The Order of Preachers, also known as the Dominican Order, was founded by St. Dominic in 1216. As with all religious orders, Dominicans dedicate their lives to Jesus Christ and the service of the Catholic Church through vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. St. Dominic founded his order “for preaching and the salvations of souls” and established it on four pillars of study, prayer, preaching and life in community.
While parts of Dominican life are drawn from earlier monastic traditions, including the habit and communal chanting of the Liturgy of the Hours, there is also an impetus to go out and preach the Gospel to all nations, which requires the prayer and study necessary to engage the intellectual difficulties that modern life presents. As a Dominican parish, St. Gertrude reflects many of these distinctively Dominican features in her parish life, with a view towards catechetical and intellectual formation, devout prayer and liturgy, fervent preaching, and a robust Catholic community life.