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(Pictured Above): Br. Joseph Paul Albin and Br. Hugo Rafael Rojas perform a Dominican “venia” (prostration) as a sign of humility; an acceptance of an obedience, and their dependence upon God and the prayers of the Christian community during their ritual of Simple Profession on August 10, 2014.

This past Sunday, August 10th, Br. Joseph Paul Albin and Brother Hugo Rafael Rojas professed simple (temporary) vows for two years.  The brothers began their novitiate one year ago at St. Albert the Great Priory in Irving, Texas. Throughout the year, Br. Carl Joseph and Br. Hugo Rafael have discerned, along with their Novice Master Scott O'Brien, O.P., their call to be Dominican friars.

Through the novitiate year of discernment within the Order of Friars Preachers, the brothers have learned about Dominican history and prayer, as well as the practicalities of Dominican community life.  They ministered in a variety of settings including parishes, nursing homes, youth groups and campus ministry, and even collaborated with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal.

Simple Profession occurs, following the novitiate year, during the Initial formation of a friar’s time in the Order of Preachers.  This time of simple or temporary profession, is defined as a vital process which begins with a ceremony of religious profession and ends at one's unconditional commitment to God through solemn profession.  In the ritual, the Dominican friar kneels before the Provincial with his hands resting on the Constitutions of the Order and his hands in the hands of the Provincial to recite the vow formula.
During the period between Simple and Solemn Profession the Simply Professed friar takes on a more intimate role in a community that shares study, prayer and preaching.

Br. Joseph Paul and Br. Hugo Rafael, as professed brothers, will begin their studies toward the priesthood in St. Louis, Missouri, at Aquinas Institute of Theology.

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