**Hello all. I would be happy to answer some questions regarding the Dominicans as I belong to them. The names all mean the same thing and switch around but are interchangeable…Third Order Dominicans, Lay Dominican, tertiary, member of the Lay Fraternities of St Dominic.
The country is broken into regions ( but the order is worldwide), and then the regions into chapters. Your state determines your region. Then the chapter would be the location closest to your home. Some people are lucky enough to be a few minutes away from their meeting location but some can be an hour or more. This is any third order. Anyhow, Dominicans have meetings only once a month which is good because the time commitment isn’t to taxing. Go to www.3op.org and you should find a location near to you there.
Most importantly, figuring what’s best for you. There are many orders, all wonderful, not one better then the other.People choose an order not based on a favorite saint, or what you believe is the “superior” order, but what the point of the order is. It is not a club or a group but a vocation…a job, a vow.Dominicans were started from St Dominic 800 years ago because he felt the world needed preaching and teaching of our faith outside the church. Just learning in the church wasn’t enough, the priest didnt have enough time. It is people who live a secular life… married, fathers, mothers, working who live on the outside and can evangelize to other people. If you love learning about church history, the laws, all about Christ, the catechism, converting people, convincing people to come back to the Catholic faith who left and defending it, being informed in a way that if people attack the church or Christ you will have the knowledge to set them straight immediately. If this sounds like you, this is your place. Our motto is latin , it is VERITAS. That means truth. Plain and simple, you represent truth, knowledge, light, the correct path to Christ and His church.
3 -6 months of going to meetings and inquiring
6 months of postulancy
At that 1 year mark received into the order as a novice, official member
In another year make a promise to live the Rule and continue education, lasts 3 years
After 3 years, you should be at the 5 year mark, you make your final profession or final vows, lifelong, cant get out of the order unless emergency or something.Like I said, not a club or group, a vow and promise to God, Jesus, St Dominic our founding father and St Catherine of Siena our patroness
When recieved as a novice you take a religious name such as Sister…
or Brother…People usually pick two special saints as a first and middle name. I am Sister Faustina Pio( this is my religious name)
legally can use the initials O.P after your name meaning Order of Preachers.
Have the right to choose to be buried in a Dominican habit, like a nun or men like priests
Study what ever you can get your hands on about our faith in order to preach, teach and defend it
Pray always, personal but also the liturgy of the hours( Divine Office, Breviary) must be prayed every morning and evening
Daily rosary, after all Mary revealed the rosary to St Dominic
be involved with other Dominicans through meetings and retreats, because they are literally your family pray for dominicans worldwide as well as deceased Dominicans, they are all praying for you
Work in ways to help the down trodden, clothes for the poor, soup kitchens, prison ministry, comfort the sick, etc…
St Catherine of Siena
St Martin de Porres
Pope Pius V ( made the catechism of the council of trent, also the reason why priests wear white. Dominican habit is white so he wore his and it stuck through history.)
St Thomas Aquinas
Blessed Pierre Frassati
Blessed Margaret Castello
So many Im out of room…
I hope this helps you. I’ll answer any other questions:)