A New Prior at St. Dominic Priory in DC
November 3, 2014
The friars of St. Dominic Priory in Washington, DC, have elected a new prior: Fr. Carleton Jones, OP. Fr. Jones brings much wisdom and experience to St. Dominic’s. Fr. Jones was an Episcopal clergyman before his conversion to the Catholic Church in 1982. He made simple profession in the Order of Preachers in 1984 and was ordained a priest in 1987. Since that time he has served in sundry ministries, including leadership of other priories and of parishes of the Province of St. Joseph, and chaplaincy to the Anglican Ordinariate community of Mount Calvary Church in Baltimore, MD. He was most recently chaplain to the All Saints Sisters of the Poor in Catonsville, MD. Fr. Jones holds an STD from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (“Angelicum”) in Rome and is a frequent lecturer on Bl. John Henry Cardinal Newman. According to the Constitutions of the Dominican Order, the prior promotes the religious and apostolic life of the Dominican community, provides for the needs of the friars and ensures that friars fulfill their personal responsibilities. Fr. Jones will have his work cut out for him at St. Dominic’s, with recent legislation making it a House of Formation for Dominican students in the diaconate starting August 2015, a decision to help resolve space issues at the ever-growing House of Studies in Northeast DC. Alongside this new formation community and the growing parish community, St. Dominic’s is also home to the Center for Assisted Living of the Province, with a number of older friars living in the priory to receive care.
Image: St. Dominic’s Church interior