Dominican Spirituality


Dominican Spirituality: Principles and Practice by William Aquinas Hinnebusch, OP is an excellent resource for understanding Domincian spirituality. He lays out a basic understanding of the Dominican charisms, namely that Dominican life is contemplative, apostolic, liturgical, doctrinal, fraternal, and sacrificial.

Saint Dominic integrated “the assiduous study of divine truths” with monastic observances as the structure of the Order in addition to the solemn celebration of the Divine Office and the religious vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. Lay Dominicans live out the charisms of the Order by incorporating the Four Pillars into their regular life.

The 4 Dominican Pillars for the Lay Dominican

Prayer:  Mass, Liturgy of the Hours, Rosary, private prayer

Study:  Sacred Scripture, Lives of the Saints, Church documents, etc.

Community:  Living a sacramental life, monthly meetings, annual retreat

Apostolate:  Evangelization, catechesis, social justice

Dominican Mottos:


Contemplare et Contemplata Aliis Tradere
To contemplate and to hand on the fruit of contemplation

Laudare, Benedicere, Praedicare
To Praise, To Bless, To Preach

If this sounds like you, perhaps you are being called to the family of St. Dominic!

Additional resources on Dominican Spirituality:

Dominican Laity and the Year 2000 by Anthony Dao Quang Chinh, OP

Dominican Principles of Spirituality by Pie Regamey, O.P.


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