The ECLDF Assembly 2011 in Caleruega gave to the new council the assignment to give attention to the urgent question of how to organize and improve the formation of Dominican Lay Fraternities in Europe. The final Formation Report for the ECLDF Assembly 2014 in Bologna gives an overview of the various contents, forms and methods of initial and ongoing formation, together with references to some literature.
For this special task a formation working group of competent Lay Dominicans was composed. On the way to this report they send a questionnaire on formation issues and experiences to all European Provinces/Vicariates and the working group received many answers and ideas. This harvest, together with the expertise of the working group, has resulted in an overview of how the different Provinces and Vicariates try to insert the fundamental aims of Dominican lay spirituality in their formation programmes. The working group also intended to build a kind of canon whose contents should always be part of formation, whether initial or ongoing.
It is not the intention to “harmonize” European formation programmes. Unity is the aim, not uniformity. Hopefully this detailed overview will help, through learning of experiences others have already had, through forms of best practice others have developed. The report aims to make sure that some contents of Dominican spirituality, of the Dominican style of living, praying, thinking and preaching, should be contained in any form of the whole of initial and ongoing formation. Lay Dominicans must live faith and learn to “preach” it, not only verbally but also as an attitude, with special methods and skills.
Read the full ECLDF Formation Report.