REDISCOVERING THE PRIESTS OF ST. DOMINIC
In the letter of Damian Byrne to the Dominican Family on the subject of collaboration, he made a bold declaration by identifying the Order as fundamentally familial from the beginning: “The Dominican order was born a family.” Indeed, centuries of Dominican history and tradition indicate three distinct branches of First, Second, and Third Orders. However, though the idea of a family, which is made up of men and women, as well as of clerics and laity, can be construed as present from the beginning, the Tertiaries gained official status only years after the death of St. Dominic. This was through the Rule crafted by the sixth successor of the founder of the Order.
The Dominican diocesan priest lives a life consecrated to God not only by his baptism and ordination to the priesthood, but also by sharing in the spirit and mission of the Order of Preachers. He remains under the jurisdiction of his Ordinary, but takes up a new relationship with the Order and with his brother priests in the fraternity. He becomes a true member of the Dominican Family after he makes his solemn promise to live according to the Rule of the Priestly Fraternities of St. Dominic until death. He receives grace through his profession to live a life that is guided by the Dominican spirit of contemplation, disciplined by theological study and prayer, and combined with apostolic zeal to preach the Good News.
How to Join?Contact the Provincial Promoter of the Dominican Priestly Fraternities of the nearest province of the friars. In the absence of a Provincial Promoter, inquiries can be made directly to the Prior Provincial, whose contact information can be found on the respective websites of each Province. For a list of the Provinces of the Order of Preachers in the world, go to: www.op.org/en/locationswww.op.org/en/content/dominican-priestly-fraternities-world You may also contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Normally, the priest begins a period of formation for about one year, at the end of which he makes his solemn promise to live according to the Rule of the Priestly Fraternities of St. Dominic for the rest of his life. Thus he acquires full membership in the fraternity, and is incorporated into the Dominican Family. There are currently 275 members of the Dominican priestly fraternities distributed in 18 local fraternities in 16 provinces: Spain, Toulouse (France), France, St. Dominic (Italy), St. Catherine of Siena (Italy), St. Thomas Aquinas (Italy), England, Bohemia, St. Joseph (USA), St. Albert the Great (USA), the Philippines, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Australia), St. James (Mexico), St. Augustine (Argentina), Portugal (Angola) and St. Vincent Ferrer (Central America).
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