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"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

 (Mt 28;19-20)


The Dominican Order, also known as the Order of Preachers (OP), was founded by S. Dominic of Guzman and approved by Pope Honorius III on 22-12-1216.Though  it was meant to be international in character, for a more practical organization, the Order was divided into territorial units (regional  or national) called Provinces, with their own territory and a certain number of  religious, houses (or convents) and apostolic activities. Even if subjected to the supreme authority of the Order (the Master of the Order and the General Chapter), the Provinces governed by a Provincial (with his Council and the Provincial Chapters), enjoyed certain degree of autonomy.


The projected Province, to be known as the Holy Rosary Province, became a reality when in 1587, out of a group of 40 Dominican volunteers who left Spain, 3 sailed from Mexico to Macao (China) and another 15 boarded the galleon on April 3 from Acapulco to Manila, where they arrived on July 21, 1587. They were the “Founding Fathers” of the new Dominican Province (officially admitted by the General Chapter of the Order in 1591) and the pioneers of a missionary saga which would continue uninterruptedly for four hundred years. In 1987 the fourth hundred anniversary of the Province was solemnly celebrated particularly in Manila, but also in all places where the Province is present today.