We Dominican Brothers in Pakistan have blessed with many gifts in order to live out our chrism in the reality of Pakistan. We seek to be useful for the Vincent Lu salvation of souls by being in solidarity with those who suffer and with those who strive for justice and peace. We preach a message of hope and life based on research and study in global and Pakistani realities and live our common life in the Word make flesh. Therefore, we commit ourselves to:
- Expressing a new way of being Church in Pakistan, aware that this is our gift to the wider Church.
- Have Solidarity with other religious, priests, and especially by enabling the laity for ministry in a participatory Pakistani Church.
- Study, especially in areas useful to the Pakistan Church.
- Dialogue with other faith-traditions, especially with Muslims, in collaboration with other Christian Churches.
- Preach that is typically Dominican, encouraging, comforting, challenging, and witnessing always to God's mercy as the source of our hoping.
The first known Dominican arrived in the Indian sub-continent in 1291, just 70 years after the death of St. Dominic. By the 17th century the Dominican Congregation of India, based in the Portuguese settlement at Goa, numbered about 350 brothers, but died out in the 19th century. The 20th century saw a revival of Dominican presence in both India and in what is now Pakistan.
In 1931 the Italian Dominicans of the Roman Province, led by Fr Benedict Francis Cialeo OP were invited to work in the Diocese of Lahore. In 1939, the Diocese of Multan was erected and Fr. Cialeo became its first bishop. In 1956, the American Dominicans of the Province of St. Joseph began working with the Italian Dominicans in the Multan Diocese. In 1960 Multan was divided into the two dioceses of Multan and Faisalabad. Bishop Cialeo went to Faisalabad and the American Dominicans took over Multan, with Bishop Louis Scheerer as the first American bishop in the Diocese of Multan.
In 1966, the first group of young men from Pakistan entered the Order. In that year a programme was established in Multan to train young men who wished to enter the Order. In 1969, the Novitiate House was established in Bahawalpur, and later the house of studies was opened, attached to Christ the King National Seminary in Karachi. In 1973, the first Pakistani Dominicans were ordained priests.
(Analecta SOP. 46, 1982)
On December 4, 1982, the two vicariates were united in one Ibn-e-Mariam, Vice Province, (Vice Provincia Filus Mariae) Pakistan by the Master of the Order (port no. 50/82/1404)
(From Official Directory of 2019 of Ibn-e-Mariam Vice Province, Pakistan.)