About Us

We are Preachers – Dedicated to Proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ

Our Founder

Saint Dominic de Guzman, a famously joyful friar and preacher, founded what was to become a ground-breaking religious order on a global scale: a group of men and women whose lives balanced monastic life and active preaching.


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Our Order

The Dominicans are professed religious men and women who are dedicated to preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world.


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Our Province

From the very beginning, the territory of the Western Dominican Province has been a place in great need of evangelization and missionary activity.


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Our Way of Life

Stephen of Salanhac, O.P., once described the Dominican friar as “a canon by profession, a monk in austerity of his life, and an apostle by his office.” Although an apt illustration, Stephen’s words require a fuller explanation.


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The Provincial’s Message

 from the Very Rev. Fr. Mark Padrez, O.P.

On behalf of all the Dominican Friars of the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, welcome!

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Our History

Celebrating 800 Years of Preaching for the Salvation of Souls

1216

Commissioned & Sent
Pope Honorius III gave official approval for the creation of the Order of Preachers

1850

Starting a Province
Dominicans first arrive in California and proclaim the Gospel to miners during the Gold Rush

2017

Today and Beyond
Dominicans continue to profess the name of Jesus throughout the world