Are the Dominicans?
passion for God and a conviction that God's love was
meant for all characterized the preaching of
Dominic de Guzman in the 13th century. When he
founded the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) Dominic
was committed to preaching that would be effective.
His desire was to help people hear God's
word within the context of their own reality;
and his devotion to prayer and study as the necessary
preparation for preaching ensured that he words he spoke
would reflect the Truth of the Word
many Dominicans would say that they preach with the
Sacred Scripture in one hand and the newspaper in the
other. In this way, our preaching makes the connection
between the Word of God and the world around us.
We describe ourselves in four
branches of the Order. Today, Dominican men and
women follow Dominic's vision as
friars, sisters, nuns,
lay Dominicans and associates.
Dominicans form a world wide Family, in over 100 countries
of people dedicated to prayer, study,
community and ministry. We
call these the four pillars of Dominican life.
us preachers, all words matter. All our words can offer
life to other people, or death.
Timothy Radcliffe, OP
The injustices of our
day compel us to place the charism of preaching at the
service of the poor and powerless. The Dominican prophetic
message... will move both preachers and hearers of
the word to act for the transformation of oppressive
Kay Ashe, OP
See also: The Four Branches
of the Dominican Order
Learn more about Dominic's charism, Dominican