“Champions of the Faith and true lights of the world”…these were the words of Pope Honorius III describing a new religious order with their humble founder, Domingo de Guzmán. This band of preachers, under the special patronage of our Lady, was given a mandate by the Church to preach Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

2014 Studentate Photo

Student Friars in formation at the Dominican House of Studies (2014-2015)

Welcome to the vocation office of the Eastern Dominican Province!

In every age of challenge and crisis, the Lord has never abandoned His Church. St. Dominic’s mission, to preach the Gospel for the salvation of souls, is just as urgent today as it was 800 years ago. We are the Order of Friars Preachers and we work to bring God to men and men to God – hardly a small task.  The almost 6,000 friars from every corner of the world, are bound together in the way of St. Dominic. Won’t you join us?

My name is Fr. Benedict Croell OP and I am the Director of Vocations at the Dominican House of Studies in our Nation’s capital, located just across the street from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and The Catholic University of America. You will find significant resources and news about our friars if you CLICK HERE.

You probably are looking for some practical advice of what you could be doing to prepare yourself to possibly enter the Order of Preachers. I would suggest you check out this document (in particular). These guidelines will assist you regardless of where you ultimately go.  To know our criteria for admission contact the vocation director. Or perhaps you want to know how our formation process works.

Within our Order there are cooperator brothers and priests. All Dominican friars, both ordained and non-ordained, are first and foremost consecrated religious bound together as “friars” (brothers) by our common religious profession.

If you want to be in direct communication with me concerning a vocation to the Dominicans, I am happy to talk with you.  I also would suggest that you add your email to receive the Dominican Daily updates providing news from our provincial and student friars websites.

You may have heard we are having a vocations boom. In gratitude to God, we have just under 70 friars in formation for our province (over 120 are in formation for the 4 US provinces). This talk by His Excellency, Archbishop DiNoia OP might be the best description why. Last year I did an interview with Regina magazine which can be found here. Just recently I did another with the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) which can be found here. Finally  another friar and I recently wrote an article for a new organization that is promoting men’s religious life that you will find here.

The best way to learn the most about the charism of the Order of Preachers would be to make a “Come & See” vocation weekend with us and meet the almost 90 friars who live at our House of Studies.

Here is my cell phone: 202-642-3597 and our toll-free number:  800-529-1205 (also rings my cell). Know of our prayers for you as you take this important step in your life!

May our Lord draw you close to His heart as you consider your response to His generosity. We entrust you to Our Lady of the Rosary and our Holy Father, St. Dominic.

in Christ,

Fr. Benedict Croell OP

P.S. Check out our popular vocation video, “Leaving All Things Behind”


Just recently, some of our student friars were on EWTN’s Life on the Rock

student friars on EWTN's Life on the Rock

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