The European Council for Lay Dominican Fraternities has produced these Acts of the Fifth Assembly of the delegates of the Lay Dominican Fraternities of Europe. This was the first Assembly organized by an elected Council of Lay Dominicans, and as with so many other organizations, it proved to be a great challenge and beset with many difficulties.
The Council is to be congratulated on producing such a comprehensive document of the Assembly and deserves much appreciation of all the time and energy expended on this project. All fraternities would benefit obtaining copies of these Acts for their members
They are produced as a tool for study by Dominicans generally not just for the Archives. In this way all European Dominicans can observe what Lay Dominicans have done, are doing and what future plans could be made to improve the quality of our efforts in carrying out our vocation of preaching.
A few of the Provinces produced comments or answers to the questions that were sent out for study, those who did respond are to be congratulated.
The speakers were generous with their time and their presentations were admirable, some of them causing great discussions and mixed reactions. These Acts are one way in which these talks and discussions can reach all Lay Dominicans and not just those who were delegates to the Assembly.
In spite of the workload which was inevitable in the preparation this document and the various translations required, it has been produced in the minimum of time thanks to the efforts of our Council. If there are any errors in the text I am sure that you will overlook them.
ECLDF President 1998-2001