Friars made 2014 a memorable year of growth and excitement
In April, 1964, Fr. Chuck Dahm, O.P. and Fr. John McGreevy, O.P. were ordained at St. Rose of Lima Priory, in Dubuque, Iowa, making 2014 their 50th year of Dominican priesthood. In Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, Fr. Dahm has become a staple of Dominican service to the immigrant communities and families suffering through domestic violence. For almost 30 years, Fr. Dahm has been the face of St. Pius V Parish, both figuratively and literally, as a mural with his image adorns a building across the street on the corner of Ashland Avenue and Cullerton Street.
By comparison, Fr. McGreevy has experienced nearly every aspect of Dominican life in the Central Province and beyond. Because of his nearly photographic memory recall, he is often referred to as “the ideal historian for the province” by his brothers. Fr. McGreevy spent 14 years teaching, and in administration, at Fenwick High School near Chicago, before serving in various roles at Providence College in Rhode Island, and pastoral roles in Illinois, Michigan, and Colorado, where he now resides.
In eight of the past 10 years, the Central Province Dominicans ordained at least one man to the priesthood, including this year when Fr. Luke Barder, O.P., Fr. Douglas Greer, O.P., and Fr. Jude McPeak, O.P. were ordained in May, followed by Fr. Timothy Combs, O.P. in September.
A year of challenge, change, exciting growth and renewal of values!
By Kris Coffey (DEI Chairman of the Board of Directors)
Since the closing of the St. Thomas Aquinas Priory after nearly 65 years of service on June 30, 2014 the Albuquerque Dominican presence may have changed, but the Dominican pillars of study, prayer, community and preaching have been growing in outreach, expanding in breadth, and deepening in value.
The lay community of faithful seekers and wounded healers produced a 234 page book, “To Praise, To Bless, To Preach … a History of the Newman Dominican Community at the University of New Mexico, 1950 – 2014,” replete with pictures, biographies and anecdotes. In gratitude and celebration, more than $23,000 was contributed to the various missions of the Central Province of St. Albert the Great.
D+E+I sponsors visiting Dominicans who share insights on contemporary topics in a wide range of venues. These six months, celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Province, have included
- Quarterly Missions with diocesan parishes (Fr. Jim Marchionda, O.P. on the “Power of Prayer” with Risen Savior and “Freedom in Forgiveness” with St. Therese)
- Nights of Reflection for D+E+I members (Fr. Bob Keller, O.P., Fr. George Reynolds, O.P. and Fr. Andrew-Carl Wisdom, O.P.)
- Dominican Preaching at four local parishes’ Sunday liturgies
- Blessing of Animals
- Monthly Gatherings (Sr. Geneal Kraemer, O.P., on “Mary of Magdela,” patroness of the Province, Fr. Marchionda on “What a Pope!”, Fr. Pat Norris, O.P. on pre-election “Faithful Citizenship”, Fr. Keller on “Christian Civility in a Hostile World”, Fr. Nick Monco, O.P. on post-election “Forgiveness and Healing”, Fr. Reynolds and Fr. Wisdom on “Advent and Christmas Wisdom from St. Thomas Aquinas”
- Signings of Dominican books and CDs. Listen to audio recordings at www.DEIabq.org.
D+E+I is a collaboration of the Laity, the Dominicans and the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, and will celebrate its 20th Anniversary in 2016, the 800th of the Order. The Province extends its gratitude to D+E+I for sponsoring these events and keeping the Dominican presence alive in New Mexico.
The Central Province has welcomed new friars in each of its 75 years. It’s after the novice year that men officially become members of the Dominican Order by their first profession of vows. In August, Br. Christopher Johnson, O.P. and Br. Ben Kuzemka, O.P. made first profession at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Denver, Colorado.
In early September, Fr. John Gambro, O.P. was honored by Bishop Lynch High School (Dallas, Texas), when it established the “Father John M. Gambro, O.P. Endowed Scholarship Fund”. At a banquet the night before the “Friars vs. Friars” football game between Bishop Lynch and Fenwick High School, about 250 former students and family presented Fr. Gambro with the award. Fr. Gambro taught Latin for 15 years, was Dean of Students, and shared Principal duties as one of the nine Dominican Friars who opened the Dallas parochial school in 1963. He remains one of the few Central Province Friars to have an impact at both high schools.
First Ordination at Purdue University’s St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center
By Fr. Timothy Combs, O.P.
It is difficult to fathom that God the Son desired to be so close to humanity that He assumed a human nature to Himself, and yet we know that the miracle of the Incarnation is a mystery of love. In order that He might continue the miracle of the Incarnation throughout history after ascending in to Heaven, Christ instituted the seven Sacraments. He ordained the apostles as the first bishops, giving them authority to ordain successors and co-workers (priests and deacons). So that He may be present to His beloved people through the Sacraments, Jesus intimately configures the ordained to Himself, such that He is the One speaking and acting through them. In this way, the miracle of the Incarnation is perpetuated.
Almost 2,000 years after the Lord ascended, He is still providing Holy Mother Church with bishops, priests and deacons, so that she may continue to find in the Eucharist the source and summit of her life. This was joyously on display at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center in West Lafayette, Indiana on September 13th, as Bishop Timothy Doherty ordained Br. Timothy Combs, O.P., to the Priesthood and Br. James Dominic Rooney, O.P., to the transitional Diaconate. It was fitting for the first ordination of its kind to take place at St. Tom’s, because Br. James Dominic served there during his pastoral year, and Fr. Timothy is now in his second year there as a campus minister and associate pastor. Both students and resident parishioners were excited to be able to witness such a special and holy event, and both of the ordained friars were extremely grateful to have such an enthusiastic and supportive community with whom to share such a grace-filled occasion in their lives. Please remember these friars in your prayers, that they may be worthy & effective ministers of the Gospel!