Two New Lay Dominicans in Belfast

Newest chapter of Lay Dominicans doubles in size
Pier Giorgio Frassati chapter of Lay Dominicans, Belfast


Two new members joined the new Lay Dominican Chapter in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on 8th May last.

Ms Karen Gilloway and Ms Sorcha Nic Bhloscaidh (pictured) were received at a special event in the Catholic chaplaincy at Queen's University, Belfast.

The chapter of Lay Dominicans which they joined is just eighteen months old and is under the patronage of Dominican Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati.

It is the youngest chapter of Lay Dominicans on the island of Ireland.

Karen and Sorcha are both teachers and were received into the chapter during the celebration of the Eucharist at the Catholic chaplaincy in Elmwood Avenue, Belfast.

They have spent the past number of months in preparation and have undergone a formation programme prior to being received.

They join the founding members, Mr Francis McCaughan and Ms Lisa Hanna, in the new chapter which has as its mission the reflection on Dominican and church documents and the regular prayer life of other such lay Dominican chapters around the world.

The chapter has already run a number of successful events to mark the Catholic Church's "Year of Faith".

The Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati chapter is indebted to the Catholic chaplaincy at Queen's University, Belfast, and the chaplain Fr Gary Toman for facilitating their presence and also for his tremendous support.

The spiritual promoter of the Frassati Lay Dominican chapter is the vocations director of the Irish Dominican Province of friars, Fr Gerard Dunne OP.

Lay Dominicans make a significant contribution by the witness of their lives as Dominicans and are a source of support to the local church. For more information on the lay Dominicans in Ireland visit their website: and for news of the Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati chapter in Belfast you can follow them on Facebook under "Lay Dominicans QUB chapter".

The picture above shows, left to right, Mr Francis McCaughan (president of the chapter), Ms Sorche NíicBhloscaidh, Fr Gerard Dunne OP (spiritual promoter), Ms Karen Gilloway, Ms Lisa Hanna (secretary of the chapter)

(May 9, 2013)