We are the Dominican friars of the Province of St. Martin de Porres and we are committed to preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ for the salvation of souls in the Southern United States. Join us in preaching in this diverse and growing region.
The 1216 Annual Dominican Appeal
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Meet the Friars
Br. Greg DunnLearn About Our Novices
Brother Greg is from Fort Worth, Texas, and is one of three children in the Dunn Family. He graduated from Texas A&M University this past spring of 2016 before entering the Novitiate. In college, he found great encouragement in the witness of many fellow students and priests at St. Mary’s Catholic Center who followed Christ with their whole hearts. He was drawn to the Order of Preachers because of the Dominicans he met along the way pray with faith, live in community, study God’s Word, and preach authentically.
He enjoys hiking, baseball, and playing other pick-up sports. If you would like to learn some Fightin’ Texas Aggie Yells, feel free to ask him. Also, with a great bit of perseverance, he is a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan and can only hope that this is finally the year for them.
Fr. Thomas Schaefgen, O.P.Learn More
Father Thomas Schaefgen, OP, serves as Chaplain and Director of the Catholic campus ministry at Tulane University. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, he is also a Tulane grad (Architecture, ’06). While at Tulane he was inspired by the Dominicans he met on campus and attracted by the Order’s mission of preaching and commitment to the intellectual life. In August 2007 he entered the Dominican Order and was ordained a priest in 2013. He speaks Spanish and enjoys studying languages, hanging out with students, cycling, reading and crossword puzzles. Fr. Thomas joined Fr. Francis Orozco, OP, for a walking pilgrimage this past summer across the South from New Orleans to Memphis in commemoration of the 800th anniversary of the founding of the Dominican Order.
Holy Rosary Catholic ChurchLearn More
Holy Rosary Parish was founded by the Dominican Friars in 1913 when they were invited by Bishop Nicholas A. Gallagher to serve the needs of 125 families living in what was then Houston’s south side. At the time, the city had only 82,000 citizens. As soon as the parish was established, work began on a two-story building on land donated by William H. McCarthy. Upon completion, the lower floor was used for the parish church; the upper floor served as the parochial elementary school, conducted by the Dominican Sisters of the Congregation of the Sacred Heart. Beginning with six classrooms and 25 children, the school grew into all eight grades by 1922 and remained open until 1963. The first Mass was held before construction was complete in a private residence. The first baptism in the parish was that of Joseph I. Macatee; the first funeral was for George Rick; and the first wedding was that of Charles Giraud and Mary Kittrell.