Contact the Vocations Office


fr-ben-profile-picFr. Benedict Croell, O.P.
Vocations Director, Province of St. Joseph
Dominican House of Studies
487 Michigan Ave., NE
Washington, DC 20017-1585
mobile: (202) 642-3597
toll free: (800) 529-1205
vocations@opeast.org

Fr. Benedict Croell, O.P. hails from Broomfield, Colorado. He studied at Colorado State University, Conception Seminary College, Providence College, the Dominican House of Studies and the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome. He has served in parish, university and itinerant preaching ministries. He also served 5 years in the Order’s East African missions where he was novice master for friars in their initial stage of formation from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Southern Sudan, Angola, Mozambique and South Africa. He has served as Director of Vocations for the Eastern Province Dominicans from 2010-18. With over 80 friars assigned, the Dominican House of Studies in our nation’s capital is the largest Dominican priory of the Americas. Due to lack of space at the House of Studies, the province recently established a second priory of formation for transitional deacons at St. Dominic Priory in the SW quadrant of Washington DC. 

The province of St. Joseph is struggling in a good way, that is financially, because there are more than 65 friars in formation. Together with other friars, he is reaching out to young Catholics to preach Jesus Christ and Him crucified.  Along with 21 other US Dominican Friars, Fr. Benedict was named a Missionary of Mercy by our holy father, Pope Francis on Ash Wednesday 2016.

(A Personal Message from Fr. Benedict Croell OP, Director of Vocations)

UPDATE: Fr. Benedict has been named by Fr. Bruno Cadore OP (Master of the Dominican Order and successor of St. Dominic) as the Director of Development and Mission Advancement for the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (the Angelicum) in Rome – beginning Fall 2018.  His successor will soon be announced.