The Dominican Brother

Some men join the Order without feeling called to the ministerial priesthood.

These brothers continue to live their Dominican vocation in the service of the Order and the church.

They are often called co-operator brothers, but traditionally they have been known as lay brothers.

Down through the years the Irish province has been blessed by the presence of co-operator brothers in our communities – most especially by their presence, witness, commitment and faithfulness to the Order and the people they serve.

The co-operator brothers in the Irish province give an essential and powerful witness to all of us Dominicans to be preachers of the Gospel in so many varied ways.

They are one of the great sources of strength and inspiration for our province – and their vocation is highly valued and esteemed.
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