Dominican Order in the United States

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The Dominican Order (Order of Preachers) was first established in the United States by Edward Fenwick in the early 19th century. The first Dominican institution in the United States was the Province of Saint Joseph, which was established in 1805.[1] Additionally, there have been numerous institutes of Dominican Sisters and Nuns.

The door to the Dominican Province of St. Joseph at Saint Patrick Church (Columbus, Ohio).


Map of the four provinces of Dominican Friars in the United States

The Dominican Order (Order of Preachers) has four provinces of Friars established in the United States. Each province is divided according to the states in its geographical region.[2] As of 2016, there are 593 professed members of the US provinces. [3]

Province of St. Joseph (Eastern)

The Eastern Province, or The Dominican Friars of the Province of Saint Joseph, now covers the northeastern United States (i.e. Kentucky, the original home of the Dominican Order in the United States, and the states to the north and east of eastern Kentucky).[4][5]

Communities and Apostolates of the Province

  • Brown University-Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
  • Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
  • Dominican House of Studies, Washington, DC
  • Holy Innocents Parish, Pleasantville, NY
  • Holy Trinity Church, Somerset, OH
  • Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
  • New York University, New York, NY
  • Providence College, Providence, RI
  • St. Denis, Hanover, NH
  • St. Dominic Parish, Youngstown, OH
  • St. Dominic Parish, Washington, DC
  • St. Gertrude Parish, Cincinnati, OH'
  • St. Joseph Church, Somerset, OH
  • St. Joseph's in Greenwich Village Parish, New York, NY
  • St. Louis Bertrand Parish, Louisville, KY
  • St. Mary's Parish, New Haven, CT
  • St. Patrick Parish, Columbus, OH
  • Sts. Philip and James University Parish, Baltimore, MD
  • St. Pius V Parish, Providence, RI
  • St. Rose Priory, Springfield, KY
  • St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Zanesville, OH
  • St. Thomas Aquinas University Parish, Charlottesville, VA
  • St. Vincent Ferrer and St. Catherine of Siena Parish, New York, NY
  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Province of St. Albert the Great (Central)

The Central Province, or Province of Saint Albert the Great was established in 1939,[6] and currently covers the states of Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming, and serves six parishes and four campus ministries within this area. The headquarters is in Chicago.[7] In 2012 the Province completed construction on the new Saint Dominic Priory in St. Louis, Missouri; the new Priory, which can house up to 50 friars, is the House of Studies for the Central and Southern Provinces.[8] As of June 2015, the Prior Provincial is the Very Rev. James Marchionda, O.P.[9]

Communities and Apostolates of the Province

Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church (Madison, Wisconsin)
St. Thomas More Newman Center (Columbia, Missouri)
  • Central Province official website
  • Preaching Friars Blog
  • Fenwick High School, Oak Park, IL
  • Domestic Violence Outreach, Archdiocese of Chicago
  • St. Pius V. Parish, Chicago, IL
  • Shrine of St. Jude, Chicago, IL
  • New Priory Press, Chicago, IL
  • St Margaret of Scotland, Chicago, IL
  • Holy Name of Mary, Chicago, IL
  • Dominican University, River Forest, IL
  • St. Vincent Ferrer Parish, River Forest, IL
  • Queen of Peace High School, Burbank, IL
  • St. Paul Catholic Center at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
  • St. Thomas Aquinas Center, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • Aquinas College- Campus Ministry, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Spirit Lake Nation, North Dakota
  • Blessed Sacrament Parish, Madison, WI
  • St. Albert the Great Parish, Minneapolis, MN
  • Holy Rosary Parish, Minneapolis, MN
  • University of St Thomas, St Paul, MN
  • Church of Christ the King, Minneapolis, MN
  • Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis, MO
  • St. Dominic Priory (House of Studies), St. Louis, MO
  • Christian Brothers High School- Campus Ministry/Theology Professors, St. Louis, MO
  • St. Thomas More Newman Center, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
  • St. Dominic Parish, Denver, CO
  • Dominican Ecclesial Institute, Albuquerque, NM

Province of St. Martin de Porres (Southern)

On December 8, 1979, as a response to the rapidly growing Catholic population in the Southern United States, the Order of Preachers approved the foundation of a new Dominican province – the Province of Saint Martin de Porres. The geographic boundaries of the province cover eleven states: Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. The friars (priests and brothers) minister in a variety of settings throughout the South, including universities and other educational institutions, campus ministries, Dominican parishes, and itinerant ministries [10] The Dominican Province of St. Martin de Porres currently serves at five campus ministries and eight parishes.

Communities and Apostolates of the Province

  • Dominican Province of St. Martin de Porres - Official Site
  • Emory University Catholic Center, Atlanta, GA
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Atlanta GA
  • Archbishop Hannan High School, Covington, LA
  • Holy Ghost Catholic Church, Hammond, LA
  • Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Houston, TX
  • St. Albert the Great Priory and Novitiate, Irving, TX
  • University of Dallas - Campus Ministry, Irving, TX
  • St. Elizabeth Catholic University Parish, Lubbock, TX
  • Catholic Student Center at Texas Tech University, Lubbock TX
  • Christian Brothers University, Memphis, TN
  • Signature Healthcare at St. Francis, Memphis, TN
  • St. Martin de Porres National Shrine and Institute, Memphis, TN
  • St. Peter Catholic Church, Memphis, TN
  • St. Dominic Catholic Church, Miami, FL
  • Barry University, Miami Shores, FL
  • Barry University - Campus Ministry, Miami Shores, FL
  • Archdiocese of New Orleans, Hispanic Apostolate, New Orleans, LA
  • Archdiocese of New Orleans, Office of Evangelization, New Orleans, LA
  • Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans, LA
  • St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, New Orleans, LA
  • St. Dominic Catholic Church, New Orleans, LA
  • Tulane University Catholic Center, New Orleans, LA
  • Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans, LA
  • Oblate School of Theology, San Antonio, TX
  • St. Joseph Abbey and Seminary College, St. Benedict, LA
  • Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis, MO
  • St. Dominic Priory and Studentate (House of Studies), St. Louis, MO
  • Congar Institute for Ministry Development
  • Dominican Arts & Artists

Prior Provincials

  • 1979–1984 Fr. Bertrand Ebben, O.P.
  • 1984–1988 Fr. Thomas M. Cumiskey, O.P.
  • 1988–1993 Fr. Paul J. Philibert, O.P.
  • 1993–2002 Fr. Alberto Rodriguez, O.P.
  • 2002–2010 Fr. Martin J. Gleeson, O.P.
  • 2010–2014 Fr. Christopher T. Eggleton, O.P.
  • 2014–Present Fr. Thomas M. Condon, O.P.

Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus (Western)

Coat of arms of the Western Province

The Western Province, or Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus was first established in 1850 by the co-founders Fr. Sadoc Vilarrasa and Bishop Joseph Alemany. Alemany, who in 1840 completed his studies in sacred theology in Rome at the Dominican College of St. Thomas, the future Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum, had been appointed Bishop of Monterey and invited Fr. Vilarrasa to accompany him to California. On his way to his new post in California Alemany stopped in Paris and asked Dominican sisters to join him to teach the children of the Forty-niners. Mary Goemaere (1809-1891) volunteered to accompany the new bishop and to begin a school in his new diocese. Within three years, nine women (three American, one Mexican, and five Spanish) joined Sister Mary to form the Congregation of the Most Holy Name. The province was soon reduced to a self-governing Congregation. Finally in 1912, the congregation was formally re-erected as a province,[11] and currently covers the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Oregon, and Washington,[12] and serves eight parishes and ten campus ministries within this area. It is headquartered in Oakland, California.[13] As of January 2011, the Prior Provincial is the Very Rev. Mark Padrez, OP.

Sisters and Nuns

Dominican Women have been established in the United States since the establishment of the Congregation of St. Catherine of Siena in 1822. Since that time, numerous congregations of Sisters and Nuns have existed.[14]

Congregations of Nuns

1880: Dominican Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary, Newark, NJ
1889: Corpus Christi Monastery, Hunts Point, Bronx, NY
1891: Union City, West Hoboken, NJ
1897: Milwaukee, WI
1899: Baltimore, MD
1900: Camden, NJ
1905: Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary, Buffalo, NY
1906: Detroit, MI
1909: LaCrosse, WI
1915: Albany, NY
1915: Cincinnati, OH
1919: Summit, NJ
1921: Menlo Park, CA
1921: Los Angeles, CA
1922: West Springfield, MA
1925: Lancaster, PA
1925: Syracuse, NY
1945: Elmira, NY
1945: Marbury, AL
1945: Lufkin, TX
1947: North Guilford, CT

Congregations of Sisters

1822: Congregation of St. Catharine of Siena, St. Catharine, KY (now Dominican Sisters of Peace)
1830: Congregation of St. Mary of the Springs, Columbus, OH (now Dominican Sisters of Peace)
1849: Congregation of the Most Holy Rosary, Sinsinawa, WI
1850: Congregation of the Most Holy Name, San Rafael, CA
1853: Congregation of the Holy Cross, Amityville, NY
1860: Dominican Sisters of St. Mary, New Orleans, LA (now Dominican Sisters of Peace)
1860: Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia, Nashville, TN
1862: Congregation of St. Catherine of Siena, Racine, WI
1869: Dominican Sisters of Hope, Newburgh, NY
1873: Congregation of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Springfield, IL
1876: Dominican Sisters of Hope, Ossining, NY
1876: Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary, Sparkill, NY
1880: Congregation of St. Catherine de Ricci, Elkins Park, PA (now Dominican Sisters of Peace)
1881: Congregation of the Sacred Heart, Caldwell, NJ
1882: Congregation of the Sacred Heart, Houston, TX
1888: Congregation of the Queen of the Rosary, Mission San Jose, CA
1888: Congregation of St. Thomas Aquinas, Tacoma, WA
1890: Congregation of St. Dominic, Blauvelt, NY
1891: Fall River, MA
1894: Congregation of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart
1898: Congregation of St. Rose of Lima, Hawthorne, NY
1902: Congregation of the Immaculate Conception, Great Bend, KS (now Dominican Sisters of Peace)
1906: Sisters of Charity of the Presentation of the BVM, Fall River, MA
1911: Congregation of St. Catherine of Siena, Kenosha, WI
1920: Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic, Maryknoll, NY
1923: Congregation of the Most Holy Rosary, Adrian, MI
1923: Edmonds, WA
1923: Congregation of St. Rose of Lima, Oxford, MI (now Dominican Sisters of Peace)
1927: Eucharistic Missionaries of St. Dominic, New Orleans, LA (now Dominican Sisters of Peace)
1929: Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Akron, OH (now Dominican Sisters of Peace)
1946: Hartford, Ct
1950: Puerto Rico
1951: Abbeville, LA
1955: Dominican Mission Sisters, Chicago, IL
1997: Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, Ann Arbor, MI
2009: Dominican Sisters of Peace

Dominican Laity

From the earliest days of the Order, lay men and women have been an intrinsic part of the Dominican Family, gathered to share the Dominican mission and way of life. In whatever lifestyle they find themselves, married or single, Lay Dominicans enrich the Dominican Family with their passion for the Truth, their love of Dominican prayer and apostolic zeal.

Lay Dominicans have a direct role in the preaching mission. Many pursue degrees in theology or liturgy, are engaged in justice ministries and fully participate in St. Dominic's call to contemplate and share with others the fruits of contemplation.. Lay Dominicans preach primarily in the marketplace or wherever our station in life finds us. We preach by our lives and example, and when opportunity arises, with our voices as well. Dominican Lay men and women pursue study, particularly in theology, Scripture, and catechesis in order to preach well when called upon to do so.

The Lay Dominicans make promises to follow The Rule of the Lay Chapters of St. Dominic and the Particular Directory of the Province in which they live. They meet in community regularly and participate with the friars, nuns, and sisters, as well as the Church in general, in praying the Liturgy of the Hours. They engage in active apostolates such as letter-writing on issues of peace and justice, ministry to the poor, liturgical ministries, teaching, authorship, and spiritual counseling. They endeavor to live lives of simplicity and generosity.[15]

Dominican Young Adults, USA

In the summer of 2008, members who attended the Preaching in Action College conference, held a reunion at Edgewood College in Madison, WI. While there, work was done to form the Dominican Young Adults, USA (DYA, USA). Local chapters are present in Dominican colleges, universities, parishes, and other local areas with Dominican influence. Local chapters of 18- to 30-year-olds center meetings around the four pillars of Dominican life: Community, Prayer, Study, and Preaching/Mission. They have a mentor who is a member of the Dominican Family. Each chapter also has a young adult leader. Every two years, national gatherings are held. DYA, USA was officially recognized at the 2009 International Gathering of International Dominican Youth Movement (IDYM) in Fatima, Portugal.

Notable Dominicans in America


  1. ^ Catholic Encyclopedia: "Order of Preachers"
  2. ^ Order of Preachers - Dominicans Around the World
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Dominican Province of Saint Joseph - Locations Archived September 30, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^
  6. ^ Article "Dominicans" by W.A. Hinnebusch, P. Philbert, and R.B. Williams in the New Catholic Encyclopedia (2nd. edition, 2003) ISBN 0-7876-4008-5, volume 4, page 854.
  7. ^ Dominican Central Province - Who We Are Archived October 7, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ The New Saint Dominic Priory on the campus of Saint Louis University. Archived July 30, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ Dominican Friars Elect New Prior Provincial
  10. ^ Province of St. Martin de Porres - About Us Archived March 6, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ Article "Dominicans" by W.A. Hinnebusch, P. Philbert, and R.B. Williams in the New Catholic Encyclopedia (2nd. edition, 2003) ISBN 0-7876-4008-5, volume 4, page 854.
  12. ^ Western Dominican Province - Province Map (Color)
  13. ^ Western Dominican Province - Province Ministry Locations
  14. ^ History of the Dominican Sisters of the St. Catherine of Siena Congregation Archived January 12, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
  15. ^ Dominican Life USA: "Who are Lay Dominicans" Archived December 30, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  16. ^[permanent dead link] Dominican Friars web page about Fr. Aumann, deceased.

External links

  • Eastern Province official website
    • Dominican Friars of Province of St. Joseph website
  • Central Province official website
  • Southern Province official website
    • The Province of St. Martin de Porres maintains a provincial facebook page, a vocations facebook page, a Spanish language vocations facebook page a twitter feed, and a website.
  • Western Province official website
  • Dominican House of Studies official website
  • Aquinas Institute of Theology official website
  • Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology official website
  • Lay Dominicans:
    • Lay Dominicans Eastern Province
    • Lay Dominicans Central Province
    • Lay Dominicans Southern Province
    • Lay Dominicans Western Province
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