A meeting of representatives of the Lay Dominican Fraternities from the Provinces of Europe with their Promoters and guests has been held every three years since 1989. The first of these meetings was the Assembly held in Toulouse, France, followed by Budapest , Hungary in 1992, Kanie, Poland in 1995, the fourth in Vienna, Austria in 1998, the fifth in Fognano, Italy in 2001 and the sixth in Walberberg, Germany in 2004. These Assemblies were organized by volunteers in collaboration with the Brethren until after the Vienna meeting.
The object of these Assemblies is to encourage Lay Dominicans to carry out their vocation as a significant part of the Order of Preachers.
At the Vienna Assembly it was decided that there should be a European Council for Lay Dominican Fraternities and a Council was democratically elected. One of the tasks of this Council was to prepare the Statutes which were presented and promulgated at the meeting in Fognano.
In accordance with these Statutes, a new Council was elected from the participants before the close of the Walberberg Assembly. One of their duties is the organization of the next Assembly.
Patricia Robinson (UK) represents Europe on the Internationl Council till August 2006, when her mandate will be over. Patricia Kelly (Ireland) will be on the International Council from then. She was elected during the Walberberg Assembly.
The new European Council – elected during the Walberberg Assembly – consists of the following five members. They distribute duties among themselves during their first meeting that will be held in October 2004 in Bratislava.
Tomáš Machula (Czech) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Chantal Solingy (France) – email@example.com
Robert Kopfmüller-Knabe (Germany) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Eva Kameniarova (Slovakia) – email@example.com
Nikolett Muranyi (Hungary) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Patricia Robinson (UK) – co-opted member: represents Europe on the Internationl Council. PRobin1002@aol.com
and Fr. Jerry Stookey OP – Laici@curia.op.org – supports our work.