Meet the Friars is a collaborative effort of the Dominican Student Brothers of St. Dominic Priory in St. Louis, MO. The studium comprises members of the Province of St. Martin de Porres (Southern) and the Province of St. Albert the Great (Central). As a community of both clerical and lay students, we study for the priesthood and future ministry at the Aquinas Institute of Theology. Begun in the fall of 2010 as a way to promote the weekly Vespers preaching of the friars, the site expanded to include reflections, video, and theological discourses.

  • Br. Joseph Paul Albin, OP

    Clerical Brother, Simple Vows, Professed August 10, 2014 - Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Br. Joseph Paul is the third of four brothers. He attended the University of Missouri, where he first met the Dominicans. After working in the Newman Center in Columbia, MO he moved to New Orleans and attended grad school at the University of Loyola. He was also a campus minister at Loyola where his primary ministry was working with retreats and small faith sharing groups. When not praying or studying Br. Joseph enjoys Saints Football and live music.
  • Fr. Thomas More Barba, OP

    The oldest of three sons, Fr. Thomas More first began discerning a call to the priesthood when he was around 12 years old. Named Rodolfo Jose after his grandfather, he also took his grandfather’s (and his father’s) nickname, “Rudy.” He was drawn to be a priest by God's grace working through the religious, prayerful life instilled in him by his parents and his family’s weekly participation at Mass at his parish of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. While immersed in the rigorous demands of a liberal arts curriculum at the University of Dallas, he worked in Campus Ministry and was assigned as an intern to Father Philip Neri Powell, O.P., who introduced him to Dominican life. Taking his religious name in honor of St. Thomas More, he admires More’s dedication to the preservation of authentic religious and political freedom, his love of his family and devotion to the Church, his tenacious prayer life, and his belief in a liberal arts education. In his scant spare time, Fr. Thomas More enjoys reading, exercising, baking, and listening to music.
  • Fr. Luke Barder, OP

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  • Br. Brent Bowen, O.P.

    Clerical Brother, Simple Vows, Professed August 11, 2013 - Br. Brent is originally from Lewiston, ME. He attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL, studying air traffic management and business administration. He joined the Dominicans in 2012 because he was attracted by the common life and the charism of preaching. He enjoys beer brewing, web design, reading, and ecclesiology.
  • Br. Pierce Cavanaugh, OP

    Clerical Brother, Simple Vows, August 9, 2015 - Br. Pierce Cavanaugh was raised in Indianapolis and attended Catholic schools for 13 years. After high school graduation, he enrolled at Indiana University, where he earned an undergraduate degree in Sport Communications. He met the Dominican Order at Indiana's Campus Ministry. He is the oldest of Jim and Marianne Cavanaugh's three children.
  • Fr. Dominic Ibok, OP

    Transitional Priest - Dominic attended St. Joseph Seminary, Ikot Ekpene, Awalbom State—an affiliate to the Pontifical University, Rome and the Federal University of Uyo, Nigeria, and Kenrick of Theology. He holds a BPhil, BA Philosophy, MDiv, and MA in Theology. He is originally from Cross River State in Nigeria. Formerly a member of the Society of Our Mother of Peace, he is discerning the Order of preachers after a novitiate year in Denver. He was attracted to the common life of the brothers and is interested in deepening his faith through preaching.
  • Br. Christopher Johnson, OP

    Clerical Brother, Simple Vows, Professed August 10, 2014 - Br. Chris grew up in the suburbs of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro as the oldest of three boys. He attended college at Loras College in Dubuque, IA, where he ran track and cross country while preparing himself to become a Social Studies teacher. Following graduation, he taught high school Social Studies and coached track and cross country for five years, the last four at Shanley High School in Fargo, ND. During his time in Fargo, Br. Chris became involved with a parish youth group and while serving as a chaperone on a service trip, he first heard God's call to discern with the Dominicans. After visiting the Studium in St. Louis, he fell in love with the pillars of preaching and community. Br. Chris enjoys running, lifting weights and reading in his free time.
  • Br. Ben Keller, OP

    Clerical Brother, Simple Vows, Professed August 9, 2015 - Br. Ben is from Andover, MN. He attended Minnesota State University, Mankato and earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He then served as a campus missionary with FOCUS at the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND for a year before joining the Dominicans in 2015. He was attracted by the community life, study and preaching. He enjoys sports of all kinds, reading, learning new things.
  • Br. Anthony John Mathison, OP

    Clerical Brother, Simple Vows, Professed August 9, 2015 - Br. Anthony John is from Aiken, SC. Originally raised Southern Baptist, he reverted to the Catholic Church as a teenager. He attended University of South Carolina at Aiken, studying history. Inspired by the Dominican focus on orthodoxy, preaching, and contemplation, he entered the Southern Province in 2014. He enjoys reading, writing, teaching, theology, philosophy, linguistics, liturgy, and zoology, among other interests.
  • Br. Adrian McCaffery, OP

    Clerical Brother, Simple Vows, Professed August 9, 2015 - Br. Adrian was born in Notre Dame country and had the type of Catholic upbringing cognizant of it. He entered a college seminary in Winona, MN. After seminary, he continued discernment while working as a grant writer and doing graduate studies at CUA in Classics. He returned to priestly formation in 2014, when he entered novitiate. He enjoys lively conversation, reading, cooking, eating, and brisk walks. 
  • Br. James Martin Nobles, OP

    Clerical Brother, Simple Vows, Professed August 9, 2015 - Being the youngest of five children, Br. James Martin fits right into another large family, the Order of Preachers. Originally from New Orleans, his first encounter with the Dominicans was as an infant when he baptized by fr. Albert John-Marie Coburn, O.P. He has received a B.A. in Philosophy and Theological Studies from St. Joseph Seminary College and is happy to continue his theological studies at Aquinas Institute in St. Louis. He enjoys hiking, gardening, cooking and being a member of the WhoDat Nation!
  • Br. Carl Joseph Paustian, OP

    Clerical Brother, Solemn Profession, Professed August 30, 2012 -Br. Carl Joseph is from Spring, Texas. A graduate of Texas A&M University, Br. Carl Joseph joined the Dominican Province of St. Martin de Porres in 2011. After his novitiate in San Francisco, he moved to St. Louis to begin studies at Aquinas Institute of Theology. Br. Carl Joseph made Solemn Profession to the Order of Preachers in May 2016. He serves the Province of St. Martin de Porres on the Vocations Task Force and as the Vocations Liason in St. Louis. Br. Carl Joseph also assists with and Non Nisi Te.
  • Br. Stephen Peterson, OP

    Cooperator Brother, Simple Vows, Professed August 7, 2016 - Br. Stephen is from the Caribbean Island of Trinidad and Tobago. He studied social work prior to entering. He is a member of the Central Province of St. Albert the Great.
  • Br. Nicholas Reynolds, OP

    Clerical Brother, Simple Vows, Professed August 10, 2013 - Br. Nicholas is from St. Simons Island, Georgia. He went to Furman University where he majored in physics, where he was actively involved with campus ministry. He was drawn to the Order of Preachers because of their emphasis on the contemplative life, community, and apostolic ministry. In his free time, Nicholas enjoys sports, exercise, anything about science, watching Dr. Who, reading (especially philosophy and spirituality), and contemplating.
  • Br. John Steilberg, OP

    Cooperator Brother, Simple Vows, Professed August 9, 2015 - Br. John comes from Louisville Kentucky. He attended Bellarmine University and Ball State University. He enters the Dominicans as a cooperator brother candidate. Cooperator brothers are non-ordained friars called to a life of prayer and service. Cooperator brothers preach in a wide variety of ways through their consecrated life as friars in the Order of Preachers. Br. John worked professionally for a number of years and was a member of the Lay Dominicans before discerning life as a friar.
  • Brent Test

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  • Br. Loren Tran, OP

    Clerical Brother, Simple Vows, Professed August 9, 2015 - Br. Loren was born and raised in Vietnam and immigrated with my family to the United States at the age of twelve. He attended University of Missouri- Kansas City for undergrad and Michigan State University for grad education. I joined the Dominican in the summer of 2015. He was attracted by the white habit of the order in the first place at MSU. He love the unity of the Order for 800 years which reflects the oneness of the Catholic Church. Loren enjoys fishing, cooking, and go scuba diving or skydiving in New Zealand or Australia.
  • Br. Thomas Wagaman, OP

    Clerical Brother, Simple Vows, Professed August 7, 2016 - Br. Thomas Mary is from California, MD. He studied chemistry and languages at the University of MD, Baltimore County. He was attracted to the Dominican life of prayer, community, study, and preaching, and made profession in 2016. He enjoys puns, science experiments, learning languages, and Scripture. Δόξα Θεῷ
  • Br. Brian Zuelke, OP

    Clerical Brother, Simple Vows, Professed August 11, 2013 - Br. Brian is originally from Cheyenne, WY and attended the University of Wyoming for electrical engineering. He entered the Order of Preachers after having worked over three years as an electrical engineer for a small fuel-cell R&D company based out of Seattle, WA. Having discerned a call to the Friars Preachers while working as an EE, he began his formation as a Novice in July, 2012 with the Province of St. Albert the Great.