What is Dominican Laity?
It is a shared Christian Experience. It is an opportunity enriched and fortified by prayer, good works and spiritual benefits. Membership in the Dominican family, embraced by the Church, includes Sisters, Friars, Cloistered Nuns and lay persons. All commit themselves generously and honestly to the ideas and ideals of Saint Dominic for the service of the Church and its mission in the world.
Who are Dominican Laity?
By some special grace of the Holy Spirit, we have chosen to join the Dominican family. As such, we are seeking a richer, deeper spiritual life to draw us closer to God. We remain in the world, single or married, and seek to grow in spiritual maturity within our lay state.
Why Dominican Laity?
All Dominican Communities share in prayer, love, understanding study and mission. New emphasis has been placed on the role of the LAITY in the CHURCH and in the WORLD. You, as a lay person, are being asked to lead in your areas of expertise, to intensify your apostolic efforts and to meet the needs of the times. The Dominican Laity helps each person to be aware of her/his potential and to develop it further.
How are we Dominicans?
Like St. Dominic, our Founder, and St. Catherine of Siena, our Patroness, we are grounded in liturgical prayer: the Eucharist and the Liturgy of the Hours. This prayer nurtures our contemplation. The Rosary is a tradition in the Order. Dominicans honor the mysteries of our Redemption in which Mary shared.
The unique element in Dominican life and Spirituality which St. Dominic enjoined upon his order is study. We are disciples of the Word of God. We are devoted to the Scriptures and spend time reading, studying and praying them. We recognize that our union with others depends on our union with Christ.
"I have made my chief study in the book of Charity; it teaches everything."
Thus the fruits of prayer and study necessarily flow into works of Christian witness.
Are You Interested?
If you are a sincere Catholic, at least 18 years old and have a desire to deepen your Baptismal commitment please join us. For more information you can ask any of our Lay Dominicans or Chapter President Loretta Serna at 505-897-3508. Watch the bulletin for announcement of our next gathering and come pray with us. We usually gather for Morning Prayer and Mass in the Dominican Chapel on the morning of the first Saturday of each month at 9:00 am. This is followed with refreshments and a meeting.