• 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 18, 2016

Twentieth Sunday - C

Between August 5 to August 21, billions of people from every part of the world watched the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. 11,000 athletes from 205 different nations, including 89 athletes from Kenya, competed in 306 different events. We have every reason to congratulate these athletes who, after months and even years of training, have pushed themselves to win gold, silver and bronze medals. Nations should be proud of their athletes, as Kenya is proud of Jemima Jelagat Sumgong, who won gold medal for the women’s marathon, and David Rudisha who won the gold medal for the 800m. Comparing our Christian life to athletic events is helpful because, similar to athletic events, it is not enough for a Christian to be a passive spectator; we have to actively live the Christian life. Today’s second reading from the letter to the Hebrews (Heb 12:1-4) relates our Christian life with running a race. Just as the Olympic athletes focused all their attention on winning their events, we Christians need to focus our energies on our life in Christ. In the past, those who stepped on the podium to receive their medals were given a bouquet of flowers. At this Olympics, the flowers were not presented…
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Aug 07, 2016

Nineteenth Sunday - C

Some people live in difficult situations and are constantly threatened by very real dangers. We can think of those people who live in areas that are harassed by terrorists. Some people have experienced real danger at particular moments of their lives. All of us are familiar with the everyday fears, the anxieties of daily life no matter where we live. Our anxieties can control us and we can channel our energies into building up resources of self-protection. In today’s Gospel (Luke 12:32-48), Jesus shows us the way to have a never-failing treasure: “Do not fear, little flock. It has pleased your Father to give you the kingdom” (Lk 12:32). Our response to our fears and anxieties is to remember that God is our Father who wants to give us the kingdom. We focus on Jesus’ presence in our lives, like servants who keep watch for the coming of the master, so that they can immediately open the gate when he comes (Lk 12:36): “Be on guard, therefore. The Son of Man will come when you least expect Him” (Lk 12:40). Today, the Letter to the Hebrews (Heb 11:1-2, 8-19) describes such “faith”: “Faith is confident assurance concerning what we hope for and conviction about things we do not see” (Heb…
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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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