Please pray for the friars at the 9th Provincial Chapter.
In 1216, when St. Dominic gathered his band of friars to preach, he decided they would govern themselves through regular meetings, or chapters. In the early years, the Order was small enough that all the communities of brothers could gather together in a General Chapter. But by 1221, the Order had grown to a size that the General Chapters were no longer able to address all the issues from the various parts of the world. That year a decision was made to divide the Order into provinces, or geographic regions. Over the centuries, it became part of The Book of Constitutions and Ordinations that Provincial Chapters would be held every four years to elect leaders and legislate those things necessary to guide the province.