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Western Dominican Province 

Fr. James Moore, OP, Director of Music for the beautiful liturgies at the @thenapainstitute Conference, accompanies the dulcet voices of the @carmelitesistersocd.

With joy and gratitude to God, we announce that ten men will enter our Western Dominican Novitiate next month. Visit opwest.org to learn a little bit about our incoming novice class, and please keep them in your prayers.

Thank you, Lord, for the gift of the #priesthood! As Pope Emeritus #BenedictXVI celebrates the 67th anniversary of his priestly ordination today, we share his inspiring words with clips from the #Ordination and first Masses of our four new Dominican priests. Watch the full video at facebook.com/opwestvocations.

Fr. Bradley Thomas Elliott, OP, offered his first Mass of Thanksgiving on the Vigil of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist at St. Dominic's Catholic Church, San Francisco, where he was on residency as a student.

Fr. Christopher Wetzel, OP, offered his first Mass of Thanksgiving this past Sunday at Saint Dominic's Catholic Church in Benicia, where he was assigned for residency and his year as a deacon.

Fr. Thomas Aquinas Pickett, OP, gives his mother Communion while celebrating his first Mass of Thanksgiving with our Dominican Nuns at Corpus Christi Monastery in Menlo Park on Saturday afternoon. What a blessing to offer the sacrifice of the Mass with our prayer partners. More photos on Facebook.

Fr. Pius Youn, OP, celebrated his first Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Albert's Priory on Saturday morning. More photos on our Facebook page.

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Birth of Saint John the Baptist, the forerunner of our Lord Jesus Christ. May we follow his example and be a voice preparing the way of the Lord.

Congratulations to our brothers ordained to the priesthood today: Fr. Bradley Thomas Elliott, OP, Fr. Christopher Wetzel, OP, Fr. Thomas Aquinas Pickett, OP, and Fr. Pius Youn, OP. Special thanks to Bishop Robert Christian, OP, our prelate.

In addition to our planning meetings, day two and three of the Assembly included a Mass for our dead at St. Dominic's Cemetery in Benicia on Tuesday, and a Mass celebrating our jubilarians on Wednesday. Check out more photos on Facebook.

Friars from around the Province have gathered at St. Albert's Priory for the Assembly. Please keep all of them in prayer as we prepare for our upcoming Chapter in January.

Blessings to all fathers, grandfathers, godfathers, and father-figures on this special day. May our Father in heaven grant them the grace to faithfully care for their families and loved ones.

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