About Us

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the Dominican Order, the purpose of the Order is to pass on to others the fruits of our contemplation. This 'passing on' of our contemplation we call preaching, a word that may conjure up for our readers a dry Sunday homily or the diatribe of a sidewalk evangelist. Preaching, for us, does not carry such negative connotations. Rather, it is the outward expression of an inward encounter with the Living God. Such expressions have taken shape in many ways over the 800 year history of our Order: the itinerant evangelism of our founder- St. Dominic, the passionate love for truth and the intellectual clarity of Sts. Albert the Great and Thomas Aquinas, St. Martin de Porres' evangelical love for the poor, St. Catherine of Siena's ministry of reconciliation and reform. The Studentate of the Western Province aspire to these models of holy preaching and we hope that this blog, in its better moments, helps further the Dominican mission: Laudare, Benedicere, Praedicare- To Praise, To Preach, To Bless.