Introducing the New Website of the Lay Dominican Fraternities
Monday, November 14, 2016

Introducing the New Website of the Lay Dominican FraternitiesThe International Council of Dominican Lay Fraternities (ICLDF) has launched her own website: Fraternities OP

The new website is going to be a central hub of news and information about the Lay Fraternities in different part of the world. According to fr Rui Carlos Lopes, the General Promoter for the Laity, it will also be a database for all information and documents relating to the Lay Fraternities in the Order. Read More...

St. Martin de Porres, Donatus

As some readers know, I am currently on research leave (commonly. but incorrectly. called “sabbatical”) from my teaching at the Dominican School of Philosophy in Berkeley.  The project I have been working on will, I hope, result in a history of the non-ordained Dominican brothers.  Today these brothers are normally called “cooperator brothers,” but in the past they were referred to as “lay brothers” (in contrast to priest brothers, who are “clerics”) or, most commonly in written documents, conversi (singular conversus), a word hard to translate into English, but basically meaning an individual who has undertaken a “conversion” of life to live like a religious, often within the context of a monastery. In our order, however, conversi (lay brothers) made solemn vows and were not mere affiliates of the order, but brothers in the same sense that the clerics are and were. One of the surprises for me during this research  was to discover that there is no contemporary evidence whatsoever that the great Dominican saint Martin de Porres (1579–1639) was ever a lay or cooperator brother.  Read more…

AND BY:  Order of Preachers    ON: 30 August 2016

Dominican 800th Jubilee Video is Live!

We’ve got something special for you: our official 800th Jubilee kickoff video!  Curious what the jubilee is all about? What inspired St. Dominic to preach? Which Pope approved the Order? Answers to those questions, and other fun facts, are in this fantastic three minute video above.

Help us celebrate our 800th birthday and share this email with your friends and family!

Know that you are in our prayers,
Dominican Friars
Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus

P.S. Did you know? The 800th Jubilee runs over a year – November 7, 2015 through January 21, 2017. Now that’s a party!

Plenary Indulgence for the Dominican Jubilee

We are pleased to inform you that His Holiness Pope Francis has granted the possibility of receiving the plenary indulgence to all the faithful participating in the Jubilee celebrations that will take place both internationally and in each province and to all those who will participate in a pilgrimage to the churches and chapels of the Dominican family. The terms and conditions to receive the indulgence are described in the document sent by the Apostolic Penitentiary. Click here for more information.

New Perspectives on Early Lay Dominicans: Our Changing Understanding of the Black Penitents and Dominican Third Order in the Middle Ages

On November 17, 2015, Fr. Augustine Thompson, O.P., – Professor of History at DSPT in Berkeley – will explain our evolving understanding of early lay Dominicans. Fr. Augustine has written extensively on the religious life of lay people in Medieval Italy and is the author of the best-selling “Francis of Assisi: A New Biography.” Click here for more information.

St. Dominic & the Hounds of God

Regina Magazine on April 6, 2015 highlighted an article called “St. Dominic & the Hounds of God”. Click here to read it.

The Pope announces an Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy

On March 13, 2015, in St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis declared the celebration of an extraordinary Holy year.The Jubilee announcement was made during the homily of the penitential celebration with which he opened the “24 Hours for the Lord” initiative. This “Jubilee of Mercy” will commence with the opening of the Holy Door in the Vatican Basilica on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, 8 December, and will conclude on November 20, 2016 with the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.

Master of the Order Letter

Letter from the Master of the Order on the Anniversary of the Confirmation of the Order
English | Spanish | French