During their fifteenth Elective Chapter, the friars of the Dominican Province of the Assumption elected Fr Kevin Saunders as their prior provincial for the second term. This election has been confirmed by the Master of the Order and Fr Kevin has accepted.
He was born in 1948 in Melbourne and grew up in Nathalia Victoria. After completing secondary education at Assumption College, Kilmore, Victoria, he entered the Dominican Order and made first profession of vows in 1967. After completing his studies, including a Bachelor of Arts with honours, he was ordained a priest in 1975.
Since after his ordination, Fr Kevin has been the Vocations Promoter (1977-1988), Prior of Blackfriars, Prospect, SA and Chaplain at St Albert’s College at the University of New England, Mannix College at Monash University and Aquinas College at the University of Adelaide. Before his first election as provincial, he was the Socius to the then provincial, Fr Thomas Cassidy and Prior of Laurence’s Dominican Community in North Adelaide.

The Dominican Province of the Assumption encompasses Australia, New Zealand, the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea.