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Announcing the New Director of Vocations for the Eastern Province Dominicans

Fr. Jacob Bertrand Janczyk, O.P.

A native of Connecticut, Fr. Jacob Bertrand entered the novitiate of the Dominican Province of St. Joseph in 2010 after completing his undergraduate studies at Marist College (Poughkeepsie, NY), where he competed in division 1 Cross Country. He made his simple profession in 2011 and was assigned to the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC where he earned his Licentiate in Sacred Theology in 2017. Fr. Jacob Bertrand made solemn profession in 2014 and was ordained a priest in May 2017 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. For the last year Fr. Jacob Bertrand has served as the assistant chaplain at Aquinas House, our Catholic campus ministry center at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH.

UPDATE (Summer 2018): Since Dartmouth College has a full summer term taking place right now and Fr. Jacob Bertrand still has various pastoral responsibilities, Fr. Benedict Croell OP (the outgoing vocation director) will be assisting Fr. Jacob Bertrand until the end of the summer in order to assist in his transition. With over 70 men in formation, the Province of St. Joseph is blessed with one of the largest vocation programs in the country. Please pray for him and plan to be in touch with him soon!

2017 Simple Profession in Ohio

Solemnity of The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be celebrated at all masses. At the 11:30 mass the novices will profess their simple vows.

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2017 Vestition

10 Men clothed in the habit of St. Dominic on 8 August 2017

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Announcing 2017 Novitiate Class


In July 2017, the following men will begin formation with the Province of St. Joseph

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Ordination Mass Homily of Archbishop Di Noia

On May 20, 2017, seven Dominican friars were ordained to the priesthood at St. Dominic’s Church in Washington, DC by Archbishop Augustine Di Noia, O.P.: Fr. Bonaventure Chapman, O.P., Fr. Thomas Davenport, O.P., Fr. Joachim Kenney, O.P., Fr. Jacob Bertrand Janczyk, O.P., Fr. Luke Hoyt, O.P., Fr. Alan Piper, O.P., Fr. Edmund McCullough, O.P. During the Mass, the Archbishop preached the following homily:

Eight Novices to Make Simple Profession

It is with great joy that the Province of St. Joseph announces the simple profession of its eight novices!
The profession will take place on the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, August 15th at 11:30 AM in St. Gertrude Church in Cincinnati, Ohio.

A list of the brothers making profession can be found on the announcement card, below.
Please keep these brothers in prayer as they prepare for this big day!

Jubilee Grace: Men Accepted for the 2016 Novitiate


Please pray for the 2016 Novitiate class in the Jubilee Year of the Order of Preachers for the Dominican Province of St. Joseph

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2011 Simple Profession Slideshow

Watch the slideshow of the Simple Profession on August 15, 2011, in which sixteen men completed their novitiate into the Eastern Province of the Dominican Order. The profession of vows took place at St. Gertrude's parish in Cincinnati, Ohio where the Novitiate is located. Fr. John Langlois, O.P., Socius to the Provincial, received the vows of all the men in place of the Master of the Dominican Order, Fr. Bruno Cadoré, O.P. Present at the liturgy were also the Most Rev. Roger Joseph Foys, D.D., Bishop of the Covington Diocese, and the Most Rev. Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D., Archbishop of Louisville.

Dominicana (Dominican Students of the Province of St. Joseph)


Announcing a new feed for the Dominicana, you can find it below the Parish Mass Schedule in the right hand column of this page. This feed is updated every day.

Dominicana is a publication of the Dominican Students of the St. Joseph Province, who live and study at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC. The online edition is updated every weekday, and the print edition appears twice a year. To contact the editors of Dominicana please write to dominicanadhs@gmail.com.

Meet the 2011 Novices

Novice Names: "In the world you were called....in the Order you will be called..."

Here are some photos of the new novices including their religious names (below). Please say a prayer that these men will persevere in giving themselves more to Jesus Christ as they begin this year of novitiate in the Order of Preachers and to follow Him in the way of our Holy Father, St. Dominic.  May the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary watch over them and protect them.  AMEN! 

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 (for their biographies click here)

Individual pictures with names click here