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Vocation Story: Sometimes a Man Got to Do, What A Man Got to Do

Tuesday, August 30, 2011
I am always slightly uncomfortable talking about my calling to the religious life. I suppose I suffer from a slight feeling of "vocation-story inadequacy". There is no obvious great conversion moment or period of intellectual realisation. I just did what felt natural and right. As the John Wayne-attributed saying goes "Sometimes a man got to do , what a man got to do" (this is actually a popular misquote he actually said "There are some things a man just can't walk away from" but i think the sentiment is the same"). Read more

Vocation Story - Andrew Brookes OP

Saturday, July 23, 2011
Born in Birmingham during the Second Vatican Council, I was brought up in a family of practising Catholics in the years of its initial implementation. From my early years I had a fascination with the person of Jesus and a strong affection for him and commitment to him. This continued into my teenage years though, looking back, I increasingly formulated it in a less than orthodox framework. Aged 16, amidst a personal crisis, I received what I can still only call an experience and also an understanding of the extent of God’s love for me and in response to which I committed my life to God as completely and unconditionally as I could. This changed my life: substantial daily prayer, regular Scripture reading, wider study of theology, and more frequent commitment to and involvement in the life and mission of the church, all quickly followed, and soon, leadership of Christian groups. Along with this I came to an orthodox grasp of Jesus and of the Christian mysteries radiating out from this central mystery of God’s Revelation. Read more

Vocation Story

Thursday, July 14, 2011
We easily take the word ‘vocation’ for granted, seeing it as something given, an ‘offer’ given from God to which we answer yes or no. Especially when we are young, we may ask ourselves: “What’s my vocation? Where does God want me to be, to serve, to live?” Being a Norwegian, raised within the Lutheran tradition of the Church of the State, the way seems long to the Dominican order in the Catholic Church. As a child, I went rarely to Church, and it wasn’t until the age of 21 that I, through years of inner prayer, finally was confronted with my faith and started to go to Mass in the Lutheran Church. God has a tendency of not leaving us in peace ... Five years later, I converted to the Catholic Church, and seven years after that, I asked to join the Dominican order, in the French province. I have spent five years in France, and have now finished the first of two years here in Oxford. Were these turns in my life written in the book of life? Was it God’s one and only plan for me to bring me to exactly this point? Have I found 'The Vocation' of my life? Read more

New Vocations Video for the Province

Sunday, June 12, 2011
Produced in 2011 by the Province's Commission for the Internet Apostolate, Godzdogz is proud to launch this Pentecost the English Dominicans' new vocations video. By the grace of the Holy Spirit, may it bear fruit in moving many to consider if they too are called to join us in St Dominic's mission of preaching for the salvation of souls. Read more

Vocations day in Edinburgh

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
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Vocations Video

Thursday, November 11, 2010
Another wonderful video from the Dominican Nuns of Summit in New Jersey.  Read more

Classic Vocation Film

Wednesday, July 28, 2010
In 1964 the Dominican Province of Saint Joseph produced And The World Looks at Us, a vocations film. The Dominican House of Studies in Washington D.C. have posted excerpts from it on its YouTube channel. Despite being nearly fifty years old, I was struck by how fresh, relevant and inspiring the message of the film still is.  Read more

Meet the Promoter for our Dominican Nuns

Sunday, July 18, 2010
We're blessed in Blackfriars to meet Dominican brothers and sisters from all over the world who come to Oxford for a variety of reasons, and occasionally, we thought that our Godzdogz readers might want to find out a little about them, and their work in the Order world-wide. Some of our readers may recall our feature series on the Dominican cooperator brother vocation, and we have also mentioned our apostolic sisters, the Dominican laity, and secular institutes. However, the Dominican family also includes contemplative nuns, the praying heart of the Order.
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Invocation 2010

Wednesday, July 07, 2010
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Vocations Story: Br Robert Gay OP

Thursday, June 24, 2010
When did you first start thinking about religious life?
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