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St. DominicA quick post today pertaining to the Restoration, seeing as how we are exactly 2 months away from the start of the Stealth Sex Synod™ of Bishops of 2015. In a post which appeared on the New Liturgical Movement’s website on the  17th of July (see here), which we featured in our post titled The Francis Effect And Its New Bedfellows (see here), information was provided about the situation within the Dominican order in Italy and in the US.

In our above mentioned post, we highlighted the collapse of the Dominicans in Italy. Using information provided by Sandro Magister, we noted “that for lack of vocations, the central Italian province of the Dominicans is apparently on the verge of closing one of its most important houses, San Marco in Florence”. This development in Florence “follows the decision last year by the southern Italian province to close the equally important Neapolitan house at San Domenico Maggiore, once the home of St Thomas Aquinas”.

What we didn’t mention in our post was that the Dominican Order in the eastern US, the Province of St. Joseph was experiencing a growth in vocations. Here is this good news from the First Things post written by Dominic Bouck O.P. titled “MUST BE THE RECESSION” (see here): “After the ordination of eight of our brothers, there are over fifty of us studying for the priesthood or preparing to live life as a consecrated brother, about to be joined by fifteen more on July 25.” 

The reason that this information has been left out of the post The Francis Effect And Its New Bedfellows was due to not being able to establish the underlying cause of this vocations anomaly. We can state with a very high degree of certainty that the cause of the increased vocations is not the Francis Effect with its dated 1960’s neo-modernist “Theology of Death” (see here). The article likewise gives no clues as to what is behind this apparent immunity from the “spirit of the new springtime”. Likewise, no clue is given as to the growth in vocations in the eastern US while the deadly “spirit of the new springtime of Vatican II” ravages the Dominicans of Italy.

From past experience, your humble blogger suspected that the explanation could be very similar to the one that we provided when comparing the Diocese of Madison with the Diocese of Scranton in our post titled To Compare and To Contrast (see here). But we had no evidence.

That is until today. Over at the always excellent Rorate Caeli blog, in a post titled Order of Preachers embracing liturgy of founder (see here), we have our first evidence at the plausible answer to our conundrum of Dominican vocations. Below, this post is being reproduced…

On an aside, now if they could  only embrace the theology of their greatest theologian… (see here)

Deo Gratias

St. Dominic, Ora pro nobis.


Order of Preachers embracing liturgy of founder

On today’s feast of Saint Dominic we share a bit of hope with readers, concerning the Order of Friars Preachers (aka the Dominicans).

This past Sunday the Dominican vocations office of the Province of Saint Joseph, which represents the northeastern portion of the United States, sponsored a Dominican rite Mass for “young men, 18-35 years old, considering a vocation to the Order of Preachers.”

The sung Mass, at Saint Patrick’s church in Columbus, Ohio, was offered by Father Dominic Langevin, OP, the assistant master of students at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C.

Codified in 1254 after Saint Dominic earlier wished to have his men use one missal instead of offering regional variations of the Roman rite, the Dominican rite is fairly similar to what we know as the traditional Latin Mass, although with distinct features such as the celebrant invoking “Saint Dominic our father” in a shortened Confiteor and holding his arms in a cruciform position after the consecration.

Following Summorum Pontificum, a renewed interest in the Dominican rite has been demonstrated here and there, especially involving younger friars and student brothers.  But Sunday’s explicit outreach to young men considering a vocation to the Order of Preachers sends a clear message to traditionally-minded Catholics that the Dominican order is focusing on restoration and expansion.  

Combined with a traditional approach to theology, exemplified by the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter sending priests for graduate degrees at the Dominican House of Studies, it is no wonder vocations are booming — at least in some parts of the world — at the order of Saint Dominic de Guzman.