Saints and Blesseds
Think you know the Lay Dominicans? Let us give you a very brief introduction (or perhaps a refresher) to a very small selection of our most beloved saints and blesseds:
Bl. Margaret of Castello (1287-1320)– Born blind with spinal deformities and dwarfism, adopted, experienced vivid visions especially during recitation of the Rosary, miracle-worker, joyful witness to the love of Christ
St. Catherine of Siena (1347-1380)– Patroness of Lay Dominicans, mystic visionary, influencer during the Avignon papacy, secret stigmatist, Doctor of the Church
St. Martin de Porres (1579-1639)– Mixed-race heritage from Peru, miracle-worker, friend to animals, pious and austere
St. Rose of Lima (1586- 1617)– First canonized Saint of the New World, mystic, austere (and sometimes severe) penitent, intercessor for the missions
St. Louis de Montfort (1673-1716)– Author of “True Devotion to Mary,” promoter of devotion to the Rosary, founder of The Missionaries of the Company of Mary and the Daughters of Wisdom
Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati (1901-1925)– The Man of Eight Beatitudes, athlete, member of St. Vincent de Paul and Catholic Action labor movement, died through acute polio contracted by charitable visits with the poor
Featured Member Profile
So what does the life of a Lay Dominican look like today? Meet a current member of the Province of St. Joseph!
Fraternity Number: #101
Stage of Formation: Life Professed
State of Life: Married
Profession: Small Business Owner
Religious Name: Michael
Why did you choose your religious name?: Because we have a duty to fight evil
Do you have a favorite Dominican Saint?: St. Peter of Verona, because he gave his life for the Faith.
What is the hardest part about being a Lay Dominican? Being a member of a community; there’s no isolation.
What is the most joyful or rewarding part about being a Lay Dominican? Being a member of a community; there’s no isolation!
Tell us about your personal apostolate. Specifically, how is preaching involved? Every interaction with the general public is an opportunity to instruct.