This title is provoking and it puts forth a question, a call, which takes into account the doubts; it is a cry hoping to be heard. We chose it because we think it summarizes well our situation as Dominican Laity today. We are members of the “Order of Preachers”, called to witness. But how do we hear the Word of God we ought to convey to others, and how do we bring others to understand that it makes us live? To proclaim the Gospel or to not proclaim it, that is the question. And we may condense this in an English catchphrase: “To preach or not to preach, that is the question”.
As a Glasgow Lay Dominican, I take a vow to the Order every three years. The last time was in St Dominic’s cell in Santa Sabina in front of the Master, Timothy Radcliffe, apart from anything else, an old friend. For some reason, I was bit nervous and said solemnly: I renew my vow for three days! Timothy bent down and said: That’s not much of a commitment, Duncan.
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.
The Dominican Laity in Rome are in the centre of the 800-year Jubilee of the Order. How are they celebrating this special year? Lay Dominican Edoardo Mattei reports for us.
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).
The mandate of Br. Rui Carlos Antunes e Almeida Lopes as Promoter General of the Laity has ended. On October 9th in a video message Br. Rui said goodbye to all Lay Dominicans.
(*The word ‘sofia’ is of Greek origin and means ‘wisdom’)
The divine wisdom and the ‘signs of the times’
The Dominican school of philosophy & theology (DSPT) organizes on November 17 an event on new perspectives on early Lay Dominicans. It gives a changing understanding of the black penitents and Dominican Third Order in the Middle Ages. This event is free and open to all via Livestream and starts at 7:30 pm. Gather your fraternity to celebrate the 800th Jubilee by watching this event live. You can participate in the conversation via Livestream chat.
In November, at the request of Br Rui Carlos Lopes, our Promoter General, a new website was launched: Fraternities OP (fraternitiesop.com).
This novena on the occasion of the extraordinary missionary month is created to give the lay Dominicans in Europe the chance to perceive missionary projects of the order of preachers. These projects are run or supported by our lay Dominican brothers and sisters. As a novena it is also the chance to pray for more…