LAUDARE, BENEDICERE, PRAEDICARE
St. Dominic founded the Order of Preachers in 1216, to preach the truth of the Catholic faith and to promote an evangelical way of life. Pope Honorius III, writing to the first Dominican friars in 1221, summarized the Dominican life thus: God "has inspired you with a holy desire to embrace poverty, profess the regular life, and commit yourselves to the proclamation of the word of God, preaching everywhere the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
The Dominican Order exists to spread the Gospel by preaching and teaching, and so it is also centered upon the study of sacred truth. The Order works in the service of the hierarchy of the Catholic Church and in collaboration with ecclesial organizations, to promote the common good of the Church and of human society at large.
The Thomistic Institute is part of the Province of St. Joseph.