Brother Adrian (nee Patrick Brandon) McCaffery will make first profession to the Dominican Order on Sunday, August 9 along with five other classmates. Brother Adrian is the son of Patrick and Cheryl-Lee McCaffery of South Bend, IN. They are members of St. Matthew Cathedral Church in South Bend.
Adrian graduated from Marian High School in Mishawaka in 2007 and attended Immaculate Heart of Mary minor seminary in Winona, MN from 2007-2011. Adrian then worked for the Dominican Sisters Home Health Care in Denver and began a graduate program at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. at which time he decided to enter the Dominican Order in the Central Province.
The novitiate is a one-year time of discernment under the guidance of a novice master. The emphasis of this year is growth in personal self-awareness and development, and growth in prayer and learning the ways of Dominican community life. During profession, these men take vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience. Afterwards, they will append the suffix “O.P” to their name for the Order of Preachers, founded in 1216 by St. Dominic de Guzman; the Friars will celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Order next year (2016).
The six novices making profession will join seventeen other student brothers in St. Louis. The students live in community at St. Dominic Priory and attend Aquinas Institute of Theology for their theological education as seminarians for the next six years.
The Province of St. Albert the Great consists of 14 Midwestern states, including Indiana.