of St. Anne, the patroness of Québec
we celebrate the feast of St. Joachim and St. Anne, but especially
St. Anne who is the patroness of French Brittany and Québec.
The Canadian provincial, who presided at the Eucharist, explained
how the Bretons brought both their devotion and the patronage of
St. Anne to Quebec. It is possible that they also brought their
spirit of autonomy in the face of large nations. In his homily he
underlined how important it is not to forget our origins, the tradition
which has forged us. Today is the day of our grandparents, the day
for recognizing what we have received from them, a day to reflect
on how we enjoy the presence of our elders in community and to appreciate
how much we owe them. Friar Yves Bériault, whom we never
tire of congratulating for the magnificent Chapter web site, accompanied
worked in commissions. One of these set a record of 45 minutes spent
on a discussion to select one word which all could accept to express
their opinion. We hope that word doesn't come up for discussion
again in the plenary session. The Commissions on Contemplation and
the Nuns have maintained joint meetings. That's very interesting.
The nuns commented on their experiences in contemplation and other
things inseparable from it such as the common life, vocational discernment,
and the healing value of prayer.
bishops from the United States came to greet the chapter members
and the new and former Masters of the Order. Bishop Thomas (Cajetan)
Kelly, OP was clear in telling us that the Dominicans have not always
been fully appreciated in the Church of the United States. In 1808
a diocesan priest strongly influenced by Belgian Jansenism wrote
to his bishop that the Dominicans had violent natures and were guilty
of arrogance and continuous confrontations with the inhabitants
of Kentucky. Dominicans continue to minister in Kentucky and today,
he said, the Church still needs them as well as all the Dominican
Bertrand Boland has known Timothy since he was prior at Oxford and
the former passed a sabbatical year there with the brethren. He
insisted that the necessity of dialogue is something proper to our
preaching, and to the lives of our great heroes -- St. Dominic,
St. Thomas and Bartolomé de las Casas.
Bernard O'Grady, bishop of the Solomon Islands, appreciated all
that both Timothy and the St. Joseph province have done and are
doing for his diocese. The province has even given another friar,
Bishop Chris Cardone, to be his auxiliary. He insisted that the
Order's theologians fearlessly investigate today's problems, such
as all that refers to bioethics.
Master thanked them for their visit: "Dear brother bishops,
those of us here are not bishops, (alluding to the topic these days
about whether the cooperator brothers ought to be called non-clerical
or non-ordained friars). According to the Basic Constitutions we
are cooperators of the order of bishops; surely in the hall there
are vocations to be bishops. I have noticed that some caress the
badge they wear on their breast as if it were a pectoral [cross]."
Since one of the bishops had mentioned Bartolomé de las Casas,
Carlos then announced that, incidentally, in November another Bartholomew
would be beatified. Friar Bartholomew of the Martyrs was Portuguese,
a great theologian of Trent, and advisor to St. Charles Borromeo,
another bishop. The precise date of the beatification is November
4th, the Master's saint's day -and that of the Pope! In the same
relaxed tone he said that the chapter had been discussing whether
to give the bishops active or passive voice, and he finished by
inviting them to lunch with their Dominican brethren [and sisters].
liturgy began with an "entrance into prayer" which consisted
of a beautiful song interpreted by the Canadian provincial. After
the ringing of the bells, always played with white gloves, everyone
entered and Vespers began. The president, Friar André Villenueve,
on his knees, lit the candle and entoned a song to the light. With
this original touch the Vespers proceeded with customary French
dinner there was a video. With the help of Spielberg, a good number
of chapter members went in search of the lost Ark.