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.

Upcoming Events

October 7-9, 2016
Come & See Weekend
St. Louis, MO
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October 27, 2016
New Orleans Gala
New Orleans, LA
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800th Jubilee Year
1216 Annual Fund Campaign
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News & Articles
Everyone Can be an Artisan of Peace

At the world day of prayer for peace gathering in Assisi last week, Pope Francis offered these words below: “This is the spirit that animates us: to bring about encounters through dialogue, and to oppose every form of violence and … Continue reading

Movie Review: Sully

I’m sure most of us remember the incredible scene of the “Miracle on the Hudson.” On a winter day in 2009, Chesley (Sully) Sullenberger, successfully landed a US Airways jet in the Hudson River without losing a single one of … Continue reading

Dominican Preaching at the University of Central Florida!

Join Fr. Charles Johnson, O.P., Director of Vocations for the Dominican Province of St. Martin de Porres in his visit with the Catholic Knights at the University of Central Florida.  Fr. Charlie will be celebrating masses and taking part in … Continue reading

Dominicans to Mark 800 Years of Preaching at Oct. 27 Gala

In 1215, Dominic Guzman recognized the need for a new type of organization to address the spiritual needs of the growing cities of the era, one that would combine dedication and systematic education. He and six companions subjected themselves to … 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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