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The Dominican Parish of St. Patrick Pro-Life. St. Patrick Church in Columbus, Ohio is part of the Diocese of Columbus and Christ's Catholic Church. St. Patrick Church is served by the Dominican …More
The Dominican Parish of St. Patrick Pro-Life.

St. Patrick Church in Columbus, Ohio is part of the Diocese of Columbus and Christ's Catholic Church. St. Patrick Church is served by the Dominican Friars, officially called the Order of Preachers (Ordo Praedicatorum). An Ohio Right to Life production.

THE DOMINICAN FATHERS
The Dominican presence in the United States can be traced to Most Reverend Edward Dominic Fenwick, a Dominican friar and the first Bishop of Cincinnati. Born in southern Maryland in 1768, young Fenwick was sent abroad to complete his studies at Holy Cross College in Belgium, a college of English Dominicans. Father Fenwick became a Dominican and was ordained in 1793. He later convinced his superiors to allow him to migrate back to his native United States.

Father Fenwick was quickly dispatched to join settlers moving West. In 1806, he established the first U.S. Dominican House and Church in Springfield, Kentucky. By 1818, he established the first Catholic Church in Ohio near Somerset. Father Fenwick wrote a friend in England “that in the State of Ohio there are 500,000 souls and not a single priest with a home of his own.” Through his apostolic work, Father Fenwick earned the title “Apostle of Ohio”. Until 1824, the only priests in Ohio were Dominicans.

Today, the Dominican Order has four Provinces in the United States. Columbus is in the Eastern (St. Joseph’s) Province, which includes over 300 priests and brothers working in the US and overseas in the missions.