Earlier this week we enjoyed a visit from three friars from the Southern Dominican Province (St. Martin de Porres): Brother Herman Johnson, O.P., Fr. Jeffery Ott, O.P. and Fr. Peter Damian Marie Harris, O.P. Br. Herman was a guest speaker at the General Assembly last fall and spoke about the cooperator brothers (these friars are perpetual 'brothers', they never receive holy orders but have a specific vocation and place in the Order). Our Sr. Mary Catharine, who attended the assembly, invited Brother Herman to stop by since we are just a short train ride from New York City. Happily he took her up on the invitation...and brought two friars with him!
Br. Herman served as president of the Religious Brothers Conference for 4 years and is currently a professor at Xavier University. Fr. Jeffery Ott is pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes in Atlanta, Georgia. He's also Promoter of Social Justice and Peace for the Southern Dominican Province. Fr. Peter Damian Harris is parochial vicar at St. Dominic's Parish in New Orleans, Louisiana.
We had a joyful time visiting with the brothers and hope it won't be the last time.