Project OPUS

Project OPUS was the inspiration for the McGreal Center’s goal of researching, writing and publishing of volumes II and III in the series, The Order of Preachers in the United States: A Family History.

Dominicans at Home - Book

The first volume, Dominicans at Home in a Young Nation: 1786-1865 Vol. 1 of the Order of Preachers in the United States: A Family History, was published in 2000.


The second volume, Dominicans on Mission: 1865-1910, is in preparation.

OPUS Friar in the Wilderness

Project OPUS also published:

Friar in the Wilderness: 
Edward Dominic Fenwick, O.P.
by Loretta Petit, O.P.

See it online or hear an audio version.  Click on the above link.

Download an order form to purchase either of these two volumes.

Project OPUS History

1982 - the Present
The program of research in American Dominican history, Project OPUS, was launched in 1985 at the Dominican Study Center in Chicago. In 2007, Project OPUS relocated to Dominican University. A brief chronicle tells of its development.

The Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa voted at the 17th General Chapter to establish a Study Center and formed a commission to solicit ideas concerning its purpose and location.

1984 April
Report of study commission concerning sisters’ responses; Sister Mary Nona McGreal, O.P. assigned as coordinator.

1984 ff.
Study Conferences for U.S. Dominicans, archivists, historians, and congregation secretaries sponsored by Project OPUS and Parable Conference. Support was given by Dominican friars, nuns, sisters, laity and the DLC.

1985 August.
Dominicans of the United States invited to participate in historical research at the new center. Early responses came from: Sisters of Akron, Newburgh, Grand Rapids, Adrian; Friars, St. Albert and St. Joseph Provinces, Laity, Dominican Nuns.

1985 ff.
Documentary gathering; research for Project OPUS: History of the Order of Preachers in the United States.

1989 ff.
OPUS sponsored, with contributions by Dominican Leadership Conference.

Publication of FRIAR IN THE WILDERNESS: Edward Dominic Fenwick, O. P.

Publication of : Dominicans At Home In A Young Nation: 1786-1865 Vol. I of The Order of Preachers in the United States: A Family History

Research continues for Vol. II, 1865-1910.

Project OPUS relocated to the Sr. Mary Nona McGreal Center for Dominican Historical Studies at Dominican University, River Forest, IL.

2009 to the Present
Research and writing for Volume II continues.

Dominican Foundations

Foudations of the US Dominican Family (Friars, Nuns, Laity, and Sisters)  from 1805-1910 , 1911-2009