2 The Visitation of Our Lady Dominican Laity (Third Order) OVERVIEW. The religious of the Dominican Order-priests, brothers, deacons, nuns, and sisters-live in community and pray in common. Because they belonged to the Third Order, members were often called Tertiaries. They have also been known through history as Third Order Dominicans and Dominican Tertiaries. Although Dominic did not personally establish the third order (the Dominican Laity), he indirectly influenced its founding by his spiritual counseling of many laypeople moved by his preaching. The spiritual formation that I craved for for years was quenched when I discovered that “lay religious” existed in the Catholic Church. The Dominican Third Order. On June 9th, I was welcomed into the Third Order of St. Dominic as a Lay Dominican. In general, Third Orders, Tertiaries, and lay associates are lay people who are in spiritual union with a formal religious order. Against this background and drawing from this inspiration, the Third Order “new style” ought formally to be seen as an apostolic lay movement. Dominicans . Third Orders are comprised of lay men and women who are formally associated with a religious order such as the Benedictines, Augustinians, Carmelites, Dominicans, Franciscans, Mercedarians, Norbertines, Servites, Marists, and Trinitarians and who may or may not live in community (Third Order Regular versus Third Order Secular). Lay Dominicans are fully incorporated into the Order of Preachers, and have been in existence since 1285. This numbered ordering fell into disuse because for some, it seemed to indicate a “ranking” which was not accurately expressive of the Dominican Family. I always knew that religious orders like the Franciscans, Benedictines and Dominicans were alive and well,… Catherine of Racconigi (d. 1574), mystic and sister of the Third Order; Columba of Rieti (d. 1501), mystic and sister of the Third Order; Humbert of Romans (d. 1263), fifth Master of the Order of Preachers; Alanus de Rupe (d. 1475), theologian; Sadok and 48 Dominican martyrs from Sandomierz (d. 1260), killed by the Golden Horde The following reflection is part of an ongoing series about the life of St. Dominic & the Order of Friars Preachers. (all Dominicans) on May 20, 1906, a third on May 2, 1909 (Both by Pope Pius X) and the last (Including two Spanish Bishops) on april 29, 1951 (Pope Pius XII) Books on the Dominican Saints Dominican Contemplatives (1915) July . Here is a list of some of the more well-known Third Orders and lay associates: Benedictine oblates (link to the Order … an article published in Encyclopedia of American Catholic History commissioned by Michael Glazier and the The Liturgical Press, Collegeville, MN. by Nona McGreal, OP (Sinsinawa) for Project O.P.U.S. Their home is a priory (priests, brothers, deacons), a monastery (nuns), or a convent (sisters). After the plague of 1348, a great deal of laxity and disorganization crept into the Third Order, but a wonderful throng of saints soon caused its rejuvenation. The order of Preachers, known as the Dominicans, include among its members lay people who follow Dominican spirituality while living in the world. Now, the most common terms are “Lay Dominicans,” or members of the “Lay Fraternities of St. Dominic.” 1 Feast of the Precious Blood of Our Redeemer. See endnote on this page for more explanations. 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