In the United States: A Family History


 A Brief Introduction

Painting of St. Dominic de Guzman in the chapter room of S. Domenico, Bologna
Detail of St. Catherine of Siena from a painting by Beccafumi

Our Family is Centered on
the Word of God

Men and women of the Order of Preachers, the Dominicans, have been on mission in the United States for more than two centuries. The mission given them by Dominic de Guzman (1170-1221) from the founding of the Order, is to proclaim the
Thomas Aquinas

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Word of God by preaching, teaching and example, while sustained by life in common.

Dominican spirituality is centered in the Word of God.

The creative Word has been proclaimed by such members
as Thomas Aquinas and Master Eickhart.

The incarnate Word has been proclaimed by Catherine of Siena and all who contemplate and preach the mystery of Jesus Christ.

The revealed Word has engaged those who have studied and taught theology and Scripture in every century.

The single mission of the Order of Preachers embraces many ministries, developed as needed to bring the Word of God to persons in varying societies and circumstances. St. Dominic had this in mind when he urged the first members to identify with each culture through the use of the vernacular languages. For the same purpose he asked the preachers to meet all people as mendicants, ready to exchange gifts and necessities with others in the spirit of Jesus and the apostles.

Dominicans in the United States continue their ministries of preaching and teaching for changing or lasting needs. They have also assumed ministries newly related to the proclamation of the Word, such as electronic communications, and others urgently required by the needs of people for life, justice, and peace. The twofold motto of the Order continues to be Veritas , in a world hungering for truth; and Caritas, the equally urgent need for human compassion and mercy.

The Order of Preachers is composed of men and women of four branches: friars, who may be priests or brothers; cloistered nuns; sisters; and laity. Dominic de Guzman was called to ministry in the universal Church. His followers have proclaimed the Gospel around the world to peoples never known to the founder, including those of the Americas.

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CREDITS: This timeline is primarily based on an article by Sr. Mary Nona McGreal, O.P., of Project OPUS, requested by Michael Glazier and the Liturgical Press, Collegeville, MN for the Encyclopedia of American Catholic History. The original content of the article has been edited and adapted into a time-line format using photos and other resources on the web.
For a more in-depth and scholarly narrative  read Dominicans at Home in a Young Nation: 1786-1865,
(published in 2001).
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