The Province of St. Joseph is part of the Order of Preachers, a worldwide order of friars dedicated to preaching Jesus Christ. One of four Dominican provinces in the United States of America, the St. Joseph or Eastern Province extends from New England to Virginia to Ohio. The friars of the province serve in a variety of ministries throughout this region, undertake missionary work in Eastern Africa, and serve when called throughout the world.
Empowered by the Holy Spirit, our mission is exercised for the salvation of souls and extends to all of God’s people through these primary ministries: preaching, teaching, and serving. See how we live this mission.
In every age of challenge, the Lord has never abandoned His Church. St. Dominic’s mission, to preach the Gospel for the salvation of souls, is just as urgent today as it was 800 years ago. Is the Lord calling you to join this mission?
Dominicans are called to contemplate, and share the fruits of their contemplation with others. Your financial assistance helps us to prepare a new generation of preachers and sustain the friars who have spent their lives in service to the Church.
For those who are familiar with the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, the Dominican Rite is its “cousin,” so to speak. It was the liturgy used by the Order of preachers from the mid-13th century until the liturgical changes following the Second Vatican Council.
People feel overwhelmed by the evil before us. The pervasiveness of hatred, whether racism or otherwise, seems total. How do we cope with this threat spiritually?
At a time like this, I wish I could bring all these people together to sit down at the table for dinner. It probably wouldn’t go very well, but at least the food would be top-notch. The endeavor might fall flat by the end of the evening, but I still think it would be worth a try. It would probably do a better job than Facebook.
Justice and peace are words sometimes used to summarize the whole area of our faith called Catholic social teaching and action. They are what the protestors decrying the brutal death of George Floyd last week in Minneapolis are chanting about. All want a harmonious society, but there can be no true peace without justice for all. As Pope St. Paul VI famously said in his message for the Day of Peace in 1972, “If you want peace, work for justice.” How do we do that?
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