I am currently a Dominican novice here in the States and I am a clerical candidate (meaning I want to become a priest). So, I guess this might be sort of a stupid question, but, here goes:
The Church Fathers stress immensely the connection between the bishop and his presbyterate; a notion that Vatican II helped us rediscover.
If I do become a Dominican priest, who will be my bishop? My superiors are all priests (including the Master of the Order, as St. Dominic intended), which is fine, but I find the connection between bishops and priests so crucial to understanding what it means to be a priest. Thus, I’d like to know more about this dynamic.
For what it’s worth, my Novice Master and my Priory’s “wisdom figure” (the most senior member of the House) both said that, through the Master of the Order, we are linked to the Pope of Rome. Obviously, I am going to go with that, but I wanted to get some other viewpoints to help flesh things out and better understand how it works for other religious orders too.
Peace in Christ and St. Dominic!
Br. Anthony John