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What Is the Link Between St. Albert Priory and the Rosary Center?

The Rosary Center, located in Portland Oregon, is the center of operations for the Rosary Confraternity, an international Catholic movement dedicated to praying the Rosary, in its entirety, each week. Members around the world pray for peace with a united prayer.

The Rosary is a recitation and mental reflection on the Divine life of Jesus Christ. The prayer, comprised of four sections with five decades, or mysteries, each, is a combination of spoken words and internal meditations. All Confraternity members strive to recite the first 15 mysteries weekly; the last five mysteries have been added more recently and are also strongly encouraged.

St. Albert Priory is part of a Dominican order, and thus, is dedicated to supporting the Rosary Center and its mission to promote and teach the Rosary. In the year 1214, Saint Dominic received the prayer from the Blessed Mother as a means of converting sinners. Saint Dominic’s followers, the Dominicans, now carry out the mission to spread knowledge and devotion to the Rosary throughout the world.


Most Holy Name of Jesus

Most Holy Name of Jesus

Jan 3, 2013

Feast Day renewed by Bl. Pope John-Paul II

January 3rd is the feast day of the Most Holy Name of Jesus.  In all of our Dominican ministries across the West from Alaska to Mexico this feast is celebrated with special care as it is the feast of the formal name of our Province.  We hope and pray that you will join us in calling upon that most holy Name to bring about peace in our world and healing in so many places, especially in our own country.  We also hope that you would add prayers for our friars, especially those just beginning their Dominican life, that through the most holy Name they might be filled with zeal for preaching that Name to the world.  Pray also that there would be many men and women who would join the Dominican family as friars, nuns, sisters, brothers or Dominican Laity to continue to praise, to bless and to preach that Jesus Christ is Lord.

Please do support the work of the Holy Name Society in your parish, or begin forming anew this wonderful service to God and His people.

If you, or someone you know, has a potential vocation to the religious life as a Dominican friar, please remember to contact or have them contact our vocation director

Please do visit our house of studies, St. Albert Priory in Oakland, CA

The Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus

Based in Oakland, California, Saint Albert Priory serves as a Roman Catholic Order that follows the teachings of St. Dominic de Guzman. Responsible for missions and philanthropic works throughout the world, Saint Albert Priory also supports the Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus.

Located in San Francisco, the Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus honors St. Jude. One of the 12 disciples of Jesus Christ, St. Jude spent more than a decade traveling throughout Mesopotamia and converting people to Christianity. During the first century AD, he was martyred by being clubbed to death; he was buried in Saint Paul’s Basilica. Today, St. Jude is considered the Patron of Lost Causes.

In 1935, Father Leonard Callahan created The Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus. For nearly two decades, Our Lady’s Chapel housed the structure, but Father Thomas McElhatton coordinated its move to its present location in 1953. The Shrine focuses on preaching by mail, and people can send in letters with requests for prayers for those who suffer from sickness, drug addiction, financial difficulty, and marital troubles. Priests associated with the Shrine correspond with individuals who ask for personalized responses.

Who Are the Dominican Friars? By the Staff of Saint Albert Priory

The Dominican Friars belong to the Order of Preachers, an organization that was established in 1216 by St. Dominic de Guzman, who recognized a dire need for educated preaching at the time. Since then, the friars have become more commonly known as the Dominicans, but the organization continues to thrive as a group of men bound together to live a life of prayer, study, preaching, and community, as envisioned by Dominic.

In carrying out this mission, the Dominican Friars have a primary function of meeting specific needs of the churches they serve. This service takes many forms. The friars staff retreat centers, educate the laity through workshops and missions, serve as hospital chaplains, publish books and papers, and preach at various churches and campuses. The friars reach out to audiences through all means available, from television to radio to the Internet.

The Dominican Friars welcome all talents and interests, with the idea that each person uses his own strengths to proclaim Church teachings. They also value each ministry as offering a way to celebrate God’s presence in the world.

About Saint Albert Priory: Located in Oakland, California, Saint Albert Priory serves as a training facility for Dominican Friars.

St. Albert Priory, Oakland California

The quiet acres of the Priory of St. Albert the Great in Oakland, California provide an ideal place for study and prayer as the friars who have finished their novice year pursue their formation for teh Western Dominican Province of the Dominican Order.

St. Dominic and the Rosary - Br. Lupe Gonzalez, OP

Statue of St. Dominic receiving the Rosary - St. Dominic Church, SF, CA

The student brothers grow in their understanding of their religious life as Dominicans as they also delve deeply into the intellectual patrimony of the Order of Preachers, especially its famous Universal Theologians,  St. Albert the Great and St. Thomas Aquinas.  These two Dominican friars have left the Church a wealth of wisdom and knowledge that is fundamental to understanding our Catholic identity.

Using St. Thomas as a springboard and a compass, the friars study Philosophy, Scripture, Church History, Spirituality, Dogma, Fundamental Theology, Morality and many other disciplines in conjunction with their efforts to know and understand other ancient, modern and contemporary thinkers.

It is with this solid foundation that our friars are prepared to dialogue with the world in a way that respects what is good and true, while challenging the frivolous and error-prone isms of our modern world.

If you feel called to join in this endeavor either as a cooperator brother or a priest, please do consider contacting our vocation director.  You never know what might happen.