The vocation to become a Dominican friar (priest or brother) comes from God. Men seek to serve the Lord in varied ways, but when he is really passionate about preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and bringing people closer to God by spreading the Gospel, then the question of serving the Catholic Church as a Dominican priest or brother becomes a real one.
When the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) was founded by St. Dominic in 1216, the Roman Catholic Church gave a mandate to the newly established Order to preach and to save souls. This has been the concern of the generations of Dominicans since that time.
A Dominican vocation to preach leads the priests and brothers of the Order into many varied ministries. Around the world, the friars are preaching through the pulpit, through missions and retreats, through the mass media and the printed word, through the arts, in solidarity with the poor, in parishes, campus ministries, and hospitals. The Dominicans of the Province of St. Martin de Porres in the Southern United States have been faithful to this call to preaching. The Dominican vocation to save souls leads the friars of the Order to engage with people through the sacraments of the Church and beyond formal preaching.
Ordinary Men … Sacred Calling
“I used to think the priesthood was a sacred calling for sacred men. I’ve now come to realize the priesthood is a sacred calling for ordinary men.”
The Catholic Church in the South needs more Dominican priests and brothers. Is God calling you to be a Dominican Friar (priest or brother)?