Lay Fraternities

From the beginning of the Order different groups of lay people worked as associates with the friars and nuns. This association grew into what we now call the Dominican Laity. Lay Dominicans are a worldwide confraternity of the men and women of the Catholic Church who belong spiritually and canonically to the Order of Preachers. Like all Catholics, they aim to show the love of Christ to others, to help others to follow Christ, and to follow Jesus Christ more closely like all the Dominicans. They are called to preach in the secular world, in the families, in the marketplace, or wherever they work.

They make promises to follow the Rule and Statutes of the Dominican Laity, which include meeting on a regular basis, studying, and praying the Liturgy of the Hours. They engage in active ministries such as: service to the poor, teaching, writing, and spiritual counseling. They endeavor to live lives of simplicity and generosity. Different Dominican lay groups are working in Pakistan and they are called the companions in preaching the Gospel.


The first known Dominican arrived in the Indian sub-continental in 1291, just 70 years after the death of St. Dominic. By the 17th century the Dominican Congregation of India, based in the Portuguese settlement at Goa, numbered about 350 brothers, but died out in the 19th century.

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