In the United States, there are four “provinces,” or territories to which friars are assigned. They are each named after a Dominican patron saint, but they are also known by the territories they represent: the Central Province, for instance, covers the midwest region, or the “central” part of the United States; the same, then, goes for the Southern, the Eastern, and the Western provinces and the designated territories that they represent. (The interactive map provides you with necessary links to each province’s main website.)

The previous article clarifies why it is that the Dominican Order is a blend of both “provincial” and “global” outlooks. You cannot have one without the other; for example, you cannot have a province whose cares are only provincial in outlook, and thus without regard for the worldwide intentions of the Order.

This is why it is important that the four American provinces collaborate. They must always and truly collaborate, not only as “American” and therefore fellow provinces, but because, in their continuous collaboration, they dutifully serve the worldwide Order by being effectively united in their Dominican mission here together in the United States. For surely, a friar is no friar unless he is a true brother to all friars of his Order.

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