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Dominican: 'We are all preachers'

Master of worldwide order, successor of St. Dominic, speaks at Barry University

Dominican Father Jorge Presmanes prays the Eucharistic Prayer surrounded by his superior, Father Bruno Cadoré, and other Dominican priests from South Florida.

Photographer: ANA RODRIGUEZ-SOTO | FC

Dominican Father Jorge Presmanes prays the Eucharistic Prayer surrounded by his superior, Father Bruno Cadoré, and other Dominican priests from South Florida.

Adrian Dominican Sister Linda Bevilacqua, president of Barry University, welcomes Father Bruno Cadoré, master of the Dominican Order and successor to St. Dominic, to the university campus at the start of the Mass.

Photographer: ANA RODRIGUEZ-SOTO | FC

Adrian Dominican Sister Linda Bevilacqua, president of Barry University, welcomes Father Bruno Cadoré, master of the Dominican Order and successor to St. Dominic, to the university campus at the start of the Mass.

MIAMI SHORES | He is soft-spoken and slight of stature, yet he is filling some very big shoes: Father Bruno Cadoré is the successor of St. Dominic, the master of the Dominican community worldwide.

Last weekend, he visited South Florida on the last stop of an eight-city tour of Dominican communities in the Southern U.S. Province, which encompasses 11 states, from Texas to Florida. 

“As the master, he has to visit the Dominican friars,” said Father Ed Ruane, worldwide vicar for the order and a Montana native who has worked the past six years in Rome.

On July 15, Father Cadoré preached at the Sunday Mass celebrated at Cor Jesu Chapel on the Barry University campus. Barry was founded, and continues to be sponsored, by the Dominican Sisters of Adrian, Mich.

Sister Linda Bevilacqua, president of Barry University, called it “a blessed day” for the university community. This is the third Dominican master who has visited the campus. The order was founded in the early 13th century by St. Dominic de Guzman.

Although Father Cadoré is primarily responsible for the men of the order — priests and brothers, known as friars — he noted that “we speak of the Dominican family,” which encompasses a good number of religious orders of women, both active and contemplative, as well as lay Dominicans and associates. 

In his homily, Father Cadoré focused on the Sunday readings: the story of the shepherd Amos being called by God to prophesy to the Israelites, and Jesus sending out his disciples to evangelize two-by-two. 

Father Bruno Cadoré, successor to St. Dominic as head of the worldwide Dominican Order, preaches the homily during the Mass.

Photographer: ANA RODRIGUEZ-SOTO | FC

Father Bruno Cadoré, successor to St. Dominic as head of the worldwide Dominican Order, preaches the homily during the Mass.

He said the hallmark of a prophet is that he comes from among the people and therefore knows their situation. “He wants to speak in this situation about the day that will come because the day of the Lord is, in this situation, the hope of the people.”

“We know the future of humanity is only one table for everybody,” Father Cadoré said, adding that “the truth of a prophecy is that it sounds true in our hearts.”

Dominicans are identified by the initials OP, which stand for Order of Preachers. But Father Cadoré said that “all of us, we are called and sent to the world… to preach the hope of brotherhood, the hope of community.”

“All Christians are sent as prophets,” Father Cadoré said. Every Christian, by virtue of baptism, is “sent to beg hospitality and to preach” like Jesus’ disciples, “sent to do in this world what Jesus himself did.”

“To receive this brotherhood from the Son of the Lord we need to preach peace and justice,” Father Cadoré said, “to preach against all that divides the world, all the divisions inside the person. The world needs to know and know again that the world is built by love and not by division or exclusion.”

Father Cadoré, a native of Le Creusot, France, was elected master of the order and 87th successor to St. Dominic in September 2010. He was a medical doctor before entering the Dominican novitiate in 1979 and making his first profession in the order in 1980. He spent some time in Haiti before being ordained a priest in 1986 and earned a doctorate in moral theology in 1992.

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Prior to his election as master, a position which carries a nine-year term, he was the Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of France. He also served as director of the Medical Ethics Center of the Université Catholique de Lille.

Seven Dominican friars work at St. Dominic Parish in Miami and also collaborate with the Adrian Dominicans at Barry University. There are also Dominican congregations of women from Ecuador and Colombia working in the archdiocese.

Father Cadoré’s trip also took him to Dominican priories in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Memphis, New Orleans, Raleigh, N.C., and San Antonio. Famous Dominicans throughout the centuries include: St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Catherine de Ricci, St. Rose of Lima and St. Martin de Porres.
Father Bruno Cadoré poses with members of his Dominican family - priests and religious and their lay associates in South Florida - at the end of the Mass at Barry University.

Photographer: ANA RODRIGUEZ-SOTO | FC

Father Bruno Cadoré poses with members of his Dominican family - priests and religious and their lay associates in South Florida - at the end of the Mass at Barry University.


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