Dominican Laity in Nigeria receives twenty Novices after about two decades

Dominican Laity in Nigeria receives twenty Novices after about two decades

A very quiet but quite historic and very significant event took place in St. Dominic's Priory, Yaba, Lagos, on April 2, 2016. It was the reception of twenty (20) men and women into the Novitiate of St Rose of Lima Lay Fraternity in Nigeria.

These began their journey into discerning their vocation as Lay Dominicans in July 2015, in response to a recruitment effort launched by the Provincial Promoter of the Dominican Family, Bro. Emmanuel Taiwo, OP in collaboration with the Prior and the Pastor of St. Dominic's Yaba, and the efforts of Mr Gaston Santos, OP and Mr. George Adesanya.

The formal reception into the Novitiate was preceded by a short retreat directed by the Promoter, after which he presided at the Eucharistic celebration. After the homily, the candidates were received into the Novitiate by Mr. Gaston Santos, OP, in the presence of the Promoter. At the reception, each novice was presented with a Dominican cross. The following day, the novices gathered for the election into new offices, which the Promoter had permitted them to occupy in acting capacities. With the election, St. Dominic's Priory now has an acting Lay Dominican Family Council to run the affairs of the budding novices under the guidance of Mr Gaston Santos and the Prior of St. Dominic's Priory.

Efforts are being intensified to re-establish contact with the old members of the fraternity. The Promoter asks for the prayers and moral support of everyone for the success of the general efforts of renewing Lay Dominican.


(27 April 2016)