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Dear Professed Brothers, Novices, Postulants, Pre-novices, Applicants and Oblates:

This is going to be the first publication of Good News Among Us, a periodical newsletter that will
inform you of what is happening in our religious community, the Dominican Missionaries for the
Apostolates of the Deaf and Disabled. The purpose of this Newsletter is to forge and strengthen closer
relationships among many members of the Dominican Missionaries family, especially for those who live in
different part of USA and overseas. Since our inception of our religious community in 2004 in Oakland
Diocese, our community has grown to over 20 members, pre-novices and oblates and therefore a form of
communication from the Generalate to every member and candidate will help to foster and strengthen our
fraternal relationship through our religious vows and community living. Any opinion and publications from
you are most welcome and encouraged.
With this first publication, we will focus on current professed members. In the next publication we
will focus on our novices and thereafter our pre-novice candidates and oblates. This should be an interesting
reading for you all. We continue to remain in union with you both here at the home front as well as in
different parts of our world. Through Christ, we remain united in our thoughts, prayers, charism and
religious vows.
May God and His servants, St. Dominic and Blessed Margaret di Castello continue to bless you and
enrich your religious vocation in the Dominican Missionaries community.

Father Thomas Coughlin, OP Miss., Prior General

Dominican Missionaries Generalate

1011 Alton Avenue, Madison, IL 62060 USA
Tomcoughlin@Juno.com 210-853-5002
Latest news about our Brothers...

Brother Adam Zawadzki of Indianapolis, Indiana and

Brother Fernando Solomon of Philippines were
ordained to the transitional diaconate by his grace,
Bishop Thomas John Paprocki on February 6th, 2016
at Ss. Peter and Paul Church in Alton, Illinois.
Currently Deacon Adam and Fernando are assigned to
Our Saviors Church in Jacksonville, Illinois. Pictured
from left to right: Deacon Adam, Bishop Paprocki,
Deacon Fernando, Father Tom and Father Art of NY.
A spring ordination to the priesthood is being planned,
possibly on May 27thm, 2017. Mark this date!

Brother Alexis Marie Secondaire, OP Miss,

originally from Rwanda is finishing his fourth
and final year of Philosophy and Religious
Studies at Our Lady of the Lake University in
San Antonio, Texas. He will be assigned to the
Dominican Missionaries House of Studies for
Theology students in Madison, IL in the fall of
2017 to begin his Theology studies at Aquinas
Institute of Theology in St. Louis, Missouri.

Brother Eric Kumana, OP Miss. originally from

Burundi is currently taking care of his family
members and family estate following a stabbing
death of his youngest brother in Burundi. He
will return to USA to finish his fourth and final
year of Philosophy studies at the University of
Texas in San Antonio, Texas. He is assisting as
a French-English language translator at US
Embassy in Bujumbura, Burundi. He speaks
three languages fluently: French, English and
American Sign Language.
Latest news about our Brothers...

Brother Ronaldo John Maria Abulag, OP Miss. of

Philippines is currently in his final and fourth year of
Theology studies at Recoletos School of Theology in
Quezon City, Philippines. He will graduate with a
Master of Arts degree in Theology in May 2017 and will
return to USA early June. He plans to make his
profession of final vows this June, 2017 and will be
assigned to one of our missions in USA.

Brother Philip Opiyo, OP Miss., originally

from Kenya, is currently finishing his grueling
and tough studies at University of Texas
School of Nurse Practitioner in San Antonio.
He obtained his Registered Nursing license
and BSN from University of Texas School of
Nursing. He is in his sixth year of simple
vows and hopes to serve God and people as a
religious brother in the field of nursing.

Brother Sebastian Kuzihipalil of India

who completed his four year of Theology
studies in Bangalore, India and one year
of CPE training in St. Louis Medical
Center departed from the community at
the expiration of his temporary vows in
February of 2016. He is deeply missed
by the community and the Prior General.
Please remember him in your prayers as
he continues to explore Gods will for his
Latest news about our Brothers...

Brother Mathew P. Thomas, OP Miss. of India who

graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Theology
from Christ College in Bangalore, India is currently
assigned to a parish ministry at St. Helens Parish in
Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He also volunteers at the
Schott Memorial Center for the Deaf and Disabled
People of the Miami Archdiocese. He hopes to make
his final vows in 2017 before being ordained as a

Edwin Waiguru of Kenya, a former novice

of the Dominican Missionaries now
volunteers his ministry to the deaf children
of Montfort Institute of the Deaf in Port Au
Prince, Haiti. He teaches English and
Philosophy to group of deaf children. He
reports that he enjoys his mission work very
much and is discerning his vocation as a
priest in the future wherever God will lead
him. Please remember him in your prayers.
Brother Edwin at extreme left of the picture.

Picture of the Dominican

Missionaries at the joyful ordination
of Deacons Adam Zawadzki and
Fernando Solomon with Bishop
Paprocki of Springfield Diocese on
February 6th, 2016 at Ss. Peter and
Paul Church in Alton, Illinois near
St. Louis, Missouri. L-R: Brothers
Mathew, Paulinus, Alexis Marie,
Adam, Bishop Paprocki, Fernando,
Fr. Tom, Edwin and Johnny Leo.
Latest news.

Brother Adam Zawadki

with Bishop Paprocki
Latest news.

The novitiate building in Madison, IL will become the House

of Studies for Theology student attending Aquinas Institute
of Theology in nearby St. Louis, Missouri.. The novitiate will
be relocated to the Archdiocese of Hartford, Connecticut,
pending final approval by his grace, Archbishop Blair. Fr.
Coughlin is being offered a new pastoral job in the Arch-
diocese of Hartford in the winter months of 2017. Novices
will relocate to Hartford Archdiocese with Father Tom.

Dominican Missionaries admitted six new

novices for the year of 2016: Johnny Leo
Oduor of Kenya, Paulinus Nwaka of Nigeria,
Edwin Waiguru of Kenya (now lay missionary
in Haiti), John Kennedy of Kenya, Sam Mwawi
and Pius Oyoo, both of Kenya. Two or three
new novices will be admitted early 2017 pend-
ing on religious visa approval by United States
government. Please remember the novices in
your prayers as they strive to do Gods will.
Feature story about novices in next Newsletter.

Please pray especially for Brother Jerome of India who has been
accepted into the novitiate, but unfortunately, due to bureaucracy
of India Passport department, he has not received his passport yet.
As soon as his passport is released to him, he will begin his noviti-
ate with us.
We have several pre-novice candidates studying Theology overseas:
Benedict Chapweteka of Malawi, Shibu Chinnippan of India,
Wilberforce Osike of Nairobi, Allan Induswe of Nairobi, Lambert
Ntukanyagwe of Kigali, Rwanda, Stafford Earl of India, Jeffrey
Loma of Philippines, Jerwin Penido of Philippines. Mark Lester
Castaneda, a former Dominican Missionary novice of Philippines
has reapplied to the community and has been accepted. His
application for R-1 visa is being submitted to USCIS. We have
over 10 interested vocational candidates, 2 in USA and 8 overseas.