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Who are Lay Catholics?
Lay persons are those members of the Church not ordained or consecrated to some form of religious life. Lumen Gentium (no. 31) defines the Laity as "all the faithful except those in Holy Orders and those who belong to a religious state approved by the Church." We are the laity: whether single or married, with or without children, living with our families, in our own homes and communities, and in the secular world. We make up a large portion of the Holy Catholic Church, as opposed to the common notion that the Church is only made up of the clergy up to the Pope.
Who are Lay Dominicans?
They are lay men and women of the Church, whether single or married, living in the secular world, and are continuously being formed according to the Dominican way of life. They are full members of the Dominican Family.
Lay Dominicans can trace their history as early as the thirteenth century, receiving their first Rule in 1285. They are formerly called the Third Order of St. Dominic, Third Order Secular, Dominican Tertiaries, and Order of Penance of St. Dominic. The Dominican Order's General Chapter of 1974 confirmed the abandonment of these terms. Those belonging to the Third Order Secular are now properly referred to as Lay Dominicans.
Lay Dominicans in the Philippines
Lay Dominicans in the Philippines belong to either the Dominican Province of the Philippines or the Holy Rosary Province. Those belonging to the Philippine Province, like the YTP Lay Dominican Fraternity, are under authority of the Prior Provincial, Rev. Fr. Napoleon B. Sipalay Jr., OP; the Provincial Promoter of the Dominican Laity, Rev. Fr. Honorato C. Castigador, OP; and the Provincial Council of the Dominican Laity, headed by its president Dr. Belén L. Tangco, OP.
Learn More about our Vocation!
You can find out more about the Lay Dominican vocation by browsing this website! Here are a few pages to start at:
Young Thomasian Professionals Lay Dominican Group
Santisimo Rosario Parish, University of Santo Tomas
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