This video clip, from an American Fraternity, gives a pretty good idea of why people become Lay Dominicans.
Can you imagine yourself among us? We warmly welcome enquiries from adult, practising Catholics who are interested in knowing more about the Lay Dominican vocation.
We meet at Blackfriars, Buckingham Road, Cambridge CB3 0DD
at 10:30 on the first Saturday
of most months.
We enjoy study sessions
and lively discussion,
with Mass at midday followed by
a convivial bring-and-share lunch.
We close with Evening Prayer,
finishing by 4.30.
We have a Day of Recollection
every June and the opportunity to go to national Dominican conferences.
In May, we join the Order’s national pilgrimage to Walsingham.
'To contemplate and to pass on to others the fruits of that contemplation'
Lay Dominicans pray some part of the Divine Office every day, especially Morning and Evening Prayer. We go to Mass as often as possible. We treasure the Rosary which, a long tradition says, was given by Our Lady herself to Saint Dominic Guzman, our Holy Founder.
Our Order’s motto is VERITAS - TRUTH. In search of Truth, we study.
Our Order's mission is the preaching of Catholic Truth which means we need to know our faith in depth. We follow the lead of our brother, Saint Thomas Aquinas, in studying Holy Scripture and theology, and 'reading the signs of the times'.
Our mission is to bring others to the knowledge of God's love through the Good News of Jesus Christ.
We Lay Dominicans can often go where Dominican Friars, Nuns and Sisters cannot. In our parishes, at work and among family and friends we try, as part of the Mission of the Order of Preachers, to bring Christ to those around us in our daily lives. Our vocation is to equip ourselves to be able to give a faith-filled, rational, Catholic answer to all who ask the reason for our faith and our hope.
What we do
Who we are
We are lay Catholics who are committed members of the worldwide Dominican Family, the Order of Preachers, alongside the Friars, contemplative Dominican Nuns, apostolic Dominican Sisters and the vowed lay individuals of the Dominican Secular Institute.
If you want to be better able to help yourself AND OTHERS to come to - or hold fast to - Catholic Christianity in challenging times; to strengthen your grasp of Catholic Truth; to explore the Catholic Church’s intellectual riches with a companionable community and to deepen your prayer life, you may have a Dominican vocation.
If you’d like to know more, please do contact us.