We are men and women, singles and couples living a Christian life with a Dominican spirituality in the secular world. We find our inspiration following the same spiritual path taken by many saints, blessed, and other holy men and women throughout the almost 800 year history of the Dominican Order.

The Four Pillars of the Dominican Life

Prayer

Prayer

Lay Dominicans are committed to a life of prayer, the very core of Dominican life. This is divided into public and private prayer. The greatest public prayer is the Mass, which we are encouraged to attend daily when possible. In addition, we pray the Divine Office. Chief among the devotions of private prayer is the Rosary, which we are encouraged to recite and meditate on every day. Finally, we are called to contemplative prayer, a special charism of our Order. The importance of personal prayer is stressed in an annual retreat.

Community

Community

St. Dominic originally sent brothers out in small groups to both validate their preaching and uphold each other in prayer. While we may not always be able to gather together, we share in the common life of our Dominican brothers and sisters and know that we are constantly upheld in prayer by our Dominican family. We know that we are called to strengthen and encourage our brothers and sisters and they are called to do the same for us. Our shared heritage as heirs of the legacy of St. Dominic inspire, encourage, and assist us in all that we do.

Study

Study

St. Dominic knew that, in order to effectively preach the Word of God, one had to be intimately familiar with the Holy Scriptures. He elevated study to the status of a religious duty alongside prayer, fasting and other disciplines. While other orders focused on manual labour, the Dominicans turned their attention to the study of the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. That is why some of the greatest scholars of the late medieval and modern era have been Dominican brothers and sisters. We have details of some great Dominicans here.

Preaching

Preaching

St. Dominic founded his brethren as the Order of Preachers. They were not constituted that they might retreat into the wilderness and encounter God nor that they might isolate themselves in monastery. The Dominicans began as a group that were called to go into the world and preach! We are called to this out this mission not only by the effective and powerful preaching of the Word of God empowered by the Holy Spirit, but also in acts of charity and mercy, reaching out to the poor, homeless, orphans, widows, and those who are most in need of God’s love.
The four pillars are the way in which our life is divided; yet the life of a Dominican is not divided at all. All four of these areas must be lived in a faithful and rich way in order for the Holy Preaching to be accomplished. Living a balanced life placing proper emphasis on each area when appropriate helps us do the work that our Holy Father Dominic and the Church have asked us to do: preach Jesus Christ!

Chapters in Belfast

St. Dominic's Chapter
St. Dominic's ChapterFalls Road
Chapter President: Mrs Mary McGuigan OP
Meets: Third Sunday of the month, 3:30pm
Dominican Convent, Falls Road
Sedes Sapientiae (Our Lady Seat of Wisdom) Chapter
Sedes Sapientiae (Our Lady Seat of Wisdom) Chapter
Chapter President: Ms Christina Martin OP
Meets: Third Sunday of the month, 3pm
Cathedral Presbytery, St Peter’s Square
Mater Ecclesiae & Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati Chapter
Mater Ecclesiae & Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati Chapter
Chapter President: Mr Eamonn Gaines OP
Meets: Second Tuesday of the month, 7pm
Dominican Convent, Fortwilliam
Immaculate Heart of Mary and St. Malachy’s Chapter
Immaculate Heart of Mary and St. Malachy’s Chapter
Chapter President: Mr Martin O’Brien OP
Meets: Third Monday of the month, 7:30pm
St. Brigid’s Parish Centre, Derryvolgie