The community of St. Dominic’s in St. Louis hosted the fall Come and See for discerners from our province and the Province of St. Martin de Porres. This is the first time the two provinces have hosted this gathering together. 27 men from across the U.S. joined us for an inside look into Dominican life.
Br. Vincent Davila, O.P. gave an introduction to the Order’s history to kick off the event. On Saturday, the men visited Aquinas Institute where Fr. Sean Martin gave a tour of the building and explained the academic expectations at Aquinas. Later that evening, Brs. James-Peter Trares, O.P., Raphael Christianson, O.P., Patrick Hyde, O.P., and Drew Anderson, O.P. led a panel discussion on the four pillars. Frs. Don Goergen, O.P., Paul Philibert, O.P., and Leo Almazan, O.P. hosted a series of talks throughout the weekend about the Dominican charism, consecrated life, and the meaning of a vocation. The discerners adhered to the Dominican schedule each day and also had the chance to meet with Frs. Andy McAlpin, O.P. and Charlie Johnson, O.P. about their vocations.
Our weekend wrapped up with lunch on Sunday afternoon, after which the friars in the house gathered to discuss the candidates and the event in general. The results were resoundingly positive! Hosting a joint Come and See was enjoyed by all, and we were impressed by the candidates who attended. This event would not have been possible without the support of the entire St. Dominic’s Community, with special thanks to Br. Carl Joseph Paustian, O.P., the hospitality master, and Br. Samuel Hakeem, O.P., who tirelessly organized this Come and See.
Our next joint Come and See will take place Feb. 12-14, 2016 in St. Louis. If you are interested in attending, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fr. Andy McAlpin, O.P.