The Lay Fraternities of Saint Dominic, also known as tertiaries or Third Order of St. Dominic, are men and women bringing the Word of God and the message of salvation to everyday events of modern life.
The Order of Preachers, commonly known as the DOMINICANS, was founded in Southern France in 1216 by St. Dominic de Guzman. The Order is dedicated to the proclamation of the Word of God for the salvation of souls. Our Dominican Family includes: FRIARS serving parishes, universities and missions throughout the world; CONTEMPLATIVE NUNS in cloistered monasteries living a life of intercessory prayer and adoration; and LAITY, men and women bearing witness to the TRUTH of Christ’s message of salvation in the world.
The Lay Fraternities of St. Dominic are men and women – single or married, in every occupation and interest, sharing a common bond of faith and a desire to manifest Christ’s love in the world today. The Lay Fraternities of St. Dominic are members of local “Chapters” that meet for prayer and study, sharing events and issues relevant to the Church in contemporary society. We discuss and support our call to “proclaim the truth” in a secular society. Members can be found in every aspect of Parish life, such as religious education, Minister of the Word, Minister of the Eucharist and leaders in Lay Ministry…as people of prayer, we are messengers of Truth; …as a community of believers, we support each other as followers of Christ; …as people who study the Word of God, we reflect Christ’s presence in a world devoid of values; …as a people of charity, we work toward peace and justice for the oppressed.
Our CHAPTERS meet in various Churches and colleges. There are more than 50 Chapters in the Province of St. Joseph, which encompasses the Northeastern U.S., from Maine to Virginia.
ALL DOMINICANS share a life of prayer, study, community and apostolate, have a particular devotion to Our Lady, especially her Rosary and actively participate in the Sacramental Life of the Church.
Our Lady of Hope Chapter of the Lay Fraternities of St. Dominic meets on the 2nd Sunday of each month after the 11:30 Mass in the First Floor Classroom of the Parish Center.
For additional information, please contact Maria Gervasio 631-395-9520 or Kathy Gillen at (631)281-8778