The Dominican Laity is made up of men and women who, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, live according to the spirit and charism of St. Dominic. The Rule for Lay Fraternities of St. Dominic states, “As members of the Order, they share its apostolic mission, by study, prayer and preaching in keeping with their state as members of the laity.” The following pages invite you to learn more about the Dominican Laity’s mission and program of formation for new members. More information is available for those who are interested in learning about the St. Cecilia Chapter. Our collection of Dominican resources contains further information about the Order.
Lay Dominican life is all about having a passion for the Word of God. It is about committing oneself to a community of like minded brothers and sisters that immerse themselves in the Word of God. “If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John: 31-32). Lay Dominicans seek to be in an environment where they “breathe” the Word of God in the Holy Scripture, in the teaching of the Church, in personal and liturgical prayer, in study, and in every day life experiences. They discern ways, with the help of a community of believers, to deliver that Word according to their abilities and the urging of the Holy Spirit…All these activities speak a truth to our impoverished, hurting, hungry world. But for a member of the Order of Preachers, of any branch of the family, actual preaching is to hold pride of place…“But how can they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how can they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone to preach? And how can they preach unless they are sent? Thus faith comes from what is heard and what is heard comes through the word of Christ” (Romans 10:14-15). (The Rule and Directory for Lay Dominicans of the Province of St. Martin de Porres)