About Us

Dominican Volunteers USA (DVUSA) is a lay mission program sponsored by 18 congregations of Dominican sisters and friars in the United States.

Dominic de Guzman (1170-1221) founded the Order of Preachers, or Dominicans, at the beginning of the 13th Century. Today, many Dominicans would say that they preach with the Sacred Scripture in one hand and the newspaper in the other. In this way their preaching is to bring the Word of God into dialogue with the complexities and challenges of our world.

The Gospel is brought to life through teaching, care for the poor, advocacy for justice, art, music, care of creation, spiritual enrichment ministries, housing advocacy, and much more. Dominicans can be found in the halls of Congress, in rural farmlands, in universities, in prisons and in neighborhood centers.

Each year, DVUSA invites lay men and women for a 10-12 term of life in mission and in intentional Dominican community.