The Order of Preachers was established 800 years ago by St. Dominic “for preaching and the salvation of souls.” Following the Rule of St. Augustine and the Constitutions of the Order of Preachers, Dominican friars commit themselves to study, prayer, and preaching in order to be effective instruments of Jesus Christ’s saving mission.

The Order of Preachers is made up of regional provinces throughout the world that carry out the work of evangelization in collaboration with the bishops of the local churches where they serve. The Province of St. Joseph, founded in 1805, is one of four provinces in the United States of America, extending from New England to Virginia to Ohio. Our friars engage in a variety of ministries, including serving as teachers, parish priests, hospital chaplains, itinerant preachers, and campus ministers.