The Third Order of St. Dominic has 15 new lay members and a
new Virginia chapter after a special ceremony sponsored by
the Immaculate Conception Chapter at the Dominican House of
Studies in Washington, D.C. A new Third Order Dominican
satellite chapter at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Great
Falls was begun by Father Jerome Fasano earlier this year.
The group was approved by the Dominican Province to operate
as a adjunct chapter to the Immaculate Conception Chapter in
Washington. Fran Griffin, T.O.P., who is prioress of the
Immaculate Conception Chapter and also a parishioner at St.
Catherine's, conducted the ceremony of acceptance and
profession along with Father Pierre Conway, O.P. spiritual
director. Fifteen novices were inducted into the St.
Catherine's Satellite Chapter, which includes lay men and
women from three parishes in addition to St. Catherine's: St.
Andrew's in Clifton, St. Mark's in Vienna, and St. John the
Evangelist in Warrenton. Three persons made simple profession
(promising to live by the Rule of St. Dominic for three
years) and two made perpetual profession in the Immaculate
Conception Chapter. Those making profession were from St.
John's in McLean, the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in
Arlington, St. Louis in Clarksville, MD, and St. Peter's,
Waldorf, Md. Those from St. Catherine of Siena parish were:
Nancy Catherine Mary Burgess, Andrew Augustine Cardinal,
Nancy Caro, Bruce Thomas Aquinas Hacker, Julian Dominic
Heron, Sylvia Margaret of Castello Ivany, Donna Jean Therese
of Lisieux Kerrigan, Gina Monica Mann, Michelle Mary Magdelan
Martin, Brenda Catherine Valencia, Sharon Marie Bridget
Vasky-Smith, and Constance Augustine Woods. The other novices
received were: Jean Catherine of Siena Rhodes from St. Andrew
Parish, Centreville; Mary Fisk from St. Mark Parish; and Paul
Louis Marie de Montfort Luetkemeyer from St. John the
Evangelist Parish, Warrenton. Those making simple
(three-year) profession in the Immaculate Conception Chapter
were Thomas Aquinas Francis and Lora Lee Marie Francis (both
of whom renewed their three-year profession) of St. John
Parish in McLean; and Mary Celeste Imelda Maher of St.
Peter's in Waldorf. Making Perpetual Profession were Elba
Socorro Maria Monserrate Hinish of St. Louis in Clarksville,
Md. and Robert Stoddart of Cathedral of St. Thomas More
Parish. The day began with a Mass con-celebrated by Father
Conway, Father Bogumil Kosciesza and Father Vincent Rigdon,
director of the Washington Archdiocesan Office of the
Missions. After lunch attended by over 100 people, the
ceremony of acceptance and profession began. Father Jerome
Fasano, pastor of St. Andrew Parish and a Dominican tertiary,
attended the ceremony, during which the candidates prostrated
themselves on the chapel floor in the form of a cross. The
candidates were asked: "What do you seek?" The novices
answered: "God's mercy and yours and so to be received into
the Dominican Order." After a series of prayers, each novice
candidate came forward and received a Bible, Rosary, and
Dominican shield pin. Those being professed received
scapulars and made promises to live by the Rule of St.
Dominic. At the end of the ceremony, Father Fasano addressed
the crowd, recalling the years that he spent as a Dominican
brother at the Dominican House. "I used to meditate upon this
picture behind the altar," he said. "I saw that great
procession of Dominican saints, popes, bishops, virgins and
martyrs and pastors of the church. I realized that by
entering into the Order, I was at the end of that procession.
I have been in that procession for 25 years and now so many
more of you here have gotten on line. It's a wonderful thing
to be on that line - to think of all those ahead of you who
have found eternal life by following the Rule of the Order."
The novices, who meet at St. Catherine of Siena Church's
Padre Pio Hall on the First Saturday of each month, will
devote the next year to studying Dominican spirituality
(including St. Thomas Aquinas) and the history of the
founding of the Order by St. Dominic. The novices will also
learn about the Rule of the Third Order. The Rule is a way of
living which includes practices to foster spiritual growth
through prayer, study of the Bible, Church Doctrine, and the
writings of the saints. Dominicans like most Third Orders,
endeavor to say the Liturgy of the Hours or the Rosary or
attend Mass daily. The novices will work at trying to
incorporate as much of this as possible in to everyday life.
After this year of discernment, prayer and study, the novices
will have the opportunity to request to make a simple
profession for three years. For more information on the
new Third Order chapter at St. Catherine of Siena Parish,
call 703-479-3530. Copyright ?1997 Arlington Catholic
Herald, Inc. All rights reserved.