During the weekend of 10 -12 July 2015, the second Provincial Chapter for Lay Dominican Fraternities in the Province of St. Albert the Great of Southern Germany and Austria convened for its constituent meeting in in Augsburg. A report from Gabriele Neu-Yilik and Arnaud Kientz.
We’ve never had any children of our own, so we opened our home over the years to young people with family problems: we talked to them, listened to them and prayed with them, and over a period of many years we found many “sons and daughters” in this way. Now we are elderly and our “children”…
The 9th Assembly gathered together in Bologna has elected a new council. The members for the next four years are Leny Beemer, Arnaud Kientz, Aksel Misje, Olga Rozhmikova and Eva Zudorova. The master of the Order gave dispensation for a extended period for Klaus Bornewasser as a member of the international council.
The 10th Assembly gathered together in Fatima has elected a new council. The members for the next four years are Maro Botica, Felix Hoffmann, Damien McDonnnell, Ludovic Namurois, Vilija Šemetienė. As European member of the International Council (from 2019) the delegates elected Gabriel Silva.
Brussels in May: a bright sun was blazing down on the Southern, Red, Moroccan neighbourhood of Saint Gilles. I was looking forward to summer as I sat outside a café in the Avenue Dejaer. On my green sweater, a black-and-white Dominican cross caught the sunlight like a new coin. I was wearing my cross proudly as…
As a part of the Jubilee Year a Dominican cultural soirée was organized in Malta. Lay Dominican James Souness was singing in one of the choirs and sent us a short account of this evening.
The Dominicans celebrate this year their 800-year jubilee. After starting in Spain with Dominic de Guzman, the Order developed until it became a worldwide organisation of brethren, nuns, sisters and laypersons. What does it mean being a member of a worldwide order? What does it mean to be a world citizen? That’s the subject of my interview with Leny Beemer. She is a lay Dominican and after being president for 8 years of the Dutch Dominican Lay Fraternity, she went international. Now she is president of the European Council of Lay Dominican Fraternities.
The General Promoter of the Laity, fr Rui Carlos Lopes has inaugurated a Forum to help prepare for the International Laity Congress in Fatima in October 2018.
During the Jubilee Year of the Order and on the way to the next ECLDF Assembly in Fatima (Portugal) the ECLDF organizes a kind of Lay Dominican chain of European preachers of hope. The Lay Dominicans of the Slovakian Province were inspired by a letter of the Master of the Order. They organized ‘A Night Vigil’ and they share this with their brothers and sisters of the Czech Province.
Lay Dominicans in the Czech Republic put another wonderful link into the chain of the Preachers of hope, St. Zdislava of Lemberk. In this anniversary year, the Czech Dominican province wants to focus on this Saint and ask her to intercede for Europe. The basis of a healthy European society can only be found in healthy families and children raised in love and in the correct values. With her intercession for families, mothers, fathers and children St. Zdislava, as a patron of families, may heal the many pains of an old dying Europe.