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For study:                   Candidacy II: Lay Dominican Rule and Guidelines:   Organization and Government of       Communities                    Members:  Prepare for discussion chapters 17 and 18 in The Dominican Way Thank you. Pat Shea OPSee More
Aug 6
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Lay Dominicans Province of Saint Albert the Great, USAMeeting Report-July 12, 2015Blessed Sacrament Monastery, Farmington Hills, MIAttendance: 13Excused:  2Opened the meeting in prayerTreasurer report:  checking balance 3312.19. CD Balance 6626.03Dr. David McDonald wants to create a committee for planning our retreat next year. He would like to create the committee with 2-3 members.  We would like to have a one- day retreat next year 2016. We will be having a memorial service for our dear…See More
Jul 29
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"Hello Terry, Well this is the third message I've sent you. . . not quite savvy yet as to how it works.  Think I deleted the last one, don't know what happened to the first. Praise Jesus, I completed my onerous project this afternoon…"
Jul 10
Terry McSweeney left a comment for Paula Marie Bernadette Mahinske
"Paula- Our training begins with a 6 month Initiate period during which the materials are provided for free.  Our complete training program is on our Provincial website (  It all can be downloaded from the internet."
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"Now I see that you live in Northville.  We are meeting this Sunday 7/12 at the Monastery (11 and Middlebelt 1-4 pm) Come on by!"
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"Welcome Marie!  Where do you live?"
Jul 9
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LAY DOMINICAN PROVINCE OF SAINT ALBERT THE GREAT, USAMEETING REPORT-JUNE 14, 2015Blessed Sacrament Monastery- Farmington Hills, MI  Active Members:  22Attendance:  11 Visitors:  2Excused Members:  11Dr. David McDonaldChristine Hoeft-LoyerDr. Vivian Gorbea-OppligerScott OppligerAnne BouchAdeline AugusteAngie GriggsKate KeeverBrenda HaysElizabeth PetzerFerial Shaouni Terry McSweeney, our Vice Moderator, opened the meeting and welcomed all in attendance to this month’s meeting and explained that…See More
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Our dear friend, mentor and model Lay Dominican, Ms. Karen Sabourin OP, has died, around 7 pm June 9th.  Please remember her and her family in your prayers.  She was instrumental in building our Province and founding Chapters with many new members.  She was the best!  We all remember her fondly. We were so fortunate to have Karen, our founder, in our Chapter!Also, remember Mrs Adeline Auguste OP and her family in your prayers on the death of her beloved mother."Jesus told [Martha], 'I am the…See More
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This is a very interesting question which requires much thought, even after we have the answer!  Pope Benedict XVI has supplied us with the answer.  He writes, "The meaning of Christ's Ascension expresses our belief that in Christ the humanity that we all share has entered into the inner life of God in a new and hitherto unheard-of-way.  It means that man has found an everlasting place in God...We go to heaven to the extent that we go to…

Posted on June 5, 2011 at 3:06pm

WHAT was Jesus thinking about on the Cross?

Actually we do know what Jesus was thinking about on the cross.  He had 'Seven Words' on the cross.  These words or sentences came right out of His gut as He was dying on the cross.  They are worth meditating on and asking ourselves what would we say on our death bed?  Notice how often He was concerned about others.  Which saying particularly strikes you?


1.  Father, forgive them. They know not what they are doing.

2.  Today you will be with me in…


Posted on April 21, 2011 at 10:25pm


We have now passed the half-way mark for Lent.  How are you doing?  Great?  That's terrific!  Just so-so?  Join the crowd.  It is human nature to need a pick-me-up during Lent.  A 'Tira mi su'.  It is good to reevaluate our situation.  And, most importantly, it is never too late to have a great Lent, leading to a truly wonderful Easter.


The Office of Readings for the third week, Tuesday, featured a sermon by St. Peter Chrysologus in which he said:  "There are three…


Posted on April 3, 2011 at 8:25pm


The Dominicans are fond of the saying, "If you've met one Dominican, you've met one Dominican."  The thing is we are all different.  We come from different backgrounds, educational levels, religious viewpoints.  We are different sexes, ages, races, etc.  Some are conservative;  some are liberal. This is why we accept all who wish to follow the 'Dominican Way of Life'.

We are united in our differences because we all follow Dominic who followed Christ.  It's a…


Posted on March 24, 2011 at 5:37pm


Please remember the following:   Pablo, Vyvian Gorbea's brother-in-law, 44 years old, who has suffered a stroke.  Our Vice-Moderater, Cheryl Beckman, is scheduled for an operation on March 21.  Lucy Chesney is having eye troubles.  Jim Knivel is still ailing.

Vyvian took quite a bit of food donations from our last meeting to Active Faith.  Check them out:  Thanks, Vyvian!

Posted on March 19, 2011 at 8:16pm

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At 1:43pm on June 17, 2008, Terry McSweeney said…
What a great group! We are Lay Dominicans intent on following the Gospel Jesus with the help of 800 years of Dominican Life. We meet together on the SECOND Sunday of each month at Blessed Sacrament Monastery located at 13 Mile and Middlebelt at 1:30 P.M. We believe in: Prayer; Study; Community; and Mission. We preach by word and life. Join us and enrich YOUR LIFE.
At 6:20pm on February 25, 2009, Vyvian said…
Thank you Terry. I would like to come to one of the meetings to learn more about Lay Dominicans. I was taught by Dominican Sisters and my daughter is now being taught by Dominicans also. How do you dicern a vocation as a Lay Dominican?
At 9:58am on May 9, 2009, Steven George said…
I am interested in attending a meeting. Is there a meeting later in May, as I'm interested in learning more about the Dominican Laity?


Steve George
At 8:39pm on April 24, 2010, Jeff Cline said…
Thank you very much for the welcome Terry! I very much look forward to attending the next meeting! I have been doing a lot of reading and studying about the Dominican Order and I really think it would be a great thing for me to participate in! I'll see you in May!
At 10:06pm on April 30, 2010, Fr. Ed Fride said…
What time is the meeting on Sunday, one location says the meetings are at 1:30 another says at 1?
At 4:27pm on June 28, 2010, Vyvian said…
It was a pleasure meeting you at the Open House today! I am planning to attend the next meeting in July. After reading the handouts I have a few questions: 1) When do I fill an application if I am interested in being considered as a lay Dominican? 2) I am familiar with the liturgy of the hours but do not know how to use the prayer book is that something that is learned as we attend the meetings?
At 5:33pm on June 29, 2010, Vyvian said…
Thank you very much. I may bring my mother to the next meeting if that is OK.
At 2:37pm on August 4, 2010, Judith Anne Reznich said…
I'm really looking forward to the meeting this Sun. Someone mentioned a meeting for newcomers (formation?). Is it just prior to the regular meeting at 1? Thanks.
At 12:16am on September 10, 2010, ROMEO said…
St. Dominic drew his strength and inspiration to live by his charism through his holiness and prayers. I may not come close to his holiness; I can only emulate him. His nine ways of prayer are classics; universal and timeless.
At 7:10pm on November 13, 2010, Phillip McCown said…

Janice and I just want to make sure we are to bring items for lunch tomorrow, we already have everything, but wanted to make sure. Please advise. Also, when we bring the food, some of it needs to be cooled, where do you need it brought?

God Bless,

Phil and Janice

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