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The Western Dominican Province 1850-1966
by Fr. Fabian Stan Parmisano, OP
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Welcome to our story! Mission West is the historical account of the foundation of the Dominican friars in the Western United States. These Catholic priests and brothers set out to preach for the salvation of souls and it wasn't without sacrifice, hardship, and even turmoil among the friars. Some will ask, why did you stop at the year 1966? The answer is easy, this story only speaks of the past and not the friars who are alive today. The living will tell their story one day, but for now we hope you enjoy our history, our account of living the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Chapters available online are in Adobe PDF format.
Chapter 7: The Great St. Dominic's: Monks & Ministry
Chapter 8: Moving Out and Up: Portland and Seattle
Chapter 9: A Province at Last!
Chapter 10: New Foundations: Los Angeles, Berkeley, Oakland, Ross
Chapter 11: St. Albert's, Mid-Century: The Light and the Dark
Chapter 12: Around the Province: Ministry Old and New
Chapter 13: New Ventures: Home and Abroad
Toward the Future
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Mission West: The Western Dominican Province 1850-1966
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