March 09, 2017
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Fr. David Orique, OP discussed “Dominicans in the New
World” at Mount Saint Mary College on March 8.
Fr. David Orique, OP, an accomplished author and the director of
Latin American Studies at Providence College in Rhode Island,
presented “Dominicans in the New World,” at Mount Saint Mary
College on Wednesday, March 8.
Fr. Orique drew from his academic research, published writings,
and firsthand travel experience to speak about the complexities and
complementarities of the formation of America and where the county
is headed today.
“The growth of Christianity in general and Catholicism in
particular in the part of America that is south of the Rio Grande
is extraordinary,” he said. “The United States is also witnessing
an explosion in the Latino population. In the case of Catholics in
our country, 50 percent of Catholics under the age of 25 are
Latino. And that number seems to be growing.”
What it means to be an American, noted Fr. Orique, has been
evolving for centuries.
“How do we make sense out of the changing notion of what it
means to be an American?” he asked. “Perhaps we might make sense of
these developments…by doing what the first Dominicans did in 1510:
we observe, we ponder, we pray, and we do all this with
In addition to having lived, traveled, and conducted research in
Spain and Portugal, as well as other European countries, Fr. Orique
has worked in 16 Latin American nations for investigative and
After ordination to the priesthood in June 2001, Fr. Orique
served the academic pastoral needs of St. Thomas More Newman Center
at the University of Oregon as well as the spiritual needs of the
rapidly growing Latino community of the Archdiocese of Oregon, and
other locations. In 2007, he completed a Master’s degree in history
at the University of Oregon and a Ph.D. in 2011, both which focused
on the life, labor, and legacy of Bartolomé de Las Casas.
Fr. Orique’s writings and publications include, among others:
“To Heaven or Hell: An Introduction to the Soteriology of Bartolomé
de Las Casas” (2016); “Justice and the Church in Latin America in
the Era of a Jesuit Pope” (2015); “A Comparison of Bartolomé de Las
Casas and Fernão Oliveira: Just War and Slavery,” (2014); and
“Journey to the Headwaters: Bartolomé de Las Casas in a Comparative
The talk was sponsored by the Mount’s Hispanic Studies program
and the Mount’s Catholic and Dominican Institute (CDI). CDI
promotes the Mount’s heritage of St. Dominic; advances the
Dominican charism of study and service; provides a forum for
discussion of contemporary ethical issues; and enhances Catholic
and Jewish dialogue. The Institute welcomes persons of varied
faiths and acknowledges different religious traditions as essential
to the college’s intellectual and spiritual life.