I don’t know how many fellow Canuckleheads are on these forums, particularly from my neck of the woods, but I thought I’d ask my question anyway.
And if you’ve got an answer, but aren’t from here, feel free to comment anyway–I need all the advice I can get.
So here’s the deal. Ever since reading St. Louis de Montfort’s “Secret of the Rosary” I’ve developed a strong devotion to St. Dominic and feel a call to serve God as a Lay Dominican. I’m a convert from Pentecostalism, and researching the Dominicans for the past few years, it seems the Order of Preachers ties neatly together various disparate threads of my spirituality, experiences, and perceived call to ministry in a way that I’d never experienced in the 6 years of my conversion to date.
So obviously, I’m taking that as a sign.
My problem is, there aren’t any Dominicans in my diocese (Hamilton). The closest ones are in Toronto, which is bearable since it’s only an hour down the road in good traffic. The largest chapter of Lay Dominicans happens to be just a little closer, too.
So I got in touch with a Dominican priest and my wife and I and a fellow convert-friend with similar leanings went to visit him and learn more. Unfortunately, he ended up seeming incredibly liberal (in the sense that he apparently found difficulty defining “evangelisation” and determining whether it necessarily meant leading people to faith in Christ, despite Dominus Iesus’ clear teaching). So, I’m a bit taken aback and somewhat frustrated.
I was hoping that maybe someone here might know more than this friar did about the Lay Dominicans–particularly in Toronto–to know whether as a whole they’re more orthodox and evangelistic in their focus, and whether this friar was an anomaly.
After all, Fr. Vincent Serpa, the Catholic Answers Chaplain, is a Dominican, and someone whom I greatly admire, so I figure there’s gotta be a glitch, or perhaps some miscommunication somewhere.
If anyone knows, or can give me some advice in how I should proceed–or if Fr. Vincent happens to read this and can comment–I’d greatly appreciate it, as well as your prayers as I pursue this aspect of my vocation.