From 17 – 21 January 2017 an international congress was held on the mission of the Order of Preachers to close the Order’s eighth centenary. More than 600 Dominicans, friars, nuns, sisters and lay Dominicans from all over the world came to Rome for this special congress.
Every other week our Lay Dominican fraternity “Lacordaire” meets in the rooms of the monastery and parish of St. Paulus in Berlin Moabit. Our eyes are turned to the photograph of Mrs. Witte. She greets us, friendly and self confident, always giving us some new hope. We’d like to share her story – a story of hope really – with you.
For three years, at the Dominican Monastery of Santa Maria della Neve e S. Domenico, the Dominican Movement of Families (DMF) has organized seminars for families, focused on the nine chapters of the letter of Pope Francis ‘Amoris Laetitia’. The meetings will be animated by a married couple, a nun, a sister and a friar.
In November, at the request of Br Rui Carlos Lopes, our Promoter General, a new website was launched: Fraternities OP (fraternitiesop.com).
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,…).
On their visits to Norway and France, the Council members learned the wonderful history of a Vicariate and a Province. This Newsletter gives their impressions of their visits.
Lay Dominican Anna Marija Edith Foss of the Fraternity in Oslo, Norway, has participated extensively in voluntary rescue work for refugees in Lesbos, Athens and Kos in Greece. In December 2015 she was joined by Br Haavard Simon Nilsen OP. Here are some of their own pictures with comments by Anna Marija on the rescue work at Lesbos, during 21th December 2015 – 4th January 2016.
A remarkable meeting of all branches of the Dominican Family took place in Salamanca from 1st to 5th September in this, the Order’s 800th Jubilee year, to “reflect on how our Dominican Family can renew its mission through the promotion and defence of human rights”.
What is a Dominican Lay Fraternity, what is its purpose, and what can such a small community accomplish? We are asked this very often – and we discuss this question ourselves time and again. Each fraternity in the world has its own answer.
What are Lay Dominicans doing in Europe on Human Rights? That is something Br Mike Deeb OP would like to know. He is the Order’s Promoter of Justice and Peace. Read on and answer the questions!