The St. Thomas Aquinas Lay Dominican Chapter was founded in 2011 within the Southern Dominican Province. Based in Greenville, South Carolina, our members strive in community to live out the Dominican charism under the patronage of St. Thomas Aquinas.

The Christian faithful are called to fulfill their Baptismal and Confirmation promises to partake in the prophetic, priestly and royal mission of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Some of the Christian faithful, moved by the Holy Spirit, live according to the spirit and charism of St. Dominic and seek incorporation into the Dominican Order through a special commitment.  As members of the Order, they share in its apostolic mission through prayer, contemplation, study, community and apostolate.


Why the Lay way?

Dominican Laity live their Christian commitments and are strengthened by:

  •           Listening to the Word of God and reading Sacred Scripture,
  •           Frequent participation in the holy sacrifice of the Mass,
  •           Frequent reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation,
  •           Daily private prayer, including the Liturgy of the Hours and Rosary,
  •           Study of revealed truth and reflection on contemporary issues.

The 4 phases of the Lay transformation:

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  •           Inquiry – Those seeking to discern a lay Dominican vocation participate in meetings and study for at least one year.
  •           Candidacy – The second phase of initial formation is a period of at least one year of ongoing study.
  •           Temporary Professed – Made for three years where the candidate receives the Dominican Scapular.
  •           Final Professed – A member has completed a minimum of three years of temporary profession before making a promise for life.

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