On December 8, 1979, as a response to the rapidly-growing Catholic population in the Southern United States, the Order of Friars Preachers (Dominican priests and brothers) approved the foundation of a new Dominican Province – the Province of Saint Martin de Porres. The geographic boundaries of the province cover eleven states: Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.
Since the foundation of the Province of St. Martin de Porres, the Catholic Church in the South has experienced unprecedented growth, and with that growth an ever increasing need for priests and brothers. The influx of Latino, Vietnamese, and Caribbean immigrants, as well as the growing African-American Catholic community has created a wonderfully diverse and energetic Catholic faith community. The Dominicans of the Province of St. Martin de Porres stand uniquely poised and ready to minister to this culturally diverse Catholic population. Our Province has been blessed with many priest and brother vocations representing the multi-cultural breadth of the Catholic population in the South. In the relatively few years since our foundation, the Province has grown into a joyful and diverse preaching and teaching community, ready and able to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ in whatever manner or place necessary.
We are a Roman Catholic religious Order that preaches the Gospel of Jesus Christ for the salvation of souls.
The Province of St. Martin de Porres serves Jesus Christ in response to his commissioning to go out to all the world and spread the Good News. The friars (priests and brothers) of the Province of St. Martin de Porres spread the Good News through preaching, teaching, educating, and evangelizing that arises out of Dominican common life. This mission is carried out in universities and other educational institutions, campus ministries, Dominican parishes, and itinerant ministries. The Province of St. Martin de Porres carries out its mission with a primary, even unique focus on the underserved and under-evangelized in the Southern United States.
The Catholic Church in the South needs more Dominican priests and brothers. Is God calling you to be a Dominican Friar (priest or brother)?