Lay Dominican Profession @ 800 years Jubilee celebration

Mr George Adesanya at his profession

On the 1st of May, 2016, the Dominican Family within the Province of St. Joseph the Worker, Nigeria & Ghana had an important ceremony as part of our Provincial celebration of the 800 years Jubilee of the Order of Preachers. The Lay Dominican Fraternities of Nigeria & Ghana had the Profession of one of their Novices, Mr George Adesanya at St. Dominic Catholic Church, Yaba Lagos.

The term 'Dominican Family' is sometimes extended in a very loose sense to refer to the many lay individuals and groups, often associated with parishes and chaplaincies in care of Dominicans. These identify themselves as ‘Dominicans’ and are sometimes called ‘Dominican Family’ since they actually receive from and contribute to our Dominican Spirituality. However, such people are not canonically (legally) part of the Dominican Order. Membership in the Order of Preachers involves some kind of formal commitment or the other to a vocation.

Lay Dominicans are canonically part of the Order of Preachers. Lay Dominican Vocation is a unique experience of formation in Dominican spirituality as a Lay Member of the Order. Like the other branches of the Dominican Family (friars, nuns and apostolic sisters, secular institutes, priestly fraternities), Lay Dominican Vocation involves certain years of spiritual formation and discernment process.

Unlike the Religious members of the Dominican Family (friars, nuns, sisters) who make Religious Profession and take vows of Obedience, Chastity and Poverty, Lay Dominicans only make Profession, as a public statement of Dominican identity and belonging. In making profession, Lay Dominicans are formally part of the Order of Preachers and participate in its preaching mission in accordance with the Rule of the Lay Fraternities of St Dominic. The profession is either Temporary (for those undergoing probation and basic formation) or Perpetual (for those who become full members).

Today there are about One Hundred and Sixty Thousand lay men and women worldwide who are professed members of the Dominican Family. They live out their commitment in their own homes. Some of them are single while others are married and raise families and pursue their own life dreams and occupations. However, they give a great priority to their membership in a Lay Dominican Fraternity and continue to receive formation in Dominican spirituality and on the Christian life. They are obliged by their profession to participate regularly in the meetings and activities of Lay Dominican communities (called Fraternities). They live daily according to the Dominican spirituality of community, study, prayer, and preaching wherever and in whatever circumstances they find themselves.

fr Oluyemi Taiwo, OP (Promoter of the Dominican Family)


(18 May 2016)