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Western Dominican Named Auxiliary Bishop

The Holy Father has appointed Fr. Robert Francis Christian, O.P., as auxiliary bishop of San Francisco. Fr. Robert is the first Dominican from…

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Solemn Vows 2018

The Dominican Friarsof the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesuscordially invite you to the Solemn Profession of their BrotherGregory Augustine…

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Discovering a Desert in Bloom

The height of winter usually finds the novices of the Western Dominican Province roaming the deserts of the Southwest. This journey takes us…

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Live Lent Like a Dominican

Over the last 800 years, the Order of Preachers has celebrated the holiness of 103 Saints and 374 Blesseds in the Dominican family. Their witness…

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Novices' Southern Tour

Every year the novices visit our communities throughout the Province, on a southern tour in the spring, and a northern tour during the summer.…

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Novena in Honor of Our Lady of Lourdes

Fr. Allan White, O.P., of the Province of England, will be the preacher at this year's Novena in Honor of our Lady of Lourdes, celebrated from…

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Devotion to the Holy Name

As we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus, the titular feast of the Western Dominican Province, Fr. Augustine Hilander, O.P., our promoter…

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Ring In the New Year with the Novices

On Sunday, December 31 at 10:30pm, the novice brothers at Saint Dominic’s Church in San Francisco will lead a prayer service to end 2017. In…

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Double Take: Two Masses in Two Days

This year, since Christmas falls on a Monday, many people are asking, "If I only go to a Christmas Vigil Mass on Sunday, December 24, have I…

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"Dominican Brothers" Book - Advancing the Mission

After a year of intense research, Fr. Augustine Thompson, O.P., has released his latest book, Dominican Brothers: Conversi, Lay, and Cooperator…

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Fr. Patrick LaBelle's Funeral

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Fr. Patrick LaBelle, O.P., who died on Monday, December 11, 2017.The funeral arrangements are as follows:Thursday,…

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Immaculate Mary: Facing the Dreaded Foe

In 1854, Pope Pius IX declared the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary as a dogma of the Catholic faith.* In the…

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"Certitude of Truth" Now Available

In Certitude of Truth, Fr. Brian Mullady, O.P., reflects on the many works of Pope Benedict XVI, examining various aspects of the Church and…

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Prepare the Way of the Lord

As we finish the month of November, many people are already singing carols and setting up their Christmas trees. But before we celebrate Jesus'…

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Advent and Apocalypse

With the end of the liturgical year fast approaching, Fr. James Disney Thompson, O.P., offers his keen insights as to how we should receive the…

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Fr. Joseph Asturias, O.P.

Joseph Louis Asturias was born in Guatemala City in 1908 to Manuel Asturias and Rosa Coblentz Braun, the owners of large coffee plantations in…

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Holy Rosary Philosophy Conference 2017

Holy Rosary Church in Portland, Oregon will host the parish's first philosophy conference entitled "The Nature, Role and Scope of the Conscience"…

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Novice Class of 2017-2018

At the end of August, five men received the habit of the Order of Preachers and began their first year of formation as novices. Blessed with…

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Brothers in the Lord

"Within that region where the sweet west wind comes blowing...lies Caleruega, fortune-favored town...There the staunch love of the Christian…

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"Ecce Homo" Art Exhibit Opening

Blackfriars Gallery at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology will open its latest exhibit on October 15 at 2pm with a light reception."Ecce…

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St. Juan Macias, O.P.

Born on March 2, 1585 in Spain, St. Juan Macias is one of the lesser known saints of the Order of Preachers. Like his friend St. Martin de Porres,…

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Fr. Gerald Albert Buckley's Funeral

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Fr. Gerald Albert Buckley, O.P., who died on Tuesday, August 15, 2017.The funeral arrangements are…

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First Vows 2017

The Dominican Friars of theProvince of the Most Holy Name of Jesuscordially invite you to the First Profession of their BrothersJohn WinkowitschPaschal…

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Fr. Francisco Vicente's Funeral

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Fr. Francisco Vicente, O.P., who died on Saturday, June 17, 2017.The funeral arrangements are as follows:Wednesday,…

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Dominican Colloquia in Berkeley

Person, Soul and Consciousness: Philosophical and Theological PerspectivesHow do philosophical insights into the human person illumine topics…

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Priestly Fraternities of St. Dominic

Can one be a diocesan priest and a Dominican at the same time?Come and see from 3-8pm on April 25, 2017This informational meeting is open to…

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Dominican Traditions During Holy Week

Holy Week is a special time in the life of the Church, beginning with Palm Sunday and ending with Holy Saturday. During this period, we reflect…

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Ordination Mass 2017

The Dominican Friarsof the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesuscordially invite you to the Ordination of their BrothersChristopher Wetzel,…

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Solemn Vows 2017

The Dominican Friarsof the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesuscordially invite you to the Solemn Profession of their BrothersCody Hyacinth…

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Fast Friars Run the Race

Most student brothers at St. Albert’s spend their Saturdays working on homework, preparing for ministry, or catching up on chores. But for Br.…

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College of Fellows Symposium

The Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology will host its annual Convocation of the College of Fellows on January 27-28, 2017. This year's…

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We Saw A Star Rising

While the Christmas creche is often attributed to Saint Francis, credited with making the first living nativity scene in Italy, the Feast of…

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Fr. Finbarr Hayes' Funeral

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Fr. Finbarr Hayes, O.P., who died on Tuesday, December 20, 2016.The funeral arrangements are as follows:Tuesday,…

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Pilgrimage to Portugal

Due to an insufficient number of registrations, we are sorry to report that the Rosary Center and Western Dominican Province's pilgrimage to…

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Why Christmas is December 25th

The near universal celebration of Christmas on December 25 dates to the early fourth century. It is commonly said that this date was chosen to…

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Conferral of Special Degree

The Dominican Friars are pleased to announce the conferral of the Master of Sacred Theology degree upon our own Fr. Michael Dodds, O.P., at St.…

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Praying for the Dead

Want to better understand the distinction between All Saints Day and All Souls Day? Watch this videoFor years Hollywood has portrayed purgatory…

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Novice Class of 2016-2017

At the beginning of September, six young men received the habit of the Order of Preachers and began their first year of formation as novices.…

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The Power of the Rosary

The Blessed Virgin Mary plays an important role in salvation history. She gave birth to the Savior of the world, and because she was so closely…

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Br. Mark Gorski's Funeral

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Br. Mark Gorski, O.P., who died on Thursday, September 22, 2016.The funeral arrangements are as follows:Thursday,…

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Lift High The Cross

The sign of the cross has been a part of the Church’s tradition for nearly 2000 years. Constantly depicted in film and art, it has become one…

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First Vows 2016

The Dominican Friarsof the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesusand the Vicariate of St. Vincent Pham Hieu Lieminvite you to share in the Liturgy…

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The Death of Saint Dominic

Saint Dominic de Guzman died on August 6 in 1221, after arriving at the convent of San Niccolò nelle Vigne, sick with a fever. After making his…

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Fr. Michael Morris' Funeral

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Fr. Michael Morris, O.P., who died on Friday, July 15, 2016.The funeral arrangements are as follows:Thursday,…

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St. Cecilia Music Festival

Saint Cecilia is one of the most venerated martyrs in all of Christian antiquity and has been honored by Christians throughout the world for…

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3 Tips for a Virtuous Vacation

Taking a vacation during the summer holidays can be difficult. Long lines at the airport and more cars on the road are often a cause of frustration.…

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Christ is our Cornerstone

The Priory of Saint Albert the Great, the Western Dominican Province's House of Studies, has a history unlike any other. The Priory sits…

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Solemn Vows: A Commitment of Service Until Death

Priestly ordination is often seen as the climax of one's life as a Dominican friar. But actually it's the profession of solemn vows which unites…

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Musical Pilgrimage

On April 16 at 7:00pm, St. Albert's Priory continues its celebration of the 800th Anniversary of the Order of Preachers with a Musical Pilgrimage…

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Why Are the Statues Covered?

Beginning on the fifth Sunday of Lent (formerly known as Judica Sunday after the first words of the introit “Judge me, O Lord”) and throughout…

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Surprising Discoveries - The Southern Tour

Every year the novices of the Province visit each of our communities (except the one in Alaska, due to time and resources). These visits are…

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How Do Dominicans Elect Their Leaders?

As itinerant preachers, Dominicans are constantly on the go, traveling from place to place in order to proclaim the Gospel for the salvation…

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Ordination Mass 2016

The Dominican Friarsof the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesuscordially invite you to thePRESBYTERAL ORDINATIONofRev. Br. Christopher Brannan,…

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Solemn Vows 2016

The Dominican Friarsof the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesuscordially invite you to theMass of Solemn ProfessionofBr. Bradley Thomas Elliott,…

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DSPT Aquinas Lecture 2016

This year's Aquinas lecture at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology on Tuesday, February 23 at 7:30pm will feature Fr. Olivier-Thomas…

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Grand Opening of Cate's Café

On Friday, January 15 -- just five months after work began -- St. Catherine of Siena Newman Center in Salt Lake City opened it's new coffee house,…

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Fr. Vic's Funeral

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Fr. Victor Cavalli, O.P., who died on Friday, February 5, 2016.The funeral arrangements are as follows:Thursday,…

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Carnival: Feast Before the Fast

Lent is just around the corner, and as we all know, fasting for 40 days is not easy. In order to make the most out of this holy season, one needs…

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DSPT College of Fellows Convocation

On January 30 at 1:30pm, the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology will host its annual Convocation of the College of Fellows. This year's…

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Rise Up And Focus

Over the past couple of weeks, Dominicans from the Western Province have attended two national conferences aimed at supporting Catholic college…

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Be A Preacher of Mercy

“We are called to show mercy because mercy has first been shown to us,” Pope Francis proclaims in Misericordiae Vultus. As we continue our celebration…

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New Year's Eve Vigil

On Thursday, December 31 at 10:30pm, Fr. Anthony Rosevear, O.P., and the Dominican novice brothers at Saint Dominic's Church in San Francisco…

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Christmas Concert

The Schola Cantorum of St. Albert's Priory and the Women's Antique Vocal Ensemble will present their annual Christmas Concert on December 19…

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The Real Saint Nicholas

Nicholas was born in the village of Patara, on the southern coast of present-day Turkey, towards the end of the third century. When he was a…

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Fr. Paul Scanlon, O.P.

Paul was born on January 22, 1933 in Detroit, the only child of Marvin and Mary Ann Smithbauer Scanlon. As a young man he dreamed of being a…

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Fr. Felix Cassidy, O.P.

Francis Cassidy was born to Mildred and Edward Cassidy on June 3, 1927. Baptized at St. Dominic's Church and raised in Pacific Heights, he was…

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Fr. Paul's Funeral

Please pray for the repose of the soul of our beloved Fr. Paul Scanlon, O.P., who died on Thursday, November 19, 2015.The funeral arrangements…

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Fr. Felix's Funeral

Please pray for the repose of the soul of our beloved Fr. Felix Cassidy, O.P., who died on Friday, November 13, 2015. A great devotee of Our…

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New Habits

On September 3, my five brothers and I were welcomed into a year of discernment with the Order of Preachers as we received the Dominican habit…

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DSPT Jubilee KickOff -- Early Lay Dominican Lecture

The Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology will begin its celebration of the Order of Preacher's 800th Jubilee with a lecture by Fr. Augustine…

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800 Years of Proclaiming the Gospel

Every year on November 7, Dominicans around the world observe the Feast of All Saints of the Order of Preachers. This year we also begin to celebrate…

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St. Martin de Porres, O.P.

Martin de Porres Velázquez was born in Lima, Peru on December 9, 1579. The son of a Spanish nobleman and a freed slave from Panama, Martin would…

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St. Jude Novena and Pilgrimage

Fr. Boniface Willard, O.P., will be the preacher at this year's Solemn Novena in honor of Saint Jude Thaddeus, celebrated from October 20-28,…

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Our Lady of the Rosary

For centuries the Church has taught that the rosary is a powerful prayer.Saint Dominic learned this truth almost 800 years ago, when the Blessed…

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Novice Class 2015-2016

At the beginning of September, six young men received the habit of the Order of Preachers and began their first year of formation as novices.…

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Mater Dolorosa

Michelangelo’s Pietà is probably one of the most famous portrayals of the Virgin Mary known to mankind. Every year millions of tourists, Catholic…

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Centennial Mass

In 1915, only a few years after Alaska became a territory of the United States, a small parish was built on the corner of 5th Avenue and H Street…

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Work and Dignity

While most Americans think of the first Monday in September as the last day of summer vacation, Labor Day (as the name suggests) is more about…

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Take the Novice Prayer Pledge

On Thursday, September 3rd at 7:30pm, in a beautiful ceremony called Vestition, the six young men below will join the Dominicans; receiving the…

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The Traveling Philosopher

Earlier this summer, Fr. Michael Dodds, O.P., one of our professors at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology (DSPT) in Berkeley, was…

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First Profession of Vows

Please join us at St. Albert's Priory in Oakland for the First Profession of our brothers on September 5th at 10:30am.

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Go Forth In the Face of Adversity

In December of 1216, Pope Honorius III approved Dominic de Guzman’s plan for an order of contemplative preachers.Tradition holds that shortly…

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Friars Preach Truth to Youth

Over 200 Catholic teenagers and young adults gathered at St. Martin’s University in Lacey, Washington this past weekend, for the third annual…

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Flute and Piano Recital

On August 10th at 7:30pm, St. Albert's Priory is proud to offer a free concert featuring Joanna Tabaczek–Socha (flautist) and Jacqueline Chew…

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The Law of Liberty

Although William of Ockham once spoke of freedom as the absence of restrictions, the Catholic Church has always thought of freedom as something…

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Fr. Fabian Stan Parmisano, O.P.

Stanley was born in Daly City on June 11, 1926 to Alma and Anthony Parmisano. After attending local parochial schools and Saint Mary's College…

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Bl. John Dominic

Giovanni (John) de Banchini was born in Florence, Italy in the late 1300s and grew up near the Convent of Santa Maria Novella. Having known the…

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Fr. Gabriel Thomas Mosher, O.P.

Jason Mosher was born on October 22, 1979 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. As the oldest child he often thought of himself as "thoroughly spoiled."…

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Masses of Thanksgiving

Fr. Gabriel Thomas Mosher, O.P., will be offering numerous Masses of Thanksgiving around the Bay Area after his priestly ordination at St. Dominic's…

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St. Marie Alphonsine

Soultaneh Marie Ghattas was born in Jerusalem on October 4, 1843. Her devout parents baptized her on November 19th of the same year, and five…

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DSPT Graduation

The Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology's 83rd Commencement ceremony is scheduled for May 23rd at 1pm.With 25 students earning certificates…

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Consecrated Life Panel

Prince of Peace Catholic Newman Center at the University of Washington recently hosted a panel discussion on religious life.Moderated by Patheos…

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Our Friars are on TV

Frs. Brian Mullady, O.P., and Emmerich Vogt, O.P., are both appearing on EWTN this month.EWTN Live will feature Fr. Brian and Dcn. Harold Burke-Sivers,…

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May is Mary's Month

Bring flowers of the rarest, bring blossoms the fairest...The month of May is full of devotions in honor of the Virgin Mary. In Catholic schools…

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OPWest Launches New Website

It's an exciting day for the Order of Preachers and the Dominican friars of the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus. After nearly a year…

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Ordination Mass

Please join us at St. Dominic's Church in San Francisco for this wonderful celebration on May 30th at 10am. RSVP today!

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Tech to Preach - Catholic Hackathon

Join developers, designers and creative individuals from around the Bay Area for our second annual Catholic Hackathon on June 5th and 6th at…

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Fr. Janko Zagar, O.P.

Born in Croatia on September 23, 1921, Janko entered the Order of Preachers in 1943, and professed first vows on August 4, 1944. After his ordination…

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Dominican Life in the 21st Century

The Dominican Friars, Nuns, and Laity offer a day of reflection on "Dominican Life in the 21st Century" at Corpus Christi Monastery in Menlo…

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St. Catherine of Siena

Caterina (Catherine) Benincasa was born in Italy in 1347. Her hometown of Siena had been devastated by the Black Death, and many of her siblings…