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Upcoming Events

October 1, 2017
Memphis Gala
Memphis, TN
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October 20-22, 2017
Come & See Weekend
St. Louis, MO
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November 9, 2017
New Orleans Gala
New Orleans, LA
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News & Articles
Two Great “Martins” To Guide Us in Responding to Hatred, Racism, and Violence.

In times of turmoil like now, our Church needs inspiration and courage to preach against the terrible sins of hatred, racism, and violence in our midst and heal the wounds these tragic realities continually inflict.  May the “dream” of Dr. … Continue reading

Vestition of Novices

On Sunday, August 13, 2017, Br. Carlos Salas, along with his classmates from the Province of St. Albert the Great and the Province of Canada, received the habit of St. Dominic marking the beginning of the novitiate year. The novitiate … Continue reading

Movie Review: Dunkirk

Dunkirk is the acclaimed new film from writer/director Christopher Nolan (The Dark Night, Inception) detailing one of the key moments of World War II. In May, 1940, after the surrender of France, British and French troops were trapped on the … Continue reading

Movie Review: War for the Planet of the Apes

War for the Planet of the Apes is the final installment of the excellent trilogy which includes Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2011) and Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2014). The final segment takes off from … Continue reading

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Meet the Friars

  • Br. Greg Dunn

    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.

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  • Fr. Thomas Schaefgen, O.P.

    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.

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  • Holy Rosary Catholic Church

    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.

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