Columbus, Ohio


Settlers of Ohio:
A History of Service
to the Soul of the People

November 1- 30, 2015

Rev. Edward Dominic Fenwick, OP was the first priest to settle in the state of Ohio, and he became its first bishop. Fenwick brought with him a community of men, members of a now 800 year old religious community founded in Europe in 1216 known as the Dominicans. Fenwick and his community provided essential, early services to the citizens of Ohio to support the growing state. The first church was a log cabin at Somerset, Ohio, and the Dominicans settled in Cincinnati, Columbus, Youngstown, Somerset, and Zanesville and have served the citizens of the state of Ohio in parishes, schools and social services in these locations since the early nineteenth century.

The history is noteworthy: for years, Fenwick and the Dominicans were the only Catholic clergy in Ohio, and to this very day, the Dominican Province of Saint Joseph (of which Fenwick was the founder) is one of the oldest and fastest growing men’s religious communities in Ohio and in the United States of America.

Beginning in November of 2015, the Dominicans worldwide will celebrate the 800th anniversary of our establishment, linking the state of Ohio to an 800 year old institution.

The exhibit focuses on history and service for the flourishing of all citizens and the common good.

Jubilee Mass & Opening Event
Columbus, Ohio
Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 5:00PM

Parishioners and friends of the Dominicans from the State of Ohio and Kentucky and all over are invited to join us on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 5:00PM at Saint Patrick Church in Columbus, Ohio for a Votive Mass of Saint Dominic to open the Jubilee.  The Apostolic Nuncio-Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, Archbishop Bernardito C. Auza, will be the principal celebrant and homilist.

Following the Mass at Saint Patrick Church, please join us for a gala at the Ohio Statehouse, starting at 6:30PM with a special viewing of the exhibit: Settlers of Ohio: A History of Service to the Soul of the People.  We hope to have the Governor of the State of Ohio in attendance, in addition to parishioners, family and friends from the region. Come join us in Columbus!

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St. Thomas Aquinas & Law – Washington, D.C.

Justice Scalia

Saint Thomas Aquinas and Law

On January 7, 2016—in honor of the 800th Jubilee of the Order of Preachers (1216-2016)—The Honorable Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States delivered a lecture on “Saint Thomas Aquinas and Law” at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC.  The evening continued with Solemn Vespers for the Memorial of Saint Raymond of Peñafort, followed by a reception and dinner with the community, which included an address by Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. of the Supreme Court of the United States.

See these articles on the event:

– The Daily Signal

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