "the heart of the city" and they struggled for a a number of years. But they've had four solemn professions in maybe the last five years. And they five other men who are postulants, novices, or in temporary vows. https://www.newarkabbey.org/whats-new/news/news-story/~board/abbey-news-posts/post/james-mello-a-new-postulant-for-newark-abbey

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