Leicester News

Pauline  Burton  RIP

Pauline was educated at St Paul’s Convent Birmingham and the Agricultural College, Penkridge, Staffordshire, and for a time she and her husband David farmed near Sutton on Sea, Lincolnshire before David took over the family engineering firm.

Pauline was an outstanding Lay Dominican. When David retired, they sailed their own boat to the Caribbean and worked as catechists  with the Dominican Sisters on St Lucia. Returning to Brixham, inspired by Sylvia Spice, they joined the Marychurch Lay Dominican Fraternity, and here they first met Mary Regan. They moved back to their native West Midlands and transferred to Leicester Fraternity. They always attended Congress, thoroughly enjoying being with fellow lays for a few days in community, organising raffles, bookstalls, auctions, running the bar, and did more than their fair share of washing up.  They were great supporters of the Leicester Open Discussion Days, bankrolling them very discreetly.  They never missed Fraternity Retreats, and  even stayed in their campervan once at Maryvale in order to participate.

Family was at the heart of their faith and they were deeply affected by the premature death of one of their sons. In her widowhood Pauline, as a good lay, belonged to her parish Scripture Group, involved herself with ecumenical activity and was a guide at the Throckmorton House, Coughton Court, associated with recusancy and the Gunpowder Plot. Eventually she was unable to travel to Leicester, so was delighted over the past few months to rejoin the community by zoom.

Pauline not only studied and prayed but also acted (preached)  –  a true Lay Dominican right to the end.  May she rest in peace and join David in their eternal reward.

Janet & Patrick Doyle (Leicester)

London News

Admission in the London Fraternity

On 8th May, Alessandro was admitted to the London fraternity. We welcome him with joy!


Visit of the Master of the Order

Fr Gerard F. P. Timoner III, OP, the Master of the Dominican Order worldwide, is visiting the UK to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the arrival of the Dominican friars in England.

The Master will be visiting the Rosary Shrine at St. Dominic’s in London on 21-2 May. On Saturday 21 May at 7:30pm there will be a concert performed by the award-winning choir Cappella Nova, performing choral pieces written by Sir James MacMillan CBE, and on Sunday 22 May fr. Gerard will celebrate Mass at 12 noon. For more information visit the Rosary Shrine’s website.

The Master will also be visiting Blackfriars in Oxford on 24 May.

London News

Admissions in the London fraternity

On 10 April, there were three admissions to the London fraternity. The fraternity is delighted to welcome Augusta, Karoline, and Lynne.

Please keep them in your prayers.


Patricia Robinson (1922-2022)

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Patricia Robinson. Pat had been president of the Lay Dominicans of our Province and also European president.

Her funeral took place on Wednesday 23 March at St. Osmund’s in Salisbury. The provincial, fr Martin Ganeri OP, presided and the sermon was given by fr Richard Conrad OP, with a contribution from Margaret Grant (who is also a past lay president).

Events London News

Litany of the Dominican Saints for Peace

“Even now,” declares the Lord,  “return to me with all your heart,

    with fasting and weeping and mourning.…

sound the trumpet, declare a holy fast… gather the people”

Joel 2:12, 15

The Master of the Order has published a letter for Ash Wednesday, asking us to pray the Litany for Peace during Lent.

A group of Lay Dominicans will join together online to pray this Litany at 1pm on Fridays of Lent. If you are interested in taking part in this, please email Catherine Wallis-Hughes: to receive the Zoom link.


Pray for the People of Ukraine

“May the Queen of Peace preserve the world from the madness of war.”

Pope Francis

The Dominicans have a convent in Kiev with 7 religious, and five house of priests: Lvów (4 members), Czortków (3 members), Chmielnicki (2 members), Fastów (3 members) and Kharkiv (3 members).

Dominican nuns have homes in Iolkwa and Czortków, and the sisters of the Congregation of the Dominican Missionary Sisters of Jesus and Mary have homes in Fastów and Kyiv.

Everyone has decided to stand with the Ukrainian people.

Let’s also remember the Lay Dominicans, who gather in several fraternities in Ukraine.

Lukasz Wiśniewski OP, Provincial of the Polish Dominican

Please keep them, and all the people of Ukraine, in your prayers.


Word of Life on Radio Maria

On Monday 7 February Fr. Dominic White OP and Marystella Ramirez Guerra, a Lay Dominican, appeared on Radio Maria’s ‘Word of Life’ programme talking about their work with the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology, the Roman Catholic House of the Cambridge Theological Federation. Fr. Dominic, who is Director of Research, spoke about the formal degrees the Institute offers and Marystella focussed on the current lecture series ‘Women Who Changed the Church’.


Annual Mass for the Deceased of the Dominican Family

Every year, there is a Mass for the Deceased of the Dominican Family. This year’s Mass was on Saturday 13th November. Andy and Margaret Doyle, from the Newcastle Fraternity, who were on holiday in Rome, attended the Mass and remembered the deceased Lay Dominicans of our province.

The Mass is held at the church of S. Lorenzo in Rome and is attended by people from all the different branches of the Dominican family.

The main celebrant was the Master of the Order, fr. Gerard Timoner III OP.

After Mass, there is a procession to the mausoleum of the friars in the cemetery of Verano, next to the church, for the blessing of graves.

Events News

Music Workshop

Renowned Polish composer, Pawel Bebenek, will be returning to the Rosary Shrine once again to lead a day of music workshops, which will culminate in a Eucharistic Rosary Procession and Vigil of Readings for the eve of All Saints! The vigil is open to all the public, so do come along and invite your friends! For those interested in the music workshop day, please express your interest by emailing