The Dominicans are a religious Order, The Order of Preachers (OP = Ordo Praedicatorum), within the Roman Catholic Church, gathered as a worldwide Family of Preachers by the special mission of our founder Saint Dominic (+1221). Our common vocation is lived out in a variety of states of life: friars, cloistered nuns, apostolic sisters and many different groups of lay people. In the spirit and charism of Saint Dominic we share his apostolic mission by study, prayer, community and preaching, in ways that are in keeping with our state as members of the laity.
Lay men and women were already aggregated to the Order in the late 13th century, with a Rule, approved by the Master of the Order and suited to their way of life. They are now organized in groups called ‘Fraternities’/‘Chapters’ which are governed by the Rule of Montreal (1985). Professed Lay Dominicans are full members of the Order, and make their profession in the form of a solemn promise.
What is the ECLDF?
Every four years the Lay Dominican Fraternities meet at the European Assembly. The Assembly gathers representatives from European Union countries as well as Norway, Switzerland, Croatia, Russia and the Ukraine.
The Assembly elects a Council: the European Council of Lay Dominican Fraternities (ECLDF). The Council stimulates the contacts among the European Fraternities, maintains international contacts with the Order and with the Lay Dominicans of the other continents and represents the European Fraternities on official occasions. The ECLDF is financed by the annual contributions of the European Fraternities and by gifts. Learn how you can financially support the ECLDF with gifts and annual contributions.
Damien MCDONNELL: President
Felix HOFFMANN: Secretary and DVI liaison
Maro BOTICA: Treasurer and IDYM liaison
Ludovic NAMUROIS : Communications Officer
Vilija ŠEMETIENÉ : Formation Officer
REPRESENTATIVE MEMBER of the ICLDF (until 2019)
REPRESENTATIVE MEMBER of the ICLDF (2019-2021)
GENERAL PROMOTOR OF THE LAITY (2013 – …)
Fr Rui Carlos Antunes e Almeida LOPES OP.