Back on July 1, 2018, the Dominican Friars of St. Joseph began to take over the ministry at St. Patrick Parish, another province located in Philadelphia. This has been under Archbishop Charles Chaput’s invitation, promoting the Dominican Friars to establish a new Dominican community under Philadelphia’s Archdiocese.
The ministry, which is currently served by four friars namely Fr. George Schommer, Fr. Timothy Danaher, Fr. Giles Dimock, and Fr. Edmund McCullough, brought with them their Dominican charism, love of the Lord, and their love of the liturgy.
More than half a year later, the new ministry is able to cater to the religious and spiritual needs of the people around the community. Apart from the confessions, Mass, and Thursday night holy hour, friars are always available to lend a helping hand to the community through a number of initiatives.
For example, Fr. McCullough extends his hand teaching theology to the junior high school girls at St. Hubert’s Catholic high school. Fr. Danaher also leads a monthly Rosary Walk while serving two hospitals near the area as a volunteer chaplain.
This new ministry, as Fr. Schommer stated, allowed the Order to spread their presence throughout the whole of the United States. It also enabled them to be more strategic with regards to the contribution they made and can make to the local church.
Fr. Danaher, who was recently ordained in May 2018, stated that they aim to be the voice of orthodoxy, as what Archbishop Chaput is, and pointed out that collaboration alongside good rapport will be essential to achieve that.
Who are the Dominican Friars?
In case you’re not familiar with the Dominican Friars, formally known as the Order of Preachers, then you’re surely familiar with their saints. Some of the most well-known include St. Dominic (their founding father), St. Martin de Porres, St. Rose of Lima, St. Catherine of Siena, and St. Vincent Ferrer to name a few.