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The global Dominican family has a marvelous 800 year history of great saints, martyrs, theologians, mystics, pragmatists, advocates, poets, teachers, artists, nuns, friars, sisters, lay men and women and a growing youth movement. . . all of which gave expression to Dominic’s passion to Incarnate the good news of Jesus Christ to our world.

The Dominican family is active and thriving throughout the world in Iraq, India, Afghanistan, Peru, Colombia . . . Dominicans are preaching the Resurrected Christ in places most in need of the hope it brings.  The International Dominican Youth Movement drew 150 young adults from over 45 countries to their gathering in Fatima this year. 

There are approximately 176,000 members of the Dominican family around the world in 116 countries today. There are 6,000 Dominican Friars; 3,500 Dominican Nuns; 26,500 Dominican Sisters, and 140,000+ members of the Dominican Laity.

Dominican Volunteers USA trained 14 young men and women for a year of volunteer service throughout the United States at Mission San Jose last summer. Two Dominican Volunteers are serving at ICA Cristo Rey in San Francisco. Click below to find out more about:













In the United States alone there are 8,080 Dominicans: 670 Friars, 5,550 Sisters and 1,860 Associates.  We share close familial ties with Dominican Friars, Dominican Nuns and Sisters of other Dominican Congregations, as well as the Dominican Laity, Associates and Volunteers who share the charism and mission of Saint Dominic.

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