On the second day of the Assembly the participants discussed the Youth Movement and the laity as branches of the Order. Guest speakers were José Alberto de Blas, the secretary of the International Dominican Youth Movement (IDYM), and Francesco Andriulli, a former member of the Youth Movement and a Lay Dominican.
The IDYM is an official branch within the Dominican Order. After a general overview of the IDYM – the history and the structure – there was a plenary discussion about relations between the Youth Movement and the laity. All over the world there are local groups of young adults active. The IDYM gives formation and support to the young adults and the groups. “What is the challenge and what are the opportunities of sharing St. Dominic’s way for Lay Dominicans and the young?” José Alberto asks the Assembly.
It is remarkable that the IDYM is only present in Spain and in England. Why is that? The members of lay fraternities in the European countries are getting older and are often together for many years. They are engaged in pastoral actions, vocational actions and often there is a recruitment programme. This is not the right attitude towards the young people. “In the contacts and the relations with young people it is a matter of gratitude”, Francesco tells the Assembly.
“Proximity” is a keyword not only for the life in the community but also in the relationship with young adults. Characteristic for young people in the age 18 to 30 years is that they travel a lot. Especially when they finish their study, they go to other places (cities, countries). Social media is for them an essential way of keeping contact and for them it is a form of proximity.
How do lay groups create space in the present fraternities for young people so they feel welcome? The laity might not have the answer. But the laity can build a relationship with young people and with them can look for the answers. Study and formation are surely a pillar of Dominican life. José Alberto and Francesco called us to think about a structure and a programme to realize this.
At the end of the day the Assembly gathered around the Pilgrim Image. A moment of silence after all the words, a moment of meditation after all the discussions. “We see a picture of great variety of colours and emanative power. But it is exactly this emanative power, which moves St. Dominic into the picture as the one, who will put all of us under his spell and call us to follow him with his charisma and his openness while going to people”, Klaus Bornewasser says in his meditation.
Click here for:
• the liturgy book 23 May 2014.
• the morning prayer of José A. Muñoz Mata
• The presentation of the IDYM.
• The report on the ELDF-website.
• The meditation of Klaus Bornewasser.
• The homily of Brother Rui.