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        Ian Bordenave, OP-- is an assistant rector of the University of Dallas’s Church of the Incarnation. His duties include hearing confessions, celebrating Mass, and leading the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). Before coming to St. Albert the Great Priory, Fr. Ian served as the pastor of Holy Rosary Parish in Houston from 2009 to 2015, the pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in New Orleans from 2002 to 2009, and a parochial vicar at St. Dominic Parish in New Orleans from 2000 to 2002. He has been a professed member of the Order of Preachers since 1994 and a priest since 2000. Prior to joining the Order, he served in the U.S. Army as a Patriot Missile Officer for four years. He is currently working on a Doctor of Ministry in Preaching through Aquinas Institute of Theology in Saint Louis. Fr. Ian is from Valparaiso, Florida. His favorite pastimes are reading and running.

        Fr. Art Kirwin is a native of Albany, NY and entered the Dominican Order after being a teacher for 10 years in various U.S. public schools and a two year teaching post in Zambia, southern Africa, for the African-American Institute. He has been involved in prison and jail ministry, and served as Vocation Promoter for the Province of St. Martin de Porres for six years. He has also been a preacher for UNBOUND (, a Catholic sponsorship foundation, for 15 years preaching in parishes all over the U.S. asking people to sponsor a child or elderly person in one of twenty countries where UNBOUND serves. He came to Irving in 2012 from our priory in Houston and has been here since with one year out serving the Dominican Nuns at their monastery in Lufkin, Texas. With several lay volunteers, he serves prisoners at a Texas state prison and a Federal prison. He currently is the Community Lector and takes his turn at various tasks in the priory.

Carmen Mele, a native of Chicago, was ordained a priest of the Order of Preachers in 1980. Since then, he has served in San Angelo, Fort Worth, Costa Rica, and El Paso for extended periods of time.  His ministries have mainly included work in diocesan, parish, and priestly formation settings.  Since 2009 he has directed the John Paul II Institute of lay ministry formation for the Diocese of Fort Worth.  Fr. Carmen maintains two blogs: with daily mass reflections in English and with Sunday mass reflection in Spanish.

Andrew (Kenneth) Kolzow, OP -- grew up in Illinois.  He graduated from De Paul University and then entered the Dominican novitiate of the Chicago province. He did graduate work at the University of Minnesota.  He has been a high school  administrator and teacher, pastor and campus minister.  He has had an active preaching ministry in the Hispanic community, directed a permanent deaconate program and been director of vocations for our Southern Dominican province.  Fr Andy is past prior of St. Albert Priory, served on the staff of our neighboring Holy Trinity Seminary and is now our priory’s treasurer.  He continues to do preaching and teaching ministry for local religious communities and parishes.

Bert Ebben, OP -- Founding provincial of the Southern Dominican Province, Bert has ministered  in several African countries, including Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania and Kenya for 45 years of his 60 years as a Dominican Friar.  For six months of each year he continues to work with three community development projects in Kenya.  When back home Bert serves as the priory’s ground-keeper and, upon request, assists in various ministries in the diocese.

Donald Dvorak, OP -- was born in Chicago and attended Loras College in Dubuque, IA. He joined the Chicago Dominican Province and after ordination received an M. Ed. In counseling from Loyola University in Chicago. He has been a high school religion teacher and counselor. When the Southern Dominican province was formed he was the assistant to the new provincial and then pastor at our parishes in New Orleans and Memphis. Father Don was prior of St. Albert Priory and now serves as rector/chaplain at the University of Dallas.

Jude Siciliano, OP -- is prior of St. Albert’s Priory. He has been a preacher since his ordination in 1969.  For fourteen years he taught Homiletics at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA and is past president of the Catholic Association of Teachers of Homiletics.  He was a volunteer chaplain at San Quentin Prison and was actively involved with, "People of Faith Against the Death Penalty," in North Carolina.  He preaches parish retreats and also travels throughout the country giving preaching workshops.  Check out the link to his reflections on the Sunday scriptures listed on our home page.

BRIAN J. PIERCE, OP -- grew up in Texas, but has spent twenty-one years of his Dominican life outside of the United States – mostly in Latin America (Honduras, Guatemala and Peru).  Brian has recently returned to the US after 6 years of a Rome-based ministry, accompanying the contemplative Dominican nuns of worldwide.  Brian is again involved in itinerant preaching worldwide.  He frequently gives preaching workshops, mostly in Latin America, and has written a few books: Martin de Porres: A Saint of the Americas (New City Press, 2004), We Walk the Path Together: Learning from Thich Nhat Hanh and Meister Eckhart (Orbis Books, 2005), and Praxis y Predicación.  A new book, soon to be published, is entitled Jesus the Prodigal Son (Orbis Books).

Scott O'Brien, OP -- entered the Dominican Order of the Southern Province in August of 1985 at the age of 26.  There were many factors that drew him to the Order after having discerned both diocesan priesthood and several monastic communities.  The most significant contributing factor in his decision to become a Dominican were the four pillars (prayer, common life, study and preaching) and the witness of how those pillars were being lived out by a local community of Dominican sisters.   It was their life of authentic Christian discipleship which witnessed powerfully to how the ideal and reality of religious could be successfully joined.   After finishing his initial graduate studies in Berkeley, CA and in Washington, DC, he began his ordained ministry at St. Thomas More Catholic Community at Tulane University in New Orleans.  After serving there for five years as chaplain, he went on for doctoral studies in Chicago before serving for thirteen years in campus ministry both as chaplain and director and associate professor of theology  at Barry University in Miami, FL.  He now lives in Irving, TX at St. Albert the Great Priory where he serves as the novice master for our province.   He is also a member of our provincial council.

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