This advent the European Lay Dominicans share a common European Advent calendar. In this way the various experiences of Advent and Christmas celebrations all over Europe will be shared. We celebrate the fourth and last Sunday of Advent!
Most chapters/fraternities of Lay Dominicans have elderly or disabled members who are unable to attend the meetings. As part of our ongoing formation we have a responsibility for those members in this category who wish to remain connected with the Order and with their chapter/fraternity. Our concern for and kindness to these members is a very important part of our life of preaching, prayer and community. Our community life is tenuous in comparison to the Friars or Sisters but it is still a valid part of our Dominican commitment. Others will see how we care for our elderly/disabled members and this is preaching in action.
On November 7th the 800-year Jubilee of the Dominican Order began. This was celebrated not only in Santa Sabina in Rome, but also in many places around the world. A report from Malta.
When we celebrate the Jubilee of 800 years of the Order, nothing could be better than going back to the source, the original background. It was what a group of 51 members of the Portuguese Dominican Family did, between 26 and 29 June: lay Dominicans, friars, sisters and friends were on a pilgrimage to Caleruega, Saint Dominic’s birthplace.
The Third International Congress of the Dominican laity will be held in Fatima, from October 4 to 10, 2018. For this Congress a prayer was prepared. Let us pray together in preparation for this meeting.
The Order of Preachers is preparing for the Jubilee celebration in 2016 on the occasion of the 800 years of its approval. Prayer is essential to enter into the dynamics of renewal and conversion to which the Jubilee celebration calls us. For this reason, as Lay Dominicans we join in the praying of the Jubilee prayer together with all the Dominican family.
For each day of the Jubilee Year of the Order, that is November 7 2015 – January 21 2017, there is a lectio divina on the Order’s website (www.op.org). This lectio divina is prepared by friars, sisters and lay Dominicans all over the world.
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.
PRESENTATION BY JERRY STOOKEY, OP, PROMOTER GENERAL OF THE DOMINICAN LAITY
1. Thank you. Let me begin by thanking you for inviting me to participate in this Assembly and for the privilege of working with the ECLDF during these past few years. It is truly an honor for me to be your Promoter General—and I would say, probably the best job you could get at Santa Sabina! In a special way everyone wants to thank the Dominican Laity of Germany for such a fantastic welcome and preparation of this Assembly.