Thank you for your interest in partnering with us in our work. When our brother St. Dominic founded the Order of Preachers in 1216, I doubt he envisioned opcentral.org. He did, however, know that the important work of preaching the Gospel would take more than the few men and women who followed him over 800 years ago. He also knew it would take resources given by others to complete the daunting task of preaching the Gospel in all corners of the globe.
I invite you to explore on these pages some of the many ways you can support the work of the friars of the Central Province. Your gift will have an immediate impact on the Society for Vocational Support (SVS) and the Dominican Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus. You either give without restriction, allowing us to use your generosity where it is most needed, or specifically to one of the ways we carry out our ministries. I also point you to our annual giving site, the 1216 Annual Fund, where dollars are raised to support the growing annual costs of both the education of our young friars and the care of our elder friars, as well as under-resourced ministries in the province. You may have heard of this fund from one of our friars or in your parish or school. Planned Gifts in your will, trust, or other financial instrument change the face of our work and can have immediate benefits for you and your family. Talk to your financial advisor and find out how.
In the end, none of what we do happens without the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the dedication, love, and fortitude of the nearly 140 friars of the Central Province, and, of course, your support. Please give as best you can. I assure you, what you give will be put to the very best work of preaching the Gospel.
Thank you for your generosity and God bless you for sharing.
The Very Rev. James V. Marchionda, OP
Provincial, Province of St. Albert the Great