The Lay Dominicans are part of the worldwide Dominican Order, also known as the Order of Preachers. We have existed for hundreds of years and were originally known as Tertiaries or the Third Order. The Lay Dominicans include both married and single people.
Preaching the Gospel within the World
The Lay Dominicans are highly valued as an integral part of the Order’s mission to preach the good news of Jesus Christ to the world. Preaching for us takes as many forms as there are Lay Dominicans: most obviously we seek to share the gospel within the family and the workplace, but sometimes we are involved in activities such as teaching and youth work, the creative arts, journalism, prison fellowship, mentoring young offenders, volunteering – the list is long.
Our Way of Life
Lay Dominicans come from every walk of life, living fully in the world, whilst making a lifelong commitment to the Order and the spirit and charism of St Dominic. We make a vow of obedience, follow a Rule and undertake to live by the four pillars of Dominican life; prayer, study, preaching and community.
The Dominican laity are organised into fraternities which meet at least monthly for study, conversation, prayer, Mass and the Office of the Church, as well as to plan any common projects they might be involved in.
The Lay Dominicans meet monthly at Blackfriars Priory to study and pray.