are Lay Dominicans?
the earliest days of the Order, lay men and women have been an
intrinsic part of the Dominican Family, gathered to share the Dominican
mission and way of life. In whatever lifestyle they find themselves,
married or single, Lay Dominicans enrich the Dominican Family with
their passion for the Truth, their love of Dominican prayer and
Lay Dominicans have a direct role in the preaching
mission. Many pursue degrees in theology or liturgy, are engaged
in justice ministries and fully participate in St. Dominic's call
to contemplate and share with others the fruits of contemplation..
Lay Dominicans preach primarily in the marketplace or wherever our
station in life finds us. We preach by our lives and example, and
when opportunity arises, with our voices as well. Dominican Lay men
and women pursue study, particularly in theology, Scripture, and
catechesis in order to preach well when called upon to do so.
The Lay Dominicans make promises to follow The
Rule of the Lay Chapters of St. Dominic and the Particular
Directory of the Province in which they live. They meet in
community regularly and participate with the friars, nuns, and
sisters, as well as the Church in general, in praying the Liturgy
of the Hours. They engage in active apostolates such as letter-writing
on issues of peace and justice, ministry to the poor, liturgical
ministries, teaching, authorship, and spiritual counseling. They
endeavor to live lives of simplicity and generosity.
As Dominican Sisters typically relate to Dominican
associates, the Dominican Friars have had a long tradition of working
with the Lay Dominicans and, indeed, reflect the direct connection
that the Lay Dominicans have with the Master of the Order. Dominican
Sisters, as well, mentor chapters and thus fulfill the collaborative
nature of the Family. Each province of friars has a strong connection
with local chapters.
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