Here in St. Louis, MO our House of Studies is a joint project between the Central and Southern Provinces. We have long maintained a wonderfully collaborative relationship with each other and we continue to strengthen that each year through both the Studium here and by combining Novitiate classes at times as well.
Because of this close relationship it is those provinces, the Central and Southern, which are featured below.
Four U.S. Provinces
Throughout the world the Dominican Order is divided up into regional provinces.
In the United States, there are four “provinces,” or territories to which friars are assigned. They are each named after a Dominican patron saint, but they are also known by the territories they represent: the Central Province, for instance, covers the Midwest region, or the “central” part of the United States; the same, then, goes for the Southern, the Eastern, and the Western provinces and the designated territories that they represent.
Listing of U.S Provinces:
1. The Province of St. Albert the Great (Central)
2. The Province of St. Martin de Porres (Southern)
3. The Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus (West)
4. The Province of St. Joseph (Eastern)
Our Vocations Directors
OFFICE OF VOCATIONS, Southern Province
Fr. Francis Orozco, O.P. | Director of Vocations
Email: forozco @ opsouth.org
Phone: (786) 452-3479
OFFICE OF VOCATIONS, Central Province
Fr. Jude McPeak, O.P. | Director of Vocations
Phone: (312) 243-0011 ext. 726
The Central Province, or Province of Saint Albert the Great was established in 1939.
The Central Province is a network of Dominican campus ministries, parishes, and educational institutions in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Colorado, and New Mexico. Our special emphasis is on theological education, evangelization and campus ministry.
Central Province Friars also work in Bolivia, Nigeria, Puerto Rico, and other parts of the world, communicating the word of God through preaching, theological education, and the promotion of justice and peace.
On December 8, 1979, as a response to the rapidly-growing Catholic population in the Southern United States, the Order of Friars Preachers (Dominican priests and brothers) approved the foundation of a new Dominican Province – the Province of Saint Martin de Porres.
The geographic boundaries of the province cover eleven states: Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.
We are a Roman Catholic religious Order that preaches the Gospel of Jesus Christ for the salvation of souls.
The Province of St. Martin de Porres serves Jesus Christ in response to his commissioning to go out to all the world and spread the Good News. 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.