Lay Dominicans are called to ‘preach’ in a variety of ways in our increasingly secular society. Lay Dominicans come from a variety of backgrounds and occupations, thus bringing diverse insights and varied experience to issues.
Members of the Fraternities of St. Dominic are lay men and women who are fully incorporated members of the Order of Preachers and live out their Dominican vocation in the world. Lay Dominicans, who in the past have been called Third Order 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 recognized by the Church on the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas in 1286.
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