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God’s Generosity: Men Accepted for the 2015 Novitiate


The Dominican Province of St. Joseph is grateful to God for these men who have been accepted for the 2015 Novitiate class. They began their novitiate on the feast of St. Dominic on August 8, 2015 in St. Gertrude Priory in Cincinnati. Please pray for them!

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2015 Profession Mass

Please join us on Saturday, August 15 the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary for the Conventual Mass at 11:30am.


Our nine novices who have completed their novitiate year will make simple profession in the hands of our provincial Fr. Ken Letoile, officially become friars of the Order of Preachers, and then take their leave of us for their studies in Washington, D.C.

A reception will follow in the gym.

2015 High School Boys Vocation Event

What: Each year the Dominican Province of St. Joseph organizes only one high school boys vocation event during the summer. Includes: Holy Mass, Midday Prayer, Recreation/Cookout in priory garden, a Talk on Dominican Life, Rosary/Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

Who: All boys from OH, KY, and surrounding states (including incoming freshman and graduating seniors) are invited. A special invitation is going out to altar servers.

When: Monday July 13, 2015
11:30am-3:30pm (begins in St. Gertrude church with Mass)

Where: St. Gertrude Priory in Madeira, Ohio houses our Dominican Novices, so this vocation event for high school boys presents an extraordinary opportunity to meet and pray with our younger friars and those friars working in our Ohio parishes.

Details: Permission Slip Required via St. Gertrude High School Youth Ministry (Director of Youth Ministry: Mr. Brad Bursa)


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God’s Generosity: Men Accepted For The 2015 Novitiate


The Dominican Province of St. Joseph is grateful to God for these men who have been accepted for the 2015 Novitiate class. They will begin their novitiate on the feast of St. Dominic on August 8, 2015 in St. Gertrude Priory in Cincinnati. Please pray for them!

First Mass of Thanksgiving


Two newly ordained priests will be celebrating a First Mass of Thanksgiving Sunday, May 31. It is a tradition that the newly ordained priests return to their home parishes for their “First Mass.”

Fr. Boniface Endorf, O.P. will be celebrating his First Mass Sunday at the 9:30am Mass.
Fr. Charles Shonk, O.P. will also be celebrating his First Mass Sunday at the 12:30pm Mass.

Ordination of their Brothers - 2015


The Dominican Friars of the Province of St. Joseph
joyfully announce the Ordination of their Brothers
Thomas More Garrett, O.P.
John Maria Devaney, O.P.
Boniface Endorf, O.P.
Gabriel Joseph Torretta, O.P.
Innocent Vincent Smith, O.P.
Charles Shonk, O.P.
Vincent Ferrer John Bagan, O.P.
Philip Neri Jordan Reese, O.P.
to the Priesthood of Jesus Christ through the Imposition of Hands and Prayer of Ordination by
The Most Reverend Charles John Brown,
Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland
May 22, 2015 at 9:30 in the morning

Diaconate Ordination 2015

Fourteen Novices Approved for Vows

The Province of St. Joseph announces with joy that its fourteen current novices have been approved to make their temporary profession of vows on August 15, 2014, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.


The following fourteen men, in order of religion, are scheduled to make their simple vows:
Augustine Marogi, O.P.
Jordan Zajac, O.P.
Thomas Martin Miller, O.P.
Irenaeus Maria Dunlevy, O.P.
Jonah Mary Teller, O.P.
Ephrem Maria Reese, O.P.
John Mark Solitario, O.P.

2014 Reception of the Dominican Habit


Select Picture for link to their Bios.

Link for the Vestition Pictures

The twelve men who comprise the 2014 novitiate class began their canonical novitiate on August 8, an event marked by with the reception of the Dominican habit and a religious name.

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! 

 (for others photos click here)

 (for their biographies click here)

Individual pictures with names click here