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Monday, June 21, 2021

By Br Thomas-Thérèse Mannion, O.P | In the latest episode of his podcast, Light from Light, Br. Thomas asks Dr. Marystella about what a Lay Dominican is, what led her to consider becoming a Lay Dominican, what the discernment process looks like for Lay Dominicans in the modern age, and asks for some tips for discerning vocation.

Did you know you can be a Dominican and have a spouse and children working in the world? 



The Lay Dominicans are not Priests, or Nuns, or Religious Sisters, or Friars. Doctor of the Church St. Catherine of Siena is often thought to be a religious sister because of how she is depicted in art, however she is in fact a Lay Dominican. 

In this latest episode of the Light from Light podcast Br. Thomas Therese, OP speaks to Dr. Marystella Ramirez Guerra who is in discernment with the Oxford Lay Dominicans. Br. Thomas asks Dr. Marystella about what a Lay Dominican is, what led her to consider becoming a Lay Dominican, what the discernment process looks like for Lay Dominicans in the modern age, and asks for some tips for discerning vocation.

There is a slight correction to the podcast – Lay Dominicans do not make vows but promises.

Check out the Podcast here:

The Light From Light podcast is was began in January 2021 by Br. Thomas Therese, OP and Daniel Ferguson, the Catechetical Coordinator for Ealing Abbey.

Br Thomas Thérèse Mannion O.P.

Br Thomas Thérèse Mannion O.P.

Br Thomas Thérèse is a student brother in simple vows, born on the Wirral. He felt called to the priesthood at an early age. Before joining the Order, he was employed in the Archdiocese of Westminster as a Catechetical and Youth Coordinator. Whilst studying Theology at Heythrop College, University of London, he stumbled across the Dominican Sisters of Mary Mother of the Eucharist which lead him to discover the Friars of the English Province on YouTube. He entered the noviciate in 2016. He enjoys Ice Skating, History of the Papacy and the writings of St. Thérèse of Lisieux. | thomas.mannion@english.op.org

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