Dominican Family

We are Catholic religious and belong to the worldwide Dominican Order, the Order of Preachers. To the “Dominican Family” belong not only priests and brothers but also contemplative nuns, sisters involved in apostolic work and laity. Our life is based on the evangelical counsels (poverty, chastity and obedience) and is marked by prayer, community life, study and preaching.

Our Mission

We live within the tension between contemplation and action, which St. Thomas Aquinas expressed in the following words: “contemplari et contemplata aliis tradere” (transmit to others what has been experienced in contemplation. The focal points of our activities today are:

  • Catechesis in a world which has become unchristianised
  • Critical argumentation with non-Christian cultures, systems and social movements
  • Dedication to peace and justice
  • Utilisation of the media for preaching

St. Dominic and the foundation of the Order

St. Dominic (1172-1221) desired throughout his life to speak with and about God. He founded the Order of Brothers Preachers in 1216, as an answer to the problem of the sects which were expanding in his day. From the beginning, the Order was characterised by the link between the contemplative life (tranquillity and meditation) and preaching, as well as by the democratic nature of its constitutions.

Saints and Blesseds of the Order and other important Dominicans

St. Albert the Great (1200-1280): the famous theologian had a good command of the philosophical and scientific knowledge of his time. He was often called upon to referee public and private disputes. His tomb is revered in the Dominican church of St. Andreas in Cologne .

Further important Dominicans: St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Catherine of Siena, Master Eckhart, Bl. Henry Suso, Johannes Tauler, Bl. Margaret Ebner, Girolamo Savonarola, Bartolomè de Las Casas, St. Martin de Porres, St. Rose of Lima, Bl. Fra. Angelico

Becoming a Member of the Order

During the postulancy, there is the opportunity to get to know one of our priories better. The year-long novitiate begins with the vestition. During the novitiate, the young Dominicans try out living in the Order and are introduced to the spirituality and history of the Order. The simple profession at the end of the novitiate binds the candidate to the Order for between 3 and 6 years. Usually, the theological studies take place during these years. After that, the Dominican makes solemn profession, which binds him to the Order until death. Those interested are most welcome to visit the priories of the Order.


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