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Open House and Information Session for Lay Dominicans Set for September 19 in Sabattus

SABATTUS---Community members interested in learning more about Lay Dominicans or how to become one are invited to attend a gathering on Saturday, September 19, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Dominican Sisters’ residence on 61 Lisbon Road in Sabattus. Coffee and a light breakfast will be served.

Lay Dominicans are laymen and laywomen who serve God in the world as members of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) through the development of a spiritual life rooted in prayer, study, and community. The Order of Preachers is called to preach and defend the faith throughout the world and revitalize those of dormant faith and lax morality by sharing the life of Christ. The order was founded by St. Dominic in the early 13th century to combat the evils of the age by preaching God's truth.

Lay Dominicans attend monthly meetings with the community and follow the rule of St. Dominic by praying (Rosary, Liturgy of the Hours, daily Mass, prayers for deceased Dominicans, etc.); reading, studying, and contemplating Scripture and other spiritual works; fasting; confessing frequently; making yearly retreats; and observing other practices. Lay Dominicans follow the same principles as other Dominicans by studying and proclaiming the Gospel.

The Bl. Margaret of Castello Lay Dominican Fraternity was established in the Lewiston area in early 2005 by four lay members; Bro. Irénée Richard, OP; and one postulant. Bl. Margaret of Castello was chosen as patron of this fraternity because of her piety and devotion. She was born blind and infirm, yet spent her life in loving service to others as the first unmarried woman to become a Dominican Tertiary.

This chapter seeks to spread the Good News through group apostolates, youth ministry and teaching, Scripture Study, music and the arts, and as a significant presence to the destitute. In addition, the chapter writes and publishes Advent reflection booklets for free distribution to area parishioners.

For more information, contact Denise Mailhot, OP, at (207) 786-3380.