Father Thomas Burke, O.P.
Reverend Robert Eaton
This is a short biographical account of the English Dominican Fr. Robert Burke (1830-1883). Father Burke came from a modest Irish family and rose to become well known for his advocacy of the Irish in America, his zeal for preaching and teaching, his personal characteristics of humility, virtue, spirit of penance, and passion for saving souls.
The Angel Saint
Dublin: Office of the Irish Rosary
This is a small tract relating the life and early history of St. Thomas Aquinas, as the patron of Catholic Schools, Colleges and Universities. The tract was meant for wide dissemination among the public for promoting the Catholic Church and in explaining St. Thomas’ part in shaping the Church’s role in education.
Life of St. Catherine of Siena
Saint Catherine of Siena, Third Order of Saint Dominic, (March 25, 1347 in Siena – April 29, 1380 in Rome), was a tertiary of the Dominican Order and a scholastic philosopher and theologian. She also worked to bring the papacy of Gregory XI back to Rome from its displacement in France and to establish peace among the Italian city-states.
On June 18, 1866, she was named as one of the two patron saints of Italy, together with St. Francis of Assisi. On October 3, 1970, she was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church by Pope Paul VI, and, on October 1, 1999, Pope John Paul II named her as a one of the six patron saints of Europe.
Encyclical of His Holiness Pope Benedict XV on the Seventh Centenary of the Death of Saint Dominic
Pope Benedict XV
In this immortal document, the Holy Father eulogizes the historic achievements of Saint Dominic and the Dominican Order for the Faith, emphasizing the solidity of Doctrine, fidelity to the Holy See and devotion to The Blessed Virgin.
Fathers Badin and Nerinckx and the Dominicans in Kentucky
Father Victor F. O'Daniel, O.P.
Father Victor F. O’Daniel, O.P., illuminates a little known episode in the pioneering history of the Dominican settlement of Kentucky in the early 19th century. Using original sources, Father O’Daniel, examines the misunderstood controversy surrounding the manner of theological practice between the Dominicans and these two pioneering Kentucky missionaries.
A Primer of Church Music : For use in Dominican Convents and Churches
The Reverend Vincent C. Donovan, O.P.
This little “primer” is meant to provide Dominican Novices and Priests, as well as laypersons, the abc’s of church music and liturgical chants. While not comprehension, the primer does provide the reader with a standardized understanding of the intricacies of ecclesiastical music.
The Centenary of Saint Joseph’s Parish, Somerset, Ohio 1818-1918.
Novices of St. Joseph's Novitiate
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of St. Joseph’s Parish in Ohio the novitiates of the parish published this history of the church documenting its founders and the subsequent development of the parish throughout the 19th century.
Letter of Pope Benedict XV To The Most Reverend Father Master Louis Theissling, Master General of the Dominican Order, On the occasion of the Seventh Centenary of the Confirmation of the Order
Pope Benedict XV
This small pamphlet contains not only Pope Benedict XV’s celebratory letter to the Order of Preachers on its 700th hundred anniversary, but also two letters by the Master General of the Dominican Order, Father Louis Theissling, O.P. The first letter by Father Theissing, addressed to the Dominican Order in general discusses the date, December 22, as the formal day of celebration as well as urging the Dominican community that they should not neglect the observance.
Father Theissling’s second letter, also addressed to the whole of the Order of Preachers, is a letter of encouragement, exhortation, and blessing for the Order to continue its mission of education and preaching of the gospel.
The World of Saint Dominic and the World of Today
Charles J. Bonaparte
An address delivered on the Seven Hundredth Anniversary of the Approval of the Order of Friars Preachers by the Apostolic See, Sunday, November 19th, 1916, at Washington, D.C.
Dominicana 1916, Seventh Centenary Number
Dominican Novices, House of Studies (Publisher)
A commemorative issue of the Dominican publication, Dominicana, published to celebrate the seventh hundred year anniversary of the founding of the Dominican Order by St. Dominic in 1216. This special issue covers in brief the seven hundred year history (up to 1916) of the Dominican Order, including the life of St. Dominic, the Order’s mission, its vocation, and the lives of prominent Dominican saints, as well as the role of the Dominican Order in modern times.
The Dominicans in History
Thomas M. Schweriner, O.P.
Father Schweriner, O.P., highlights the history of the Dominican Order from the time St. Dominic received the Papal Blessing for his vision of Christ’s work on earth through to the Order’s expansion during the Middle Ages – to the development of the Order’s use of teaching, music, and art in spreading the Gospel – to the then current state of affairs in the midst of World War I. This short treatise on the Dominican Order serves as a primer for those interested in exploring the origins and development of the Order’s seven hundred year history.
The Dominican Contemplatives by a Dominican of Carisbrooke (with a preface by The Very Rev. Father Bede Jarrett, O.P)
A Dominican of Carisbrooke and The Very Reverend Father Bede Jarrett, O.P. (preface)
Father Jarrett expounds on the characteristics and the meaning of contemplation as one method of prayer in seeking God. The focus of meditating on an aspect of divine truth in prayer engages both the heart and mind and is considered among one of the highest forms of prayer. While acknowledging the abandonment of secular life for a contemplative life is not for all, Father Jarrett maintains all can and should incorporate contemplative prayer in their life as a means for a fuller understanding of the Christian life.
St. Dominic and the Rosary
Rev. A.M. Skelly, O.P.
This little pamphlet reprints a series of correspondence that arose out of a minor allusion in a sermon preached in Holy Rosary Church, Portland, Oregon, U. S. A. by the Rev. A. M. Skelly, O.P.
On Rosary Sunday it is usual in Dominican churches to commemorate the monumental victory won by the Christian armies over the Turks at Lepanto by a solemn procession in honor of the Queen of the Rosary, to whose prayers and influence with God the victory is attributed. The point in question is whether or not the origin of the Rosary is Dominican in nature.
Dominican Martyrs of Great Britain
Fr. Raymond Devas, O.P.
Fr. Devas provides the reader with a short history of three English Dominican priests, Fr. John Black, the Venerable Robert Nutter, and Fr. David Joseph Kemeys, who were martyred for their Catholic faith in the 16th and 17th centuries during the Protestant Reformation. In addition, the text includes very brief accounts of two Irish Dominican priests who were also martyred as a result of the Reformation.
The Saints of the Mass
(Complied by) Mother Philippa of St. Mary’s Convent, York
This small tome details the martyrdom of the saints celebrated in the Christian Mass. Beginning with the two Apostles Peter and Paul and ending with St. Anastasia, Mother Philippa relates the stories of these saints from Apostolic tradition dating from the time of St. Gregory the Great (540-604).
The Dominicans : Letters to a Young Man on the Dominican Order
The Very Rev. John Proctor, S.T.M., Provincial of the English Dominicans
To which are added Letters on the Sisters of the Second and Third Orders of S. Dominic, and on Tertiaries living in the world. This booklet, translated from the French, was published for the English-speaking Provinces in answering certain questions commonly asked of members of the Dominican Order.
Rubrical Pamphlet Series of the Dominican Rite
Father L. F. Kearney, Prior Provincial (Imprimatur)
The first of a series of pamphlets designed to bring uniformity to the celebration of Mass by the officiating celebrants within Dominican churches.
Compline Book for the use of the Laity frequenting Dominican Churches
Permissu Superiorum (by permission of the superiors)
Compline, the last service of the day, while a simple part of the official daily prayer of the Church, has a special place in the hearts of Dominicans especially due to the procession afterwards during which the brothers and sisters sing the "Salve Regina", a medieval antiphon to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and then the antiphon to Saint Dominic "O lumen ecclesiae".
As time went by with fewer friars in each community, the Compline became one of the few parts of the daily official prayer (Divine Office) which remained completely sung because of its relatively simple and repetitive nature.
Rerum Novarum – Encyclical Letter of Pope Leo XIII on the Conditions of Labor
Pope Leo XIII
In an open letter to all Catholics, Pope Leo XIII addressed the conditions of the working classes, the relationships between labor and capital, as well as government and its citizens. The letter supported the rights of labor to form unions, rejected socialism as well as unrestricted capitalism, while affirming the right to private property.
Pope Leo XIII also maintained that the role of government is to promote social justice through the protection of rights, while the Church must work to teach correct social principles and ensure class harmony. He restated the Church's long-standing teaching regarding the crucial importance of private property rights, but recognized that the free operation of market forces must be tempered by moral considerations.
Monte Mario Breviary
A 13th century manuscript preserved by the nuns of Monte Mario, Rome, who claim the breviary was a gift from Jordan of Saxony to the Blessed Diana d’Andalo as a remembrance of St. Dominic.
The Blessed Diana d’Andalò (1201–1236), was the Dominican nun who founded a convent for her order dedicated to Saint Agnes in Italy. There is some question as to the claim however. According to Father William R. Bonniwell, O.P., who obtained this photocopy of the breviary, the handwriting style stems from the middle of the 13th century. This would date the manuscript to at least a quarter of a century after the saint’s passing.1
In addition, many of the manuscript folios were removed from the book, possibly as pious souvenirs, leaving only 93 folios remaining. Fr. Bonniwell’s observations have raised the question as to whether the manuscript had ever been a breviary.
1. Bonniwell, O.P., William R. Letter tipped inside the front cover of the bound copy of the breviary.
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