The Dominican Order, also known as the Order of Preachers, is a Roman Catholic religious order founded by the Spanish priest Saint Dominic de Guzman in France, receiving papal approval on December 22, 1216. Founded to preach the Gospel and to combat heresy, the teaching activity of the order and its scholastic organization placed the Preachers in the forefront of the intellectual life of the Middle Ages. The order is famed for its intellectual tradition, having produced many leading theologians, philosophers and preachers. What truly sets the Dominican Order apart is the four pillars it follows in its spirituality: Community, Prayer, Study, and Preaching. The University Catholic Center, as a ministry of the Dominican Friars of the Province of St. Martin de Porres, promotes these four pillars of Dominican spirituality in its work at Emory University, Emory Oxford College, and Agnes Scott College in the Archdiocese of Atlanta.
Community Life provides opportunities for individuals to continually shape, support, and challenge one another. The University Catholic Center works in cooperatively with the Catholic Student Union, the Aquinas Center of Theology, and the Emory Catholic Studies program to provide students with opportunities to engage with one another through faith and encounter Christ.
Prayer is a reference point through which we encounter the living God and experience a deepening relationship with the love Who is beyond all understanding. The University Catholic Center organizes and promotes opportunities for prayer and contemplation for its members. Our Catholic Center is a place of prayer and contemplation open to all, and is a place of regular events of worship and prayer reflecting our Catholic heritage. We welcome opportunities to work with the diverse faiths found in the Emory, Oxford, and Agnes Scott communities to promote not only understanding of our God, but to seek and appeal together to God for the good of all.
Study is the means by which we find God and deepen our understanding the Great Mystery, Whose loving plan embraces all humanity. The University Catholic Center strives to empower young adults to face the questions of faith and seek the truth so as to intelligently embrace our role of cooperation with God in caring for one another and the world in which we live. The Word of God is at the center of Dominican Spirituality, and through the University Catholic Center, Emory University, Agnes Scott College, The Aquinas Center of Theology, and the Emory Catholic Studies Program, students are provided with a wonderful academic environment in which to study The Word more deeply and integrate their faith and life.
Preaching is profoundly who we are as persons and who we become by the way we serve others. As we serve, the Word of God is embodied in actions that preach the God of love. As God draws people into our community we freely share the good news we have experienced in Christ Jesus. Community life, prayer, and study provide us with the foundation, confidence and wisdom needed to go out and share the love of God through our words and actions.