As an aid to prayer during the Pauline Year, Magnificat has published a book entitled Praying with St. Paul. It contains short meditations for every day of the Jubilee Year.
Fr. Peter John Cameron, OP, the book’s editor, tells us that Praying with Saint Paul has already sold out twice and is now in its third printing. For ordering information, click here.
Over 100 people attended yesterday’s opening of the Year of St. Paul here at St. Vincent Ferrer. Fr. Peter John Cameron, OP, editor-in-chief of Magnificat, began our afternoon program with an excellent lecture entitled “How St. Paul Prayed the Our Father.” For those of you who missed it . . . stay tuned. Fr. Cameron promises that his talk will appear in an upcoming edition of Magnificat.
After the lecture, Dr. Mark Bani, the parish music director and organist, along with Elizabeth Sniffen, one of the parish’s cantors, offered a short concert of sacred music inspired by the Scriptural texts of St. Paul. As always, the music was beautiful and much appreciated.
Fr. Cameron then celebrated and preached the parish’s evening Mass. Click below to hear Fr. Cameron’s homily for the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul.
In a homily delivered last year at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, Pope Benedict XVI called the Church Universal to observe a “Year of St. Paul” in commemoration of the 2,000th anniversary of the apostle’s birth.
Dear brothers and sisters, as in early times, today too Christ needs apostles ready to sacrifice themselves. He needs witnesses and martyrs like St Paul. Paul, a former violent persecutor of Christians, when he fell to the ground dazzled by the divine light on the road to Damascus, did not hesitate to change sides to the Crucified One and followed him without second thoughts. He lived and worked for Christ, for him he suffered and died. How timely his example is today!
And for this very reason I am pleased to announce officially that we shall be dedicating a special Jubilee Year to the Apostle Paul from 28 June 2008 to 29 June 2009, on the occasion of the bimillennium of his birth, which historians have placed between the years 7 and 10 A.D.
On Sunday, June 29, the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer will mark the opening of this Jubilee Year with a special afternoon of reflection. Fr. Peter John Cameron, O.P., editor-in-chief of Magnificat, will deliver a spiritual conference at 4:00 entitled: “How St. Paul Prayed the Our Father.” Following the conference, the parish choir will offer a short program of sacred music inspired by various Pauline texts from Scripture. Then Fr. Cameron will celebrate and preach the 5:30 Mass. All are welcome to attend.
At the Noon Mass on Sunday, June 1, the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer celebrated the Golden Jubilee of Br. Damian McCarthy, OP, the parish sacristan. A native of the Bronx, Br. Damian has spent over half of his religious life here at St. Vincent’s. Click below to hear the homily delivered at the Jubilee Mass by Fr. William Holt, OP, prior of the community.
In the video below, Fr. Carlton Jones, OP, the pastor of St. Vincent’s, speaks of his conversion to Catholicism during a Theology of Tap gathering in New York City.
Father Jones is a graduate of Yale University. After fourteen years in the ministry of the Episcopal Communion, Father Jones became a Roman Catholic and entered the Dominican Order. He was ordained in 1987. After his ordination, Fr. Jones earned his Doctorate in Sacred Theology (STD) from the Angelicum University in Rome. Before coming to St. Vincent’s, he served as pastor of St. Patrick’s Church in Columbus, OH, and St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, CT.
Click below to watch the video of Fr. Jones.
Fr. Aquinas Guilbeau, OP, discusses the readings for the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul with Br. Anthony Giambrone, OP, and Fr. Joseph Johnson.
On May 25, the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of the Lord, the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer hosted Blackfriars Repertory Theater for the debut of Fr. Peter John Cameron’s Via Eucharistiae. Drawn from the Scriptures and styled after the Stations of the Cross, fourteen Eucharistic meditations were delivered with simple drama and music. After the last meditation, the Blessed Sacrament was exposed and processed throughout the church.
Click below to view the entire service. The video may take a moment to load.
Fr. Aquinas Guilbeau, OP, discusses the readings for the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time with Fr. John Farren, OP, and Fr. James Cuddy, OP.
Welcome to the blog of the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer!
By God’s providence, the roots of Christian grace run deep here at the intersection of Lexington Avenue and East 66th Street. For over 140 years, the Dominican Friars of the Province of St. Joseph have preached the Gospel and administered the sacraments on this very spot. Passing generations have changed the face of the surrounding Upper East Side, but the mysteries served here remain the same: saving truth, healing grace, and the transforming love of Jesus Christ.
Parishioners and visitors alike know what wonderful things make up the life of this parish: a beautiful Gothic church, quiet chapels, gorgeous windows, fantastic wood and stone work, an excellent choir, good Dominican preaching, prayerful liturgy, gracious hospitality, adult catechesis, informative lectures, and community outreach. God has blessed us with many graces for the eye, the ear, the mind, and the heart. Through this blog we hope to share with all just a few of them.
Bookmark us, and come back often to view announcements, stories, photos, audio, and video of the many events held here. Through this blog we also hope to make the Order of Preachers more familiar to our readers. The charism of St. Dominic places an evident stamp on our parish’s preaching and sacramental life.
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The motto of the Dominican Order is taken from a phrase penned by St. Thomas Aquinas: contemplare et contemplata aliis tradere (“contemplate, and share with others the fruits of your contemplation”). Through the intercession of St. Dominic and St. Vincent Ferrer, may the good fruits shared on this blog inspire souls to a greater faith and a more lively hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.