Panel ponders path to civility following presidential election

WASHINGTON — If Catholics have a role in helping heal divisions after a turbulent presidential election year, they need to start looking inward, according to some panelists at a Nov. 1 forum at The Catholic University of America on "Citizenship and Civility: The Role of Catholics in Rebuilding the American Political Culture."

And in Stephen Schneck's view, perhaps civility ought not be on the agenda, in order to bring about lasting change.

Chance meeting led to ordination as Dominican priest for Father Patrick Hyde

Two men were ordained to the priesthood and five to the diaconate for the Dominicans. The new priests and deacons lay prostrate May 14 at the ordination Mass celebrated by Bishop Edward M. Rice at St. Pius V Church.

At 10:39 a.m. May 14, then-Brother Patrick Hyde was in the same position as countless others before him: lying prone, face down, in front of an altar: the Litany of Supplication.

In those moments, vulnerable and humble, a man commits himself fully to God, as if saying, "Here I am Lord, all yours."

Six young men struck that pose alongside Hyde, 30, at St. Pius V Church on Grand Avenue.

Bishop Rice to ordain four Dominicans

Friar Nicolas Marie James Casas Monco of the Order of Preachers Province of St. Albert the Great (Central Province) will be ordained to the priesthood at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at St. Margaret of Scotland Church, 3854 Flad Ave. in south St. Louis. He will be ordained by Auxiliary Bishop Edward M. Rice.

Two Dominican friars of the same province, Friar Luke Christopher Barder and Friar Jude Gerald McPeak, will be ordained to the diaconate, together with Friar Peter Damian Harris, a Dominican brother of the Province of St. Martin de Porres (Southern Province).

Father Caron named president of Aquinas Institute of Theology

Aquinas Institute of Theology has announced the appointment of Dominican Father David G. Caron as president. Father Caron had been serving as acting president since August.

The appointment was made by the Provincial Council of the Province of St. Albert the Great (the Central Province). The council accepted the recommendation of the Aquinas Institute Board of Trustees.

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