The founder was is Spaniard, Domingo de Guzman, better known as Saint Dominic. From him, the mendicant order also received its common name. Officially, it is called Ordo fratrum Praedicatorum (OP), in English, Today, the Order of Preachers Is led, which now numbers approximately 5,900 brothers and 3,000 contemplative and 30,000 apostolic sisters, by Frenchman Bruno Cadoré. In 1959 the Order had even 9,506 brothers.
There are provinces of fading inexorably appears and.Throughout Austria, there is only one Dominican monastery. Vienna archbishop Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, belongs to this Order.
But there are still provinces that are alive and flourishing in the best sense of the word. These include the Dominican Province of the Order of St. Joseph in the eastern part of the USA. There the Immemorial Mass is also maintained.
This also applies to the Provincia Philippinarum in the Philippines. This past Deceber 10th, 18 new novies of the Province have begun their studies at the inter-diocesan Seminary of the Pontifical and Royal University of St. Thomas in Manila. Both facilities are run by Dominicans.