Friday, August 8, 2014

A Dominican from St Francis

Sr. Maximilian OP speaking to the parishioners of St Francis.
On the eve of the feast of Saint Dominic, an alumna from our St Francis School came to visit us and presented a heart-warming talk to our parishioners on her vocation, her life and her one-year journey in Rome, this past year. Sister Maximilian Garretson OP, graduated from St Francis Catholic school and was looking for a happy life, getting married, have a bunch of children and settle down as a parent, like her 2 sisters and 3 brothers. But the Lord called her to be a Dominican of Our Lady of the Eucharist of Michigan. She spent the last year at their house in Rome, during which time she experienced the many religious events at the Vatican and around Rome, including the recent canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II. The day before she celebrated her 10th anniversary of her profession, and today she celebrates with other Dominicans, the liturgical feast of Saint Dominic.
St Dominic meeting St Francis
St Dominic lived as a contemporary of St Francis of Assisi, preached against the Albigensian heresy and helped reform the Cistercians. Dominic spent the last years of this life organizing the order, traveling all over Italy, Spain and France preaching and attracting new members and establishing new houses. The new order was phenomenally successful in conversion work as it applied Dominic's concept of harmonizing the intellectual life with popular needs. He convoked the first general council of the order at Bologna in 1220 and died there the following year on August 6, after being forced by illness to return from a preaching tour in Hungary. He was canonized in 1234. Dominicans today number 6,500, not counting many nuns who work as teachers, in social work and in hospitals.


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