Regents of Studies of the US & Canada Meet in Oakland

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frs. Michel Gourgues (Regent of Studies, St. Dominic, Canada), John Langlois (Regent, St. Joseph, Eastern USA), Bryan Kromholtz (Regent, Most Holy Name of Jesus, Western USA, and Coordinator), Michael Mascari, the Master of the Order’s Socius for the Intellectual Life, and Mark Wedig (Regent, St. Martin de Porres, Southern USA).
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A meeting of the Regents of Studies of Canada & the USA took place June 19-21, 2017, at St. Albert’s Priory in Oakland, CA. The regional meeting, mandated by the Dominican friars’ 2016 General Chapter (no. 171), was attended by (in photo, left to right) frs. Michel Gourgues (Regent of Studies, St. Dominic, Canada), John Langlois (Regent, St. Joseph, Eastern USA), Bryan Kromholtz (Regent, Most Holy Name of Jesus, Western USA, and Coordinator), Michael Mascari, the Master of the Order’s Socius for the Intellectual Life, and Mark Wedig (Regent, St. Martin de Porres, Southern USA). Unable to attend were frs. Jay Harrington (Regent, St. Albert the Great, Central USA) and Thich Ngo, Promoter of Study of the Vietnamese Vicariate in Canada. 

The Regents gave one another an overview of the state of our provincial Centers of Study and of studies in our Provinces, and shared “best” practices.

Fr. Michael Mascari was able to provide insight into two new editions of Dominican legislation: the Ratio Studiorum Generalis (RSG) and the Ratio Formationis Generalis (RFG), the guidelines that govern studies and formation, respectively, for the Order. Both have been promulgated within the past year. Fr. Michael also pointed out certain acts of the General Chapter of Bologna, 2016, that concern study and the intellectual life. The discussion will help the Regents as their provinces proceed to update their respective particular plans for studies and formation, i.e., the Ratio Studiorum Particularis (RSP) and the Ratio Formationis Particularis (RFP).

At their annual meeting in April of this year, the Provincials of the US and Canada decided to invite the Regents of Study and the Presidents of the Centers of Institutional Studies (Dominican University College, Ottawa; Dominican House of Studies, DC; Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology, Berkeley; Aquinas Institute, St. Louis) to their next annual meeting (April 2-5, 2018). This will allow for a greater ability to undertake new initiatives of collaboration for studies among the Provinces and institutions involved. Given the need to prepare for this upcoming meeting, the Regents spent some time considering possible future collaborative ventures regarding study among the US and Canadian provinces, while reviewing ways in which collaboration is already occurring, including the Dominican Mini-Courses (fr. John Vidmar will lecture on Dominican history in St. Louis in late August 2017, while fr. Thomas McDermott will lecture on St. Catherine of Siena in Oakland/Berkeley in mid-January 2018). The Regents set January 17, 2018, as the date for their next discussion, to be carried out as a “virtual” meeting (i.e., via audio-conference or audio/video-conference). Before then, the Regents will be in communication with the Presidents involved, to consider possible opportunities or needs for cooperation.

Fr. Bryan Kromholtz, OP

 

(24 June 2017)