Internet workshop

This workshop is meant not just to tell you a lot about Dominican websites. It is our idea that we should discuss themes and issues that matter to you. We use a PowerPoint presentation, but it will only offer an introduction. Depending on your reactions and questions you can decide on which subject we will focus.

The Dominicans have a number of websites on Internet. Lay Dominican websites are growing in number and volume. Two crucial questions are the problem of choosing the subjects for a website and choosing the way of presenting this. We will look at several websites during this presentation. The main goal of this workshop is learning together about the possibilities of websites. Working together will also help in shaping the future of Lay Dominican websites.

Introductory Talk by the President

Again we welcome you all, particularly those who were not able to come yesterday evening. We thank God that you arrived here safely even if you have had a long or difficult journey.

We welcome you not only for yourselves but those whom you bring in your hearts: the other members of your provinces.

We have an exciting programme that we hope you will find not only fruitful but enjoyable. One of the most important objects of this Assembly is to get to know each other and enjoy each others company in the presence of God.

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!”

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: