The Order of Preachers was formed in 1216 by Dominic de Guzman for the purpose of spreading the Gospels around the world and among every people. The Order of Preachers is a worldwide family made up of branches: Cloistered Nuns, Friars (priests and brothers), Apostolic sisters, and Laity. Each family branch is considered an equal member of the Dominican Family with a particular role that supports the overall mission of the Order – to preach the Gospel.
Lay Dominicans are called to ‘preach’ in a variety of ways in our increasingly secular society. We come from a variety of backgrounds and occupations, thus bringing diverse insights and varied experience to issues.
Lay Dominicans, also known as Third Order Dominicans or Dominican Tertiaries, have existed almost as long as the Dominican Order itself. The Lay Fraternities of St. Dominic were founded with their own rule in 1285 and were officially recognised by the Church on the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas in 1286.
A vocation to Dominican life as a lay person is a vocation to holiness. As Dominicans, we strive to live this vocation to holiness by living within the elements of Dominican life.
The Four Pillars….
Laudare, Benedicere, Praedicare….