On the second day of the European Assembly of Lay Dominican Fraternities Fr. Timothy Radcliffe o.p. talked about how our brothers and sisters in the Arab world teach us to hope.
Saint Dominic’s European Lay Fraternities have celebrated the 800-year Jubilee of the Order with a Chain of Preachers of Hope. At the Assembly in Fatima we received the last contribution to this Chain from the Portugal, the hosting country of the Assembly.
With the church bells ringing a new day in Fatima starts. After breakfast and Lauds we go to the Assembly room, our epic centre for the next days. While we are singing the Jubilee song, we enter this room and on the ground there is a huge rosary. and we gather around it. By lighting a candle Leny Beemer, the President of the ECLDF, opens the Assembly.
Please, pray with us that the Assembly will fortify our mission in the Order as Lay Dominicans of Europe and will also fortify our fraternal connections.
On Wednesday the 4th of October, the feast of St. Francis, all the delegates of the 10th Assembly of European Lay Dominican Fraternities arrived at the hotel of the Domincan Sisters: the Casa das Irmãs Dominicanas in Fatima. In the Portuguese sun it was 30°C – a beautiful day. So it was a warm welcome in every way!
As a contribution to the Chain of Preachers of Hope Lay Dominican Bogdan-Dominic Penev tells us about the Dominican professors teaching in Bulgaria.
“I am sharing this testimony with my Dominican brothers and sisters, in union with them in this Chain of Preachers of Hope.” A contribution from Spain.
A year ago, on 14th June 2016, the Lay Dominicans of the Spanish province organized the symposium “Religions in today’s world”. The video of this symposium is now available on YouTube and the original Spanish language is translated (subtitles) into English and French.
Within two weeks Lay Dominican delegates, observers and guests from almost all European Provinces and Vicariates will come together in Fatima for their 10th Assembly
Ahead of the 2018 synod on youth in Rome, a group of Catholic young people are asking for testimonies and signatures in support of the canonization of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati.