Each summer, Dominican student brothers of the Province of St. Albert the Great are sent abroad to serve, to study, often to teach, and to build relationships with brothers and sisters of the worldwide Order of Preachers. See what the busy men of the Central Province have been up to so far this summer.
SENT TO Vietnam
Brother Drew Anderson, O.P. and Br. Patrick Hyde, O.P. were sent to new territory (for them, at least) in Vietnam. These two young friars were sent to teach English to Vietnamese Dominican student brothers for two months.
While this was Br. Drew’s first encounter teaching English, Br. Patrick brought prior experience teaching at St. Michael Indian School in Arizona. The Vietnamese brothers with whom they worked seemed to take every opportunity they could to improve their English, even practicing with Brs. Drew and Patrick during and after meal times, their main breaks during the day.
You can read several entries from the trip online through Br. Drew’s blog: www.preachingfriars.org/view-vietnam. You can also view his full posts on our website at: http://opcentral.org/follow-the-white-habit.
Pastoral Year Assignments
Stateside, four student brothers recently received their pastoral year assignment, which dictates the ministries where they will serve during this school year and learn some of the practical points of Dominican Life.
Two of our brothers have placements in campus ministry and two will serve during this school year and learn some of the parish ministry. Brother Brent Bowen, O.P. will spend his year at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, and Brother Reginald Wolford, O.P. will serve at St. Paul’s Catholic Center at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Brother Lorenzo Laorden, O.P. will serve St. Vincent Ferrer Parish in River Forest, Illinois and Br. Brian Zuelke, O.P. will serve at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Madison, Wisconsin.
SENT TO Columbia
Brother Christopher Johnson, O.P. was sent to Bogota, Columbia this summer. A portion of his time abroad has been spent learning Spanish, while the remainder of his time has been spent working with people displaced by the drug wars.
SENT TO Kenya