• The Vicariate of Eastern Africa

    The Vicariate of Eastern Africa

    A Catholic community of brothers witnessing to Jesus Christ.
  • Long term Vision

    Long term Vision

    To establish Dominican life in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Sudan!
  • Our Mission

    Our Mission

    Preaching the Gospel and formation of young Dominicans following the spirit of our founder St. Dominic!
  • Our Vicariate's  Commitment

    Our Vicariate's Commitment

    To respond to the needs of the Church and society in Eastern Africa by critically integrating values derived from the variety of cultures we represent.
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Dominican Spirituality of Prayer

We center our lives on Jesus Christ, the true light, and are moved by the Holy Spirit who radiates God’s healing presence in the world today.
We celebrate the Word in daily common prayer, meditation, study, and in the proclamation that is preaching.
The primary object of Dominican study is the Word of God, which comes to us through Scripture & Tradition

Dominican Spirituality of Community

We live together in large (as many as 30) and small (as few as 2 or 3) communities.
Our community living is about the willingness to share our lives with one another.
The basic idea of community is not just people living together under one roof.

Dominican Spirituality of Study

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The primary object of Dominican study is the Word of God
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The Word of God is interpreted authoritatively by the Church’s Magisterium
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Dominican contemplation “embraces both prayerful meditation and systematic study - two complementary approaches, nourishing both our hearts and minds in our love for the truth, which is Christ himself.” Study is thus an act of love, a way of seeking Christ and pondering the beauty and wisdom of the Word of God.

Dominican Spirituality of Preaching

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The grace of preaching presupposes the grace of actual prayer or contemplation. Thus, St Thomas Aquinas notes that the Dominican is called to hand on the fruits of his contemplation. The Dominican, then, does not pray for the sake of contemplation alone but in order to preach.
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"The mission of the Friars Preachers [is] to serve the Church by preaching the name of Jesus Christ to the nations” (LCO 108 I).
Preaching is “a sharing in the prophetic office of the bishops; therefore the preachers must accept the entire gospel message and cultivate a living understanding of the mystery of salvation as it is handed down and explained in the Church” (LCO 99 I). Therefore, “in all things the brothers should be of one mind with the Church” (LCO 80).

Interesting Articles

Fr. Thomas Richard Heath OP - Chronology (reconstructed from his books and personal effects kept at Kisumu, and his two manuscripts –destined for publication– in the Vicariate archives)
Fr. Lewis Mary Shea, O.P, a renown Dominican Priest who served in the ministry for the greatest part of his life, succumbed to terminal cancer after ailing for quite a period.
Access all Fr. Kevin's Kraft, OP writings and Reflections on theological and philosophical subjects.


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Discernment of any vocation, whether to the married or Dominican life, begins with a heart and mind open to doing God’s will.
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If you find yourself thinking about Dominican life, rejoice! It is quite possible that the Lord desires you to follow in the footsteps of Saint Dominic, Saint Albert the Great, Saint Thomas Aquinas, and all the other canonized saints of the Order of Preachers. The Dominican vocation bears great responsibility, for our religious life is ordered not only to our own personal salvation, but to preach the joy of the Gospel to all those in need of Christ.
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Our brothers have found that the process of discernment is especially fruitful after entering the Novitiate. The Lord will help you discover, even through the novice year, whether you have rightly discerned. God will generously respond to your faithful answer to His call.

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Aug 27, 2016

Ordination of Bro. Raphael Pio Gitonga, OP

Nairobi, Saturday, August 20th 2016: Bro. Raphael Pio Gitonga Akotha, OP is ordained priest by Bishop Phillip A.S Anyolo of Homa Bay at Tangaza University College in Nairobi. Catholics from Kisumu Archdiocese and Meru Diocese attend the ordination. Before priesthood, Bro. Pio has served the Diaconate ministry in Kisumu Archdiocese where he is currently assigned at St. Martin De Porres Community. Before joining Dominicans, Pio was a teacher and was attracted to the Dominicans while studying at the University in Nairobi. He made first vows August 2008, solemn profession November 2013 and diaconate April 2014. He will continue his Ministry in Kisumu and helping at Our Lady of Grace school.
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Aug 26, 2016

Twenty First Sunday - C

Would God exclude anyone? In today’s Gospel (Luke 13:22-30), Jesus is asked whether those to be saved will be few. He responds: “Try to come in through the narrow gate. Many will try to enter and be unable.” What is the narrow gate? Why would God exclude many who are unable to enter it? Every passage of the Gospel and every verse of the Gospel have to be understood in the context of the whole Gospel. If someone took a remark out of the context of a conversation, what the person actually said can be distorted. Jesus was and is th Father’s invitation to us. Luke, the author of today’s Gospel, especially emphasizes Jesus’ desire to welcome sinners. Recognizing this characteristic of Luke’s Gospel, the Italian poet Dante (d. 1321) describes Luke as scriba mansuetudinis Christi, “the scribe of the gentleness of Christ” (Dante Alighieri, De Monàrchia, I). In Luke’s Gospel, Jesus instructs us to be gracious as the Father is gracious: “You will be children of the Most High, for He Himself is gracious to the ungrateful and the wicked” (Lk 6:35). According to Luke, Jesus teaches that we should imitate the Father’s mercy: “Be merciful just as your Father is merciful” (Lk 6:36). Luke’s Gospel…
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    Prayer is the heart of our Dominican life. Prayer is about staying connected. It is guaranteed to bring about change. Why? Everything is seen in a new light! A prayerful community helps us see everything, and everybody, that surrounds us, including what's often overlooked as well as the obvious.
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    Community helps us stay connected with God. it gives us companions for praying and helps us remember what really matters - our own lives, and the life of everything else that exists on this planet.
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    The primary object of Dominican study is the Word of God, which comes to us through Scripture & Tradition, is interpreted authoritatively by the Church’s Magisterium, and Whose fullest manifestation is the very Person of Christ Himself. The purpose of Dominican study is to make us useful to the souls of our neighbors. It is a spiritual work of mercy aimed at facilitating a more effective communication of the truth that saves. While knowledge can certainly be sought for its own sake, study is all the more noble and virtuous when one is motivated by the dual command of love of God and love of neighbor.
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    Preaching is at the heart of Dominican life because we were founded to be “useful to the souls of others,” and we make ourselves useful primarily through our ministry to the Word of God. Our common life, our study and our prayer are all geared to support the vocation of a preacher. For us preaching takes many forms. We preach from the pulpit during liturgy and at retreats, but we also consider our teaching and various kinds of pastoral care to be ways in which we bring the healing Word of God to bear on the lives of those we serve. Our preaching ministry takes us to parishes, university campuses, retreat centers and sometimes even to food pantries, shelters for the homeless and other places where people are impoverished literally as well as spiritually.
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