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Ministries of the Central Province

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  • St. Pius V Catholic Church, Chicago, IL

    St. Pius V Catholic Church, staffed by Dominicans for nearly a century, serves Chicago's Pilsen community and remains committed to promoting the message of Christ through personal, spiritual and social development in a community that respects race, religion and social condition. This is also the home to the Dominican Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus. (Learn More)

    St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church, River Forest, IL

    Located since the early 30’s in River Forest, Illinois, St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church serves an area comprising parts of the Chicago suburbs of River Forest and Elmwood Park. The parish mission statement defines this Catholic community. “As committed Catholics we gather together in St. Vincent Ferrer Parish to build a Christian community on the Dominican tradition of dignity and truth. Through the sacramental life of our Church, the celebration of the Eucharist, personal prayer, study, and working together to spread God's message of love, peace and justice we struggle to achieve this goal.” (Learn More)

    Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Madison, WI

    Blessed Sacrament Catholic Parish, Madison, WI, communicates the Word of God through preaching, education and the promotion of peace and justice. This mission of evangelization is achieved in the context of the Dominican tradition and its emphasis on four pillars: prayer, study, community, and service. As a vibrant faith community, Blessed Sacrament Catholic Parish seeks to involve all parishioners in the mission of evangelization. (Learn More)

    Holy Rosary/Santo Rosario Catholic Church, Minneapolis, MN

    This Dominican parish was founded in 1878 in Minneapolis, MN to serve immigrants (then mostly Irish, now mostly Latino). It is located in the East Phillips neighborhood, near Cedar Ave S and 24th. St. Holy Rosary-Santo Rosario serves as a vital bridge connecting a rapidly changing, ethnically diverse community to Christ’s love. An urban mission parish, Holy Rosary/Santo Rosario Catholic Church welcomes and embraces sons and daughters of God often searching to restore the faith community experience left behind in another place. The parish also serves basic human needs through community outreach while nurturing hope, dignity and vocation. (Learn More)

    St. Dominic Catholic Church, Denver, CO

    St. Dominic Parish is a Catholic Christian Community in the Dominican tradition, called to preach and live the Word of God as a Community of Faith. From its earliest days, this Dominican parish has been a neighborhood Church of immigrants. Today it is made up of a “people of every race, language, and way of life who come together to share in the one eternal banquet with Jesus Christ the Lord.” (Eucharistic Prayer for Reconciliation II) (Learn More)

    St. Albert the Great - Minneapolis, MN

    The Church of St. Albert the Great is a welcoming Catholic Christian community valuing a diverse inner-city character and a global vision; a people of faith, hope and love, desiring to grow through mutual concern and outreach. As a community of faith-filled Catholic Christians, the people of the Church of St. Albert the Great, recognize their baptismal call to be advocates of social justice and peace, seekers of wisdom, servants of the common good.

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  • St. Paul Catholic Center, Indiana University - Bloomington, IN

    St. Paul Catholic Center is a diverse community rooted in the saving compassion of Jesus Christ, energized by His Sacraments, and nourished by the liturgical life of His Church. It is also a unique community: both a parish and a Newman Center; a truly university parish. Serving as the Catholic presence to higher education at Indiana University. St. Paul has been doing this since 1968. It has been home to numerous Hoosier students, faculty and staff, and resident parishioners of Bloomington. (Learn More)

    St. Thomas More Parish and Newman Center, University of Missouri- Columbia, MO

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    St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center, Purdue University - West Lafayette, IN

    Dominican Friars of the Province of St. Albert the Great serve this vibrant Catholic community. The Center is among the nation’s largest parish/campus ministries programs. The 650+ resident parishioner families and nearly 10,000 Catholic students at Purdue joined together at St. Thomas makes St. Tom's one of the great memories for Boilermakers who soon take this faith experience into their lives and the world around them. (Learn More)

  • Aquinas Institute, St. Louis, MO

    Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, the only Catholic Institution in the world offering a Doctorate in preaching, is sponsored by the Dominican friars of the Province of St. Albert the Great. Priesthood candidates at the school prepare for ordination alongside vowed religious and lay people pursuing careers in the Catholic Church or simply seeking a richer faith life. Aquinas Institute of Theology, once housed in River Forest, IL and later in Dubuque, IA, has been a ministry of the Province of St. Albert the Great for over 75 years and a source of theological education for every Dominican in the Province since its founding. (Learn More)

    Fenwick High School, Oak Park, IL

    Fenwick High School, founded by the Dominicans in 1929 in suburban Oak Park, IL, serves students from Chicago, and over 60 suburban communities. Grounded in excellence, leadership, and tradition, Fenwick remains among the very finest secondary schools in the nation and counts unparalleled leaders in virtually every field among its graduates. Fenwick students, guided by faith and reason, are a community of scholars, athletes, artists and leaders, devoted to lives of virtue, service, learning and truth as disciples in the Dominican Catholic tradition. (Learn More)

    Dominican Ecclesial Institute (D+E+I)

    The Province of St. Albert the Great also promotes a unique collaborative ministry of education and adult faith formation with the Archdiocese of Santa Fe and the Aquinas Newman Center through this apostolate of the province. (Learn More)

  • The Dominican Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus, Chicago, IL

    The Dominican Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus in Chicago is a worldwide ministry of the Dominican Province of St. Albert the Great,been bringing the faithful together in prayer since 1929. St. Jude Thaddeus is the “Patron Saint of Desperate Causes” and has widespread popular devotion. Ministries of the Shrine include:

    • Daily Mass celebrated for the intentions of the “Friends of St. Jude”
    • Public Masses at the Shrine and elsewhere, including Dominican preaching
    • PrayerNet, an internet prayer ministry providing the homebound and those in faraway places the opportunity to join in prayer with one another in times of need.
    • The cherished Arm Relic of St. Jude is believed to be the largest relic of any apostle in the United States. This relic provides hope and wonder, a sign of how Christ’s healing grace works through the saints, even after death. It is present on permanent exposition at the Shrine and serves a role in the Novena wherever this devotion is celebrated
    • An on-line gift shop offers religious articles for sale and is the exclusive outlet for St. Jude Oil (a donation is asked for the oil). Periodic mailings of spiritual interest
  • The Priory of St. Pius V, Chicago, IL

    The Dominican Priory of St. Pius V in Chicago houses friars from around the Province who have reached that stage in life where full-time ministry no longer occupies them. After decades of active ministry in the Province and around the world, they now serve the Church and the Province through continued prayer and study, living in community with their brother Dominicans, and in their own ways, service to others. In addition, several Dominicans who live in this Priory work in different capacities on behalf of the Provincial administration and other ministries.

    St. Dominic Priory, St. Louis, MO

    Perhaps more popularly called a seminary, the studentate at St. Dominic Priory houses student brothers of the Province of St. Albert the Great who have completed their Novitiate year and have made simple vows. In a community of both clerical and lay students, these Dominicans study for the priesthood, the committed life of the cooperator brother and future ministry at the Aquinas Institute of Theology.

    The Dominican Novitiate, Denver, CO

    The Dominican Novitiate is the house of religious formation for men in their first year of formation as Dominican Friars under the direction of the novice master. They live in community, serve in various ministries in the Denver area, study the history, role, and traditions of the Order of Preachers, and pray together daily. The novitiate for the Province of St. Albert the Great is located at St. Dominic Parish in Denver, Colorado. (Learn More)

    Preaching Teams

    Dominicans are involved in a variety of ministries, but all Dominicans are engaged one way or another in the Order’s ministry of preaching. There are a growing number of members of the province whose entire ministry is one of preaching. Preaching teams and individual Dominican preachers travel throughout the country to preach retreats and parish renewals.

    Social Justice

    Members of our Province are active in Justice and Peace offices of many dioceses and offer direct services to the poor in many other ways.

    Hospital Chaplaincy

    Some friars in the Province are chaplains at major hospitals ministering to the sick/dying and their families.


    BOLIVIA: Some  friars of the Province have worked in Bolivia in a number of ministries including teaching, the charismatic movement and social justice. A novitiate for Bolivian candidates to the Order was opened in 1982.

    NIGERIA: Since 1951 friars of the Province have been in Nigeria involved in parish work, teaching and primary evangelization. The first Nigerian Dominicans were professed in 1964 and now number nearly two-thirds of the Dominicans in Nigeria. In 1986 Nigeria became a Vice-Province and is now a Province