Dominican order was called order of preachers before the 15th century is a Roman Catholic religious order and it was founded by Saint Dominic in France. In 1215, Dominic and his six followers lived in a house that was given to them by the president of Toulouse. He and his six companions were in monastic rules of prayer and penance. Then they got permission from bishop Foulques to preach all around Toulouse. The order was approved by Pope Honorius III in 1216. There were nuns, active sisters, and lay or secular Dominicans in the order. Some other names used to call the order are black Friars, Jacobins, Dominic canes, and Hounds of the Lord. St. Dominic wanted the people to be trained to preach. When St. Dominic started the order, new order had to adopt the rules. St. Dominic adapted to the St. Augustine rule. The rule was about living together in peace and respect for other Christian life, leading people to God.
The Dominican order is made of Friars, Sisters, Nuns, and Laity. Friars are priests and brothers who vow for poverty, chastity, and obedience. Sisters are part of the Dominican order, Sisters pray the Liturgy of the Hours, study and also help in the community. Nuns vow to stay the same monastery all their lives. Laity have the duties of preaching mission. Many of them try to get degrees in liturgy and theology. This Dominican order today is very important because Preaching God’s words, teaching little kids and adults about the bible, and Leading people to heaven is a good thing to do.
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