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.
Frs. Athanasius Murphy, OP and John Chrysostom Kozlowski, OP both recently finished graduate degree programs, a licentiate in systematic theology from the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception and a doctorate in canon law from the Catholic University of America, respectively. Fr. Athanasius is the provincial promoter of the Rosary and will be assisting at the Johns Hopkins University campus chaplaincy, while Fr. John Chrysostom has taken up a teaching post at the Dominican House of Studies.
Across First Avenue from the United Nations complex in New York is situated a park dedicated to Ralph Bunche, a friend and collaborator of Martin Luther King, Jr. Bunche, an African-American, was a man of astonishing achievement. In an era when his horizons were still limited by Jim Crow laws in the U.S., he became the U.N. Undersecretary General for Special Political Affairs and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1950. His friendship with Dr. King symbolized the integral connection King saw between civil rights at home and international peace. It is a vision very consonant with that of the Catholic Church.
In January 2017, the Dominican Parish of St. Vincent Ferrer and St. Catherine of Siena will host a series of events aimed at developing bonds of unity and fellowship among Christians and at helping Catholics to deepen their efforts at working for unity.