Brief Introduction: Dominican Tradition
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 Word of God by preaching, teaching
and example, while sustained by life in common.
spirituality is centered in the Word of God
creative Word has
been proclaimed by such members
as Thomas Aquinas and Meister
incarnate Word has
been proclaimed by Catherine
of Siena and all who contemplate and
preach the mystery of Jesus Christ.
revealed Word has
engaged those who have studied and taught theology and
Scripture in every century.
single mission of the Order of Preachers embraces many
ministries, developed as needed to bring the Word of God to
people in varying societies and circumstances. St. Dominic
had this in mind when he urged the first members of the Order
to identify with each culture, to listen to the voice of the
poor, to those who sought deeper meaning in life and who sought
to know God.
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.
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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