St. Dominic founded the Order of Preachers, the Dominicans, in 1216, sending his friars to Europe’s great university cities to pray, study, and preach the Gospel. These priests and brothers earned their living by begging and preaching. 800 years later, Dominican friars continue to preach, teach and pray in more than 100 countries, still relying on help along the way.

St. Dominic wanted his friars to be mendicants or what we might call beggars. This new form of poverty freed up the friars, enabling them to dedicate themselves totally to study and preaching. Dominic also knew this form of religious life could not survive without many faithful friends.

Our Province of St. Martin de Porres, founded in 1979, is one of 50 Dominican provinces around the world. 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.

Today, Dominicans rely on contributions from those to whom they preach just as they did 800 years ago. This 1216 Annual Fund supports our young friars in formation and friars in limited service who have given their lives as teachers, preachers, missionaries, chaplains, and pastors. Your gift creates the annual harvest to continue our work of preaching and teaching.

Dominicans ask questions, keeping the Church alive while helping Her think. Great challenges to our faith invite the very best minds to negotiate these spiritual and moral questions. Dominicans help answer the questions all Catholics long to understand, allowing them to enthusiastically embrace their faith in our rapidly changing world.

As we did 800 years ago, Dominicans share our contemplation and study with others, above all through preaching. We do not do all the Church’s preaching, of course, but it is our priority. Thank you for considering our request.


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