USA | Southern Province begins organization of a Fraternity for Priests
PROVINCE OF ST. MARTIN DE PORRES
With the encouraging support of fr. Thomas Condon, OP, Provincial of the Province of St. Martin de Porres in the USA, efforts have been initiated to constitute a Dominican fraternity of diocesan priests under the direction of the Province.
Thus, in keeping with the petition made in the General Chapter of Trogir for the formation of fraternities of priests in provinces (cf. ACG 2013 Trogir, n. 120), a series of meetings was organized by fr. David Keong Seid, OP, a friar of the province who currently works as spiritual director at the St. Joseph Seminary College in St. Benedict, Louisiana. He is also one of the professors at the seminary college.
These inaugural meetings, held from 7 to 9 of May 2017 in the Dioceses of Nashville and Lafayette, provided a forum wherein the Priestly Fraternities of St. Dominic was introduced by the General Promoter, fr. Florentino Bolo Jr, OP, to invited priests: Fr. Nicholas M. Allen (Diocese of Nashville, TN), Fr. Dan Steiner (Diocese of Nashville, TN), Fr. Patrick Broussard (Diocese of Lafayette, LA), Fr. Alexander Albert (Diocese of Lafayette, LA), Fr. Rodel Faller (Diocese of Beaumont, TX), and Fr. Roger Estorque (Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, TX).
Most of the priests have already been in contact with Dominicans in the previous years. Fr. Patrick, who currently serves as Parochial Vicar at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Lafayette, Louisiana, is an alumnus of the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. Fr. Rodel joined the fraternities during his formation years at the University of Santo Tomas Central Seminary in Manila, Philippines. Fr. Roger spent many years of his life as a friar of the Dominican Province of the Philippines, before being incardinated in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. Fr. Nicholas and Fr. Dan are both involved in collaborative undertakings with the community of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia in Nashville.
Furthermore, the Provincial has welcomed the efforts of fr. David to guide a group of young men who are undergoing formation for the priesthood at the St. Joseph Seminary College in St. Benedict, Covington. Pictured are a few of the 30+ diocesan seminarians on 4 campuses who gather regularly in small groups with the encouragement of fr. David to cultivate the New Evangelization ideals of fraternity/community and the collaborative renewal of parish life in accord with the dictates of Holy Wisdom. Their motto as missionary disciples is veritatem facientes in caritate ("proclaiming the truth in love"). With varying degrees of interest, they entertain the possibility of eventual participation in the Dominican Family through the Priestly Fraternities once they receive the sacrament of Holy Orders. Fr. Alexander, who currently serves as Parochial Vicar at St. Peter's in New Iberia, Louisiana, is an alumnus of the same seminary. With these developments, the Province hopes to establish in the near future a local Dominican fraternity of diocesan priests under its direction.