The Order of Preachers
The Order of Preachers is a vibrant men’s religious community 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.
St. Dominic was born in Calaroga, Spain, in 1170 to a Catholic family known for its nobility, learning, and sanctity. 800 years ago, he founded the Order of Friars Preachers, also known as the Dominicans. To defend the Church against her enemies and to preach the Gospel, Dominic trained intelligent, well-spoken, and virtuous young men. Not only did he defend Catholic doctrine against the errors of his day, St. Dominic established the beautiful form of Marian prayer known as the Rosary.