At the last European Assembly in Slovakia in 2008 it was proposed that the European Dominican laity make use of modern technology by launching a lay preaching website to publish stories of fruitful use of our opportunities to preach the Good News by word, gesture and example. The Assembly appointed a team of four – three lay Dominicans and the Promoter General – to manage this new initiative. The lay members were chosen not least because they are all in one way or another professionals with words: they are a couple from Brussels, Guido Van Damme, who is a journalist; Bénédicte Van Damme, his wife, who is a translator; and me, Ruth Anne Henderson, a Scot living in Italy, an academic in the field of English language studies. It is useful too that we are each fluent in at least two languages and competent in at least one more.
On 8 April 2012, for personal reasons, Jacinta O’Donnell resigned from the European Council. In accordance with paragraph 1.A.7 of the Statutes, her place has been taken by Eva Zúdorová.
Following the suggestion of the General Chapter of Providence (ACG Providence, 2001, n° 429), the brothers are invited to celebrate annually a Day for the Dominican Family. The Chapter indicated 7th November, Feast of All Saints of the Order of Preachers, as an appropriate date and this feast now approaches!
A letter from Bro. Bruno Cadoré, Master of the Order.
A short presentation by members of ECLDF
26 and 27 August 2011, at the Priory of the Annunciation in Paris, first meeting of the new European Council of Lay Dominican Fraternities elected at Caleruega on 30 May by the European Assembly
In it’s first meeting, in Paris, 26-27 August, the members of ECLDF made their elections.
Officers as follows: President, Ruth Anne Henderson,(Italy);
Secretary, Jean Michel Solente, (France);
Treasurer, José A. Muñoz Mata, (Spain);
Formation Officer, Leny Beemer, (The Netherlands).
Communications Officer, Jacinta O Donnell, (Ireland).
UNITE DANS LA DIVERSITE
La Huitième Assemblée Européenne des Fraternités Laïques Dominicaines a eu lieu à Caleruega du 26 au 30 Mai . ( 1988, Prouilhe ; 1992, Budapest, ; 1995, Varsovie ; 1998, Vienne (Autriche) ; 2001, Fognano, (Italie) ; 2004, Walberberg (Allemagne) ; 2008, Trencianske Teplice (Slovaquie) ; 2011, Caleruega ).
Jean Michel Solente (Province of France);
Leny Beemer-De Vos (Province of Netherlands)
Jacinta O’Donnell (Province of Ireland)
José Antonio Muñoz Mata (Province of Betica)
Ruth Henderson (Province of San Domenico, Italy)
Klaus Bornewasser from Province of Germany has beeen elected to be member of ICLDF, starting in June 2012.
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.