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. Michael Mary Hill, O.P.Learn More
Brother Michael was raised in Katy, Texas, where he and his family were members of St. Bartholomew Catholic Church. As a child he developed a strong devotion to Christ crucified and formed a strong relationship with God the Father through personal prayer. With a zealous interest in matters of existence, purpose, faith, and morals, he began to thirst for a deeper understanding of the Catholic faith, teachings, and traditions. After high school he really began to discern serving God’s people more fully.
Upon completion of a degree in Psychology at the University of Houston, attending both an ACTS and Ignatian silent retreat, Br. Michael was drawn into a fuller faith in Christ. He met the Dominican Friars at Holy Rosary Parish in Houston. After attending the “Come and See” weekend in February 2016, Brother Michael felt the call to serve in this community. It was the charism of itinerant preaching, the importance of community life, and the balance between prayer and study which ultimately lead him to apply to the Order of Preachers. He enjoys many activities including the outdoors, reading, crafting, art, exercising, playing guitar, percussion, sports, and more.
Fr. Thomas More Barba, O.P.Learn More
The oldest of three sons, Fr. Thomas More first began discerning a call to the priesthood when he was 12 years old. He was drawn to be a priest by God’s grace working through the religious, prayerful life instilled in him by his parents and his family’s weekly participation at Mass at his parish, St. Patrick Cathedral in El Paso, Texas. While at the University of Dallas, he worked in campus ministry and was assigned as an intern to Fr. Philip Neri Powell, O.P., who introduced him to Dominican life. Taking his religious name in honor of Sir Thomas More, he admires More’s dedication to the preservation of authentic religious freedom, his love of his family and devotion to the Church, his tenacious prayer life, and his belief in a liberal arts education. In his scant spare time, Fr. Thomas More enjoys reading, exercising, baking, and listening to music.
St. Elizabeth University ParishLearn More
St. Elizabeth Church, the second Catholic Church in Lubbock, was built in the Spanish Colonial Revival style and completed in 1935. Built within walking distance to Texas Tech University, St. Elizabeth serves as the University Parish, ministering not only to the many permanent parishioner families, but also, to the students of Texas Tech.
Over the years St. Elizabeth has expanded to accommodate the growing needs of the parish. An expansion of the parish hall in the early 1980’s, a student center in 1983, and a conference center in the 1990s. After planning and contributing to a new church building fund for more than twenty years, a new sanctuary was completed in November of 2002 and dedicated on May 4, 2003. From humble beginnings, to the present, a span of 70 years, St. Elizabeth University Parish has seen tremendous growth and today is a viable parish catering to the spiritual and social needs of a large spectrum of the Catholic population of Lubbock and the South Plains.