Dominican Speaker Series 2017

May They All Be One

The year 2017 is the five hundredth anniversary of the Reformation and is an occasion to refocus our prayers and actions on reunification among Christians into the Universal Church. In John Chapter 17, Jesus prayed to the Father that his disciples “may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you … that the world may believe that you sent me.”

To rekindle this spirit in us, St. Dominic’s will host various inspirational Dominican speakers throughout 2017 who will share their personal journey into the Catholic Church through study, prayer, the Mass and personal encounters with Catholics and the Holy Spirit.

Series Schedule:

Wednesday, January 11th

Fr Christopher Brennan

Thursday, February 16th

Fr Peter Hanna

Tuesday, May 23rd

Br. Brad Elliott

All talks will be held at 7PM in the Parish Hall. Additional speakers are being added to the schedule.

 

Each speaker will explore their struggles, joys, hindrances, and blessings on their faith journey and share with us what we can do to help others find joy in the fullness of the Church.

These talks are appropriate for non-practicing and practicing Christians, on-the-fencers agnostic or just plain curious who are interested to hear how these brothers found their way into the Church and in a relationship with God.

These talks count towards SDS Stewardship Catechism hours.

 
About the Speakers:
 

Fr Christopher Brennan, O.P.

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Fr. Christopher Brennan, O.P. was ordained in the Western Dominican Province on May 28th, 2016. He was raised in Clovis CA and studied at Cal Poly where he earned a BA in Computer Science and later a MA Theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville. Fr Chris was raised in a devout protestant background and after study and prayer came home to the Catholic Faith. He is now ministering in Anchorage Alaska but will soon pursue biblical studies full time and will eventually teach at a University level in the future.
 
 
 
Br. Brad Elliott, O.P.br-brad-elliott-1
Br. Brad Elliott, O.P. was raised in a devout protestant family and eventually developed a devotion to being a serious student of the bible. As an adamant believer, he actively sought to evangelize not only non-Christians but also lapsed or ill-informed Catholics as well. He began to study the Catholic Catechism to help him with this undertaking; however, there he found himself confronted a formidable presentation of Christian faith based on logical thinking, unbroken historical beliefs and infused with beauty and love. He then began to consider entering the Church and, despite setbacks and challenges coming from within and outside the Church, Br Brad eventually was received into his Catholic home.

Br Brad also became a performing musician with a reputation as a highly sought after drummer on the international scene. Working in Los Angeles, CA, he frequently appeared in venues throughout Southern California performing and recording various styles of modern music from Rock to jazz and big band. During his time in Los Angeles, he performed and toured extensively with artists such as Annie Stela (Capitol Records recording artist), Brie Larson (Universal/Casablanca recording artist), and Estefano (Universal-Latin recording artist). After ten years as a professional drum set player and feeling a call to commit himself entirely to Jesus Christ, Br. Brad chose to leave the music industry and become a religious friar within the Dominican Order. He is now studying theology and philosophy in preparation for priestly ordination which, being God’s will, he is expected to receive in 2018.  

 

Fr. Peter Hannah, O.P.fr-peter-hanna-head-photo-jpg

Fr. Peter Hannah, O.P. was ordained to the priesthood in the Western Dominican Province in 2014. He grew up Presbyterian in Monterey, California, and became Catholic in 2004 after a long period of prayer, study, and searching. He was intellectually attracted to the Catholic faith by such thinkers as St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Augustine, Bl. John Henry Cardinal Newman, and St. John Paul II. Catholic teaching on the Eucharist, however, spiritually drew him into the Church, especially after discovering a chapel of Perpetual Adoration as he was in the midst of his searching. Other than preaching and teaching the Catholic faith, Fr. Peter enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, backpacking, and the game of golf, a passion he has kept since his days of playing on the college golf team at University California, San Diego. He can even prove God’s existence for you if you give him a sand wedge and a golf ball, a frequent feat he performs at youth conferences.
 
 
 
   

Mary’s Message at Fatimamulladyop

Fr. Brian Mullady, O.P.

Monday, February 13th, 2017

7PM in the Parish Hall at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church

 

This year is the 100th anniversary of the Marian apparitions in Fatima, Portugal. At that time the world was in much turmoil politically and the midst of World War I. Also, modernity had ushered in the philosophical notions of a rejection of objective truth and personal responsibility. Our Blessed Mother appeared to three little children Lúcia Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto. The Virgin Mary’s message to them was to instill in them the importance of prayer and sacrifice for the salvation of souls. Fr. Brian Mullady will present on how Mary’s message to the world through the three children 100 years ago is just as pertinent and important to us today. Join us on Monday, February 13th at 7:00 PM in the In the Parish Hall at St. Dominic’s.

 

About Fr. Brian Mullady, O.P.

 

Fr. Brian Thomas Becket Mullady is the son of an Air Force officer and was raised throughout the United States. He entered the Dominican Order in 1966 and was ordained in Oakland, California in 1972. He has been a parish priest, high school teacher, retreat master, mission preacher and university professor. He received his Doctorate in Sacred Theology (STD) from the Angelicum University in Rome, Italy and was professor there for six years. He has taught at several colleges and seminaries in the United States. He is currently a mission preacher and retreat master for the Western Dominican Province. He also teaches two months of the year at Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, CT. He has had twelve series on Mother Angelica’s EWTN television network. He is the author of four books and numerous articles and writes the Answer column in Homiletic and Pastoral Review. He is also designed as an official Missionary of Mercy by Pope Francis for the Year of Mercy.