The Dominican Ecclesial Institute (D+E+I), a ministry of the Province of St. Albert the Great, is a lay-led adult education and faith formation ministry and theological institute, established as a collaborative work of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, the Dominican Friars and the Laity. Through this ministry, we strive to live out the Dominican charism: to praise, to bless, and to preach
The Dominican Ecclesial Institute (D+E+I) serves the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. Our primary outreach is to members of partner Catholic parishes & next generation faith seekers in the greater Albuquerque area. We utilize engaging presentations, community building activities & modern communication tools to enrich the spiritual & intellectual lives all.
We strive to:
engage adults of all ages in educational opportunities that encourage active listening, insightful questioning, dynamic discussion and deliberate action by providing:
A forum for guest lecturers to introduce topics of interest
Opportunities to read and discuss theology and philosophy in a book club setting,
Missions in partnership with local parishes.
enrich the People of God of the Archdiocese through celebration and song by sponsoring an awards event to honor individuals committed to a diversity of ministries that nurture adult faith life.
About Our Founder
Very Rev. Michael Demkovich, OP founded The Dominican Ecclesial Institute (D+E+I) in 1996. Fr. Mike graduated from St. Pius X High School, joined the Dominicans 43 years ago, and has obtained a number of degrees in his lifetime. Fr. Mike received his BA in Philosophy with minors in History and Fine Arts from St. Thomas Seminary, Denver, CO, his MA, Masters of Divinity in Systemic Theology (1981) at Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis, MO, and his licentiate (1988), PhD in Religious Studies (1991) and the Pontifical Doctorate in Sacred Theology (1992) at the Catholic University of Louvain, Leuven, Belgium. Not only is Fr. Mike the founder of D+E+I, but also served on its Board of Members (1997-2011). Fr. Mike has held a number of roles including theologian, author, professor, pastor, spiritual director, Dominican promotor, and campus minister. Through his vocation, Fr. Mike has committed his ministry to adult faith formation and making a difference for students and scholars, from parishes to academia.
Fr. Mikes visions for D+E+I includes:
Facilitating ongoing evangelization through following in the footsteps of St. Dominic, by hosting opportunities for our community to deepen their relationship with God and strengthen their relationship with each other.
Sponsoring Dominican voices by inviting nationally and internationally recognized Dominican speakers to Albuquerque for presentations and dialogues, missions, presiding and preaching.
Encouraging Dominican Spirituality by working with local resources and communities to encourage the Dominican charisms: to praise, to bless and to preach / minister.