The Dominican Friars are a Roman Catholic religious order officially called the Order of Preachers. We were founded in 1216 by St. Dominic de Guzman. Our mission and our lives are dedicated to the preaching of the Gospel, prayer, community and service.
Here at St. Dominic Parish we are members of the Province of St. Albert the Great and our province was formed in 1939. Our provincial headquarters is located in Chicago, Illinois.
St. Albert the Great Province includes the states of Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico.
With 200 members, we minister primarily in the Midwest, but our work extends throughout the world. Our ministries span from Albuquerque to Detroit, from St. Louis to Minneapolis, then on to Bolivia, France, Switzerland, Rome, and Nigeria and Kenya.
The novitiate for the Province of St. Albert the Great has been located at St. Dominic Parish since 1978. This is where the novices spend their first year of discernment in the formation to be a Dominican friar under the direction of the novice master.
During the novitiate, the novices live in the community and learn about life as a Dominican Friar. In addition to regular communal prayer and meals with the community, the novices also take the time to cultivate a private prayer life, and engage in informal study. In addition, they work in apostolates around the Denver metropolitan area one day per week.
The Novices are also active participants in St. Dominic Parish, participating in liturgical ministries, the choir and teaching religious education.
The Lay Dominicans, Denver Chapter is an integral part of the Dominican Family of priests, friars, nuns and sisters. Each member has professed a lifelong devotion to living in the spirit of St. Dominic by preaching the Gospels in the Catholic faith. In so living in this spirit, we preach, not only in words, but through our actions and interactions with others, as well as through service to St. Dominic Parish and other parishes in the Denver metropolitan area.
Dominican priests, brothers, sisters, and lay men and women are found around the globe, all striving in their own way to imitate the example of Dominic and live the gospel. Please visit Dominican Central for an overview of our Provincial and worldwide organization.