friars
Photo courtesy of Fr. Gerry Lessard, O.P.
Names? (Front to back, left to right) Bros. John Sica, Michael Weibley, Athanasius Murphy, Joseph-Anthony Kress, Louis Bertrand Lemoine, Patrick Briscoe, Dominic Verner, Gregory Pine, Clement Dickie, and Raymond Snyder, O.P.
 
Where did you move from? We are from all over the United States: New York, Pennsylvania, Kansas, Indiana. For the last four years we have been living in the Dominican House of Studies in Northeast DC.
 
When did you move here? We moved in August 2015 because the Dominican House had no more space with the arrival of the new seminarians. St. Dominic Priory, here in Southwest, is home to three groups: friars working in the parish; older, wiser friars in the retirement home; and friars in the last stages of preparation for the priesthood. We will be here for one year until we complete our studies and are ordained.
What is your first impression of Southwest? This neighborhood has so much to offer! It’s beautiful and abundant with cultural opportunities. There is so much going on here! As soon as we got here, we were walking to Nats games. We’ve been to Hains Point for miniature golf—it’s the oldest continuous miniature golf course in the country! Transportation is great—living in the city but close to I-395! It’s great for walking through the neighborhood. It’s so close to such great art on the Mall and to the bike trails on the Waterfront. There is energy in the day and peace at night. It’s quiet on the weekends! It’s a two-block walk to L’Enfant Plaza, i.e., shops, post office, and five of the six metro lines.  
 
What are you looking forward to most after moving here? We want to get to know our new neighborhood and also have our neighbors get to know St. Dominic’s better. We hope to see the area grow and have people come to St. Dominic’s for special events. We look forward to the completion of construction on 4th and 6th Streets, which will make the neighborhood even more bike friendly.
Know someone who just moved in that you would like to recommend? Send a photo and answers to the above questions to editor@thesouthwester.com.

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