Imaging the Order of Preachers in the World

Dominican Supplies and Books

The Dominicus Shop is a not-for-much profit service to members of the Order of Preachers. We provide crosses, pins, books, and apparel to help foster the image of the Order for the world.

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The mission of the Order of Preachers is to preach the Gospel to the world. As former Master of the Order, Damian Bryne once wrote, "To be a Dominican is to be a preacher."

Dominicans are called to preach in whatever manner available, from formal homilies to telling stories to children. The work that Dominicans do, such as in social justice and peace, embodies the bringing of the message of the Gospel to life in today's world. Preaching is the supreme act of faith and faith makes a home for the Incarnation.

Why Make Ourselves, as Dominicans, Visible to the World?

   Remember the old adage: “they will know we are Christians by our love” (inspired byJohn 13:35)? That advice was good in the day of love and hate but today, as in our past, those lines are blurred.

Saint Dominic wore a habit, the visible and traditional sign of a religious person. All of his brethren, along with the apostolic sisters and cloistered nuns who aligned themselves with his Order also wore habits.

We members of the Lay branch of the Order of Preachers are not considered religious in the canonical sense so we do not wear such garb.

   But who are we?

   All members of the Order of Preachers receive their direction from the General Chapters, the democratic gathering of Dominicans every four years. The General Chapter of Tallaght, in 1971 stated emphatically:

“The doctrinal mission of the Order of Preachers can no longer be adequately accomplished without the participation and active assistance of lay people, a laity who are concerned with present-day problems, questions of science, united in the spirit of the Order.”

   This, then. is who we are: an indispensable branch of the near 800-year old Order of Preachers.

   What this means is that we do not belong to a parish club, we are not merely a bible study group, though we look to scripture as our essence. We do not gather merely to hear the tidings of the past, or feather ourselves with writings and history. We are called to be as active as any friar, any sister, any nun in any cloister. We are called even more so to represent the Order of Preachers in the workplace, the marketplace, schools, civic organizations, and in the affairs of state. And do not think of the misrepresented “separation of Church and state” as an obstacle. The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church clearly says: “The Second Vatican Council sees the separation of Christian faith from daily life (Church—state) as one of the most serious errors of our day” (SDC, 554). Besides, Thomas Jefferson made his intention clear in a letter to the Dansbury Baptist Association dated 1 January, 1802: “Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between Church & State.”

   We are free, as Americans, to exercise our religion – its principles as well as its rituals, anywhere we wish, without government interference.

   We are called to carry our Christian faith, in the form of our membership in the Order of Preachers, into the world.

   The Lay Directories tell us that we do this by our “way of life.”

   But what does that mean?

   We live according to Christian principles because we study, assiduously, and learn what those principles are. We form our lives first, as Christians, then as Catholics, then as Dominicans, all in one moment of truth.

Thus, aside from living Christian principles, we need to step outside our comfort zones and take on a lay “habit” that identifies us as members of the Order of Preachers. This “habit” is, at first, our profession cross. We want people to see some visible sign of our membership, some tangible evidence of our way of life, so that they may ask, they may know, they may even scorn to put us to the test, but that we stand apart from the dehumanizing secular world as a champion of truth. Considering the hostility of our secular society, a bit of scorn might help us to better relate to the martyrs who gave their lives for Christ.

   Wear something that tells people who you are, carry something, be something.

   This is what the General Chapter of Tallaght asks of us.

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