Lay Dominicans in Europe

A meeting of representatives of the Lay Dominican Fraternities from the Provinces of Europe with their Promoters and guests has been held every three years since 1989. The first of these meetings was the Assembly held in Toulouse, France, followed by Budapest , Hungary in 1992, Kanie, Poland in 1995, the fourth in Vienna, Austria in 1998, the fifth in Fognano, Italy in 2001 and the sixth in Walberberg, Germany in 2004. These Assemblies were organized by volunteers in collaboration with the Brethren until after the Vienna meeting.

Lay Dominicans and the Order

Let me begin by saying that you may not find anything very new in my presentation. It is my personal sharing, and I would like you to accept it as such. Given the relevancy of the topic, I do hope that it will be sufficiently stimulating so as to lead us into serious discussion.

I will speak about the Laity in general, about the Lay Dominicans and finally about the place of Lay Dominicans in the Order.

LAY DOMINICANS AND THE ORDER

Let me begin by saying that you may not find anything very new in my presentation. It is my personal sharing, and I would like you to accept it as such. Given the relevancy of the topic, I do hope that it will be sufficiently stimulating so as to lead us into serious discussion.
I will speak about the Laity in general, about the Lay Dominicans and finally about the place of Lay Dominicans in the Order.

Lay Dominican Preaching Website

As members of the Order of Preachers, we are following in the footsteps of the apostles. So our Dominican vocation to “Go and preach” needs feedback in the form of sharing our preaching experiences with Jesus as well as with one another (Mk 6:30). Jesus was not only a ‘liturgical preacher’, proclaiming the Gospel in the Temple and the synagogue, but above all an ‘itinerant preacher’, using as his ‘pulpit’ the world around him, and as his ‘text’ the daily life of his countrymen and -women.

Justice and Peace Commission asks for help

Duncan MacLaren, of the Glasgow Lay Dominicans, is a member of the International Dominican Commission for Justice and Peace in Geneva. At the end of September there will be a meeting of this commission and Duncan needs to make report for this meeting. With this message he asks for the help of all the European fraternities:

Justice & Peace

There’s a mouse in the soup !

Not so long ago there was a tradition in a convent of the Friars Preachers that communal meals had to be taken in silence. Moreover, you could not ask anything for yourself as you had to be attentive to the friar next to you. For example, if your neighbour needed a spoon or water, it was up to you to provide it. One day a novice, Jose, found a tiny mouse in his soup and Gerard who was sitting next to him had not noticed it. Jose could not eat as he was distressed over the fact that he could do nothing to attract Gerard’s attention. Finally, in desperation, Jose called the attendant and said, “Gerard has not been served mouse with his soup as I have!”