Office for Marriage & Family Evangelization & Discipleship
100 East Eighth St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Dan Thimons, Director
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What is a Domestic Church?
The term “Domestic Church” refers to the family, the smallest body of gathered believers in Christ. Though recovered only recently, the term dates all the way back to the first century AD. The Greek word ecclesiola referred to “little church.” Our Early Church Fathers understood that the home was fertile ground for discipleship, sanctification, and holiness.
The Four Levels of Church
In reality, we can speak of four distinct levels of Church. There is the Universal Church led by the bishop of Rome and all bishops in union with him. There is the local diocesan church. Led by its local bishop, it is uniquely positioned to guide us on how best to implement our faith in our own time and culture. There is the local parish church, from which we receive most of our religious instruction and the sacraments. Finally, there is this fourth layer of Church. The Domestic Church plays a key role in our sanctification because it is the primary place where we practice coming to intimately love other persons.
The emphasis that our recent popes and bishops have placed on the family speaks to the profound dignity and importance of the work of all laypeople! Furthermore, taking the time to explore the meaning and the theology of the Domestic Church will only continue to energize you and expand your passion for the unique role that God has in mind for your life and the life of your family members.
Learn About the Four Tasks of the Family
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