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.
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
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
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.
Br. James Martin Nobles, O.P.Learn About Our Student Friars
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!
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic ChurchLearn More
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.