My dear brothers and sisters,
At the time when you are holding your assembly, I am happy to send you through the good offices of Br. David Kammler my most brotherly greetings and I assure you of my communion in the action of grace and prayer, asking God to give you the strength and joy of the Holy Spirit, inspiring the directions you will take together for the life and mission of the Lay Dominican Fraternities in Europe.
Since the beginning of my mandate, I have already had the opportunity to visit several regions of the Order. On every visit, I have had the joy of meeting the lay Fraternities in one way or another, and I rejoice at the vitality with which they take part in the mission of the Order. Today, perhaps more than ever, at the heart of the great movement launched by the Second Vatican Council in calling the laity to full participation in the life of the Church, the way in which the Dominican Fraternities fulfil our evangelical, apostolic vocation is called to play an important role in the service the Church expects of us. Men and women of the Word, tirelessly listened to, prayed and studied, you offer our contemporaries this possibility of entering into dialogue with the Lord of all things, and of knowing the joy of being personally chosen by Jesus as his friends. Men and women of fraternity and of communion, you testify to the hope that brings the gift of mercy and of communion. Fully inserted in the world, through your family and professional lives as well as with your apostolic commitments, by your friendship for the world today you make manifest the hope that brings into the world the proclamation of the friendship of God, with those with whom you share the confidence in the ability of humanity to build up the world for everyone. Men and women of prayer, at the heart of contemplation you let your intercession gush forth for all those men and women whose existence you share, to whom you bring hope.
The Word, the fraternity of communion, friendship and intercession: these characteristics of Dominic’s intuition are the common heritage of the Order, the milestones on the road on which we want to be sentinels of the Truth that comes and speaks to humanity in general and to each one of us: Jesus, our Lord. Taking on these features as lay members of the Order, with the creativity to which the mutability of the modern world constantly invites us, you are actors in the mission of evangelisation. This mission whose urgency, today, the Church stresses, most particularly in Europe. My wish for your assembly is that it be for you, and for the whole Order, the opportunity to consolidate this mission still further. By the intercession of St Dominic, may God bless you and give you the fullness of the joy and the freedom of the Spirit.
I assure you of my prayer, of my gratitude for your service to the mission of the Order and of my fraternal friendship.
Br. Bruno Cadorné, o.p.
Maser of the Order of Preachers