Order of Preachers (Dominicans)

Ordre des Frères Prêcheurs (Dominicains)
Fratri Predicatori (Domenicani)
Ordo Fratrum Praedicatorum (OP)

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1215 Toulouse France


1215, Toulouse (France), by St Dominic, as Catholic religious order of mendicant friars; approved in 1216. Also known as Order of Friars Preachers or Black Friars. The Order follows the rule of St Augustine. As a mendicant order, members take the vow of poverty and depend for their maintenance on Christian charity. Their life is austere, characterized by abstinence, fasting, silence, life in community and divine office in choir.


Provide primary, secondary or domestic education; work through preaching and inner missions; promote press and publications.


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The order, as a rule, comprises: the First Order of fathers and lay brothers, the Second Order of contemplative nuns, and the Third Order composed of a conventual third order and lay tertiaries. R-XR4565 - Third Order Secular of St Dominic (TOSD), also known as Dominican Laity, was set up in 1285, as an associated Catholic lay order of men and women, deriving from the Dominican Order of the Militia Christi. The Third Order Conventual of St Dominic evolved from this as a separate branch. R-XR3424 - Dominican Sisters, founded 1206, Prouille (France), comprises numerous communities of Catholic women, one group including R-XR8945 - Dominican Nuns of the Second Order of Perpetual Adoration, the above mentioned second order of strictly cloistered, contemplative nuns, the other R-XR8818 - Sisters of the Third Order of St Dominic, the conventual third order involved in active apostolate. Dominicans for Justice and Peace, set up 1998, is permanent office at the United Nations in Geneva (Switzerland).

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