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.
Blessed Imelda Lambertini, O.P. and the Eucharist “Tell me, how is it possible to receive Jesus into one’s heart and not to die?” This question was often asked by Blessed Imelda. After being permitted to enter religious life at the … Continue reading
Fr. David Caron, O.P., a Dominican of the Southern Province of St. Martin de Porres and the Vicar of Evangelization for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, recently presented at the Nordic Dominican 800th Jubilee in Lund, Sweden. Dominican friars, sisters, … Continue reading
Meet the Friars
Br. Hugo Rojas, O.P.Learn About Our Student Friars
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.
Fr. Robert Perry, O.P.Learn More
Since his ordination, Fr. Bob has spent most of his years as a priest preaching and teaching. While traveling extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and parts of Africa, Fr. Bob has preached, lectured, and conducted numerous parish missions. He has also conducted retreats and workshops among university students, young and older adults, as well as priests, religious sisters, and brothers. In 1983, at the request of the newly formed Dominican Province of St. Martin de Porres, Fr. Bob founded the Aquinas Center of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2006, Fr. Bob completed 13 years as Pastor of two parishes in Louisiana. His ministry for twenty years also included forming and preparing Dominican Students for religious life and ordination to the priesthood. Fr. Bob is currently in residence at St. Elizabeth University Parish in Lubbock, Texas.
Friars on FootLearn More
Beginning May 29, 2016, two Dominican priests will walk over 450 miles from St. Anthony of Padua Church in New Orleans to the National Shrine of St. Martin de Porres in Memphis, Tennessee. Fr. Thomas Schaefgen, OP, and Fr. Francis Orozco, OP, are celebrating the 800th anniversary of the approval of the Order of Preachers, also called Dominicans after the founder, St. Dominic de Guzman, by reaching back to the roots of the friars preachers. The Order of Preachers (Dominicans) is a Roman Catholic religious order made up of priests and brothers that was formally approved by Pope Honorius III in 1216 with the mission of “preaching and the salvation of souls.” St. Dominic followed the example of Jesus who moved about preaching the Good News from town to town, rarely staying in one place, and having no place to lay his head. The route that Fr. Thomas and Fr. Francis will travel begins in New Orleans, takes them around Lake Pontchartrain, and then they will head North through Mississippi, ending in Memphis, TN. The pilgrimage will begin on May 29, 2016, and end on June 29, 2016.