Duncan MacLaren, of the Glasgow Lay Dominicans, is a member of the International Dominican Commission for Justice and Peace in Geneva. At the end of September there will be a meeting of this commission and Duncan needs to make report for this meeting. With this message he asks for the help of all the European fraternities:
Why be a Lay Dominican when I can become a Lay Cistercian, Secular Franciscan, Carmelite, or a Benedictine Oblate? Even Alcoholics Anonymous offers a Spiritual AA. Mrs. Faith Flaherty of the Lay Fraternities in the province of St. Joseph (USA) explains:
On August 6th 1221 St. Dominic died in Bologna. Only thirteen years later he was canonized. His feast day is on August 8th and the whole Order worldwide celebrates this feast. That’s why the European Council of the Lay Dominican Fraternities is sending a greeting to all their sisters and brothers.
In this letter of the Master of the Order, Bruno Cadoré invites the whole Order to engage in the preparatory dynamics of the Synod of Bishops on the theme “young people, the faith and vocational discernment”. Pope Francis has convened this Synod of Bishops, which will take place in October 2018.
The Hungarian Lay Dominican fraternities had their national assembly on 13 May in Budapest, in the former Dominican church that is dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary. Not every fraternity could send a representative because of the many other program of the feast of Fatima. Lay Dominican Nikolett Murányi made a chronicle.
Between April 21 and 23 fr. Rui Carlos Lopes, the Promoter General for Laity, was in Malta to attend the provincial chapter of the Lay Dominicans Fraternities of Malta. A report from the Maltese Lay Dominican James Souness.
The ECLDF came together in Fatima in May 2017 to make further preparations for the 10th ECLDF Assembly this October in Fatima. We did this with the wonderful help of the Portuguese Lay Dominicans Gabriel Silva and his wife Cristina Busto.
This is the third time that our fraternity Saint-Martin-de-Porres has welcomed parishioners of Saint Louis d’Antin in the middle of the week at lunch time. A very particular parish: without territory, but in the middle of a lively area in an incessant coming and going of people, because of the proximity of the Saint-Lazare station and the famous department stores “Le Printemps” and “Les Galeries Lafayettes” in the Boulevard Haussmann.
The European Council of Lay Dominican Fraternities writes to all Dominican sisters and brothers: A blessed and joyful Easter!
The Province of St. Albert the Great of Southern Germany and Austria, founded in 1939, has been called a “young Province”, which it undoubtedly is by Dominican standards. A report from the Laity in this Province.