Lay Dominicans

The Dominican Order (Order of Preachers) was founded by St. Dominic Guzman, and on December 22, 1216, Pope Honorius III confirmed the Order as an Order of Canons Regular. The Dominican family constitutes a world-wide community of men and women who participate in the spirit, practices, and works of the Order. The Lay Dominicans is a branch of the Order open to lay Catholics active in their faith that wish to deepen their spiritual lives under the guidance of the Dominican family.

Being a Lay Dominican involves study and training with the assistance of the local Chapter and a Dominican religious assistant. Those who profess to the Order, commit to living out their daily lives under the Order’s charisms of prayer, study, apostolic works, and community life. Monthly meetings provide an opportunity to be challenged by 800 years of Dominican spirituality as well as sharing and enjoying each other’s company.

The St. Catherine of Siena Chapter of the Lay Dominicans has been a full member of the Western Dominican Province since July 8, 1995, with our first professions on August 8, 1995 (Feast of St. Dominic). A formation program for inquirers takes place yearly. Lay Dominicans include men and women over the age of 18, who are married, single, widowed, or divorced.

Our Chapter holds monthly meetings and other events to carry out this ongoing formation.

For information about our Lay Dominican Chapter, please contact Danny Schoenfeld (Formation Director) [email protected] or Paul H. White (Moderator) [email protected]. You can “like” us on Facebook ( or contact us at [email protected].

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