“He who never ceases to make his church fruitful through new offspring wishes to make these modern times the equal of former days and to spread the Catholic faith. So he inspired you with a holy desire to embrace poverty, profess regular life and commit yourselves to the proclamation of the word of God, preaching everywhere the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
–Pope Honorious III: Letter to St. Dominic and his Companions, January 18, 1221
The Order of Preachers
The Order of Preachers (The Dominicans) was established in 1216 by St. Dominic de Guzman “for preaching and the salvation of souls.” Following the Rule of St. Augustine and the Constitutions of the Order of Preachers, Dominican friars devote their lives to study, contemplation, and preaching, united by their common profession of obedience and the living of the Evangelical Counsels, in order to be effective instruments in Christ’s saving plan.
The Order of Preachers is composed of regional provinces spread throughout the world. The Province of St. Joseph (The Eastern Province), founded in 1805, is one of four provinces in the United States of America. Our friars engage in a variety of ministries, from New England, to Virginia, to Kentucky, most especially serving as professors and teachers, parish priests, and campus ministers.
A Vocation to the Dominican Friars
A vocation is a call from Jesus Christ to follow him in a particular way. Each Christian has a vocation to holiness, but the Lord calls some to follow him in consecrated life and the priesthood, conforming their lives to the poverty, chastity, and obedience of Christ.
The information on our vocation website is particularly aimed at those who believe that our Lord may be calling them to be a Dominican priest or cooperator brother. The brief essays and FAQs are not a comprehensive exposition on the Dominican life, but are meant to serve as an introduction to life in the Order of Preachers and the Province of St. Joseph.
For those interested in learning more, please contact the Director of Vocations, Fr. Jacob Bertrand Janczyk, O.P.
Getting to Know the Province of St. Joseph
The Province of St. Joseph has many different websites that will help you get to know us better.
The Province of St. Joseph Website
The Dominican Foundation
Godsplaining– A podcast of the Province
Dominicana– The blog, journal, and records of the Dominican student brothers
The Dominican House of Studies (The Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception)
The Thomistic Institute– an academic institute of the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception
The Province of St. Joseph on Facebook, Youtube, and Vimeo
The Office of Vocations on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram