The origins of the Lay Dominican Rule

On April 1st fr. Rui Carlos Lopes, the Promoter General for Laity, held a lecture on “The origins of the Lay Dominican Rule” at the Mater Ecclesiae, the Advanced Institute of Religious Studies (ISSR). This institute is linked to the Faculty of Theology of the Pontifical University of St Thomas (Angelicum) in Rome. This is the transcript of the first part of the lecture.

Third meeting of the European Council of Lay Dominican Fraternities

Rome, 29-31 October 2009

1 – Since the 7th European Assembly of Lay Dominican Fraternities in Slovakia from 29 May to 3 June 2008, where the five members of the European Council of Fraternities (ECLDF) were elected, the Council has met three times: first in Brussels from 23 to 26 October 2008, then in Paris from 4 to 7 June 2008, and recently at the Santa Sabina convent in Rome from 29 to 31 October 2009.

To be a preacher and not to be a pilgrim, is impossible….

Pilgrimage takes many forms and variations; it is oriented to a goal at the end of which we anticipate the result of our journey. In the context of the forthcoming Great Jubilee of the Dominican Order, this year is devoted to the topic Lay Dominicans and preaching. And as preaching is associated with pilgrimage, the European Council of Lay Dominican fraternities came up with the idea of the Pilgrim Image of St. Dominic travelling from country to country across Europe.

VideOP Challenge

On the occasion of its 800 years, the Dominican Order invites you to participate in a competition. Form your team and shoot a three minute video on the diversity of the missions of the Dominican family (brothers, sisters, lay people,…).