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.

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September 25, 2016
Memphis Gala
Memphis, TN
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October 7-9, 2016
Come & See Weekend
St. Louis, MO
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October 21-23, 2016
Living Our Legacy
Dallas, TX
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News & Articles
Movie Review: Florence Foster Jenkins

I remember first hearing the unusual story of Florence Foster Jenkins about 30 years ago. A friend had a recording of Florence singing the “Queen of the Night” aria from The Magic Flute. We laughed and laughed at the awful … Continue reading

Preach My Psalter Flood Relief
Rose of Lima: Discipline and Solidarity

Thirty years ago this month, I entered the Dominican novitiate. A few years later, when I realized I had been baptized on the Feast of St. Rose of Lima, it occurred to me that perhaps St. Rose marked me for … Continue reading

Vocations Director at Stephen F. Austin State University

On Wednesday, August 24, Fr. Charlie Johnson, O.P., Director of Vocations, will be with the Catholic Lumberjacks at St. Mary’s Catholic Campus Ministry at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. Fr. Charlie will lead a retreat day for the … Continue reading

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Meet the Friars

  • Br. Hugo Rojas, O.P.

    Br. Hugo was born in a small town in the province of Las Tunas, called San Manuel in Cuba. At the age of 14 he moved with his mother to the United States and settled in Miami. While going to school, Br. Hugo, worked for Kohl’s Department Stores in the Miami Area as a supervisor/manager. After being a member of a Dominican parish in Miami for 8 years, he made the decision to join this wonderful group of friars, and so the following year he applied and was accepted to the Province of St. Martin de Porres. Br. Hugo enjoys learning foreign languages, listening to music and exercising regularly.

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  • Br. James Martin Nobles, O.P.

    Being the youngest of five children, Br. James Martin fits right into another large family, the Order of Preachers. Originally from New Orleans, his first encounter with the Dominicans was as an infant when he baptized by fr. Albert John-Marie Coburn, O.P. He has received a B.A. in Philosophy and Theological Studies from St. Joseph Seminary College and is happy to continue his theological studies at Aquinas Institute in St. Louis. He enjoys hiking, gardening, cooking and being a member of the WhoDat Nation!

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  • Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church

    Our Lady of Lourdes was founded in 1911 by the Rev. Ignatius Lissner, of the Society of African Missions. His search for a site to build this mission was met with both anti-black and anti-Catholic sentiment. With the help of J.J. Spalding, a member of nearby Sacred Heart parish, Fr. Lissner succeeded in purchasing the current site in March of 1912. By November of that year, the building was completed, blessed, and dedicated. Fr. Lissner obtained financing from Mother Katharine Drexel (now St. Katharine Drexel). At its founding, the Lourdes complex consisted of the church on the first floor, classrooms on the second and a parish hall on the third floor. Our Lady of Lourdes is located in the midst of what is now known as the Martin Luther King Jr. Landmark district and we like to think that our parish is a testament to Dr. King’s civil rights dream fulfilled.

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