Preach My Psalter

Province of St. Martin de Porres

Friar Mariano D. Veliz, O.P., Itinerant Preacher

Hello! My religious name of profession is Friar Mariano. I’m originally from the Central San Joaquin Valley in California. I was born in Fresno, but raised in Firebaugh. I’m a priest in the Order of Friars Preachers in the Province of St. Martin de Porres, located in the Southern United States. I love being a Dominican priest! Thanks be to God for my vocation. I’ve been blessed to live in the South for the last 12 years, including Irving, TX; St. Louis, MO; Houston, TX and New Orleans, LA. I completed my undergraduate studies at California State University, Fresno in 1993 with a B.A. Degree in Latin American Studies. In graduate school I studied at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology of the Graduate Theological Union, earning a Master of Divinity in 2003. This is the graduate school of the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus. I also graduated in 2013 from the Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, MO where I did a Master of Arts in Systematic Theology with a concentration in the Thought of St. Thomas Aquinas. This degree was for research and teaching. Before joining the Order of Preachers, I was a counselor for troubled children and adolescents for about 12 years in large mental health institutions in California. I also participated in Latin American missions before becoming a Dominican. Currently, as Promoter of the Rosary, I’m involved in itinerant preaching, offering parish missions to churches throughout the United States through the Dominican Rosary Apostolate, “Preach My Psalter”.

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