On the second day of the European Assembly of Lay Dominican Fraternities Fr. Timothy Radcliffe o.p. talked about how our brothers and sisters in the Arab world teach us to hope.
Rome, 29-31 October 2009
1 – Since the 7th European Assembly of Lay Dominican Fraternities in Slovakia from 29 May to 3 June 2008, where the five members of the European Council of Fraternities (ECLDF) were elected, the Council has met three times: first in Brussels from 23 to 26 October 2008, then in Paris from 4 to 7 June 2008, and recently at the Santa Sabina convent in Rome from 29 to 31 October 2009.
On the last day of the Assembly Eva Zudorova from the Slovak province held a meditation during the morning prayer.
On the website ‘The Word’ you will find a daily dose of Dominican preaching from members of the whole Dominican family. Lay Dominican Ruth Anne Henderson, O.P. contributes to this way of preaching regular.
On April 1st fr. Rui Carlos Lopes, the Promoter General for Laity, held a lecture on “The origins of the Lay Dominican Rule” at the Mater Ecclesiae, the Advanced Institute of Religious Studies (ISSR). This institute is linked to the Faculty of Theology of the Pontifical University of St Thomas (Angelicum) in Rome. This is the transcript of the first part of the lecture.
The new official Rosary web site for the Dominican Order sees the light of day! Fr. Louis-Marie Ariňo-Durand OP, the General Promoter of the Rosary, tells:
Jean Michel Solente (Province of France);
Leny Beemer-De Vos (Province of Netherlands)
Jacinta O’Donnell (Province of Ireland)
José Antonio Muñoz Mata (Province of Betica)
Ruth Henderson (Province of San Domenico, Italy)
Klaus Bornewasser from Province of Germany has beeen elected to be member of ICLDF, starting in June 2012.
On the last day of the Assembly the Master of the Order visited the European Assembly.
On this Assembly day Sr. Yosé Höhne-Sparborth took us to the war zone of Iraq and analysed the role of Europe in the Middle East. And against this background she asked the question: ‘Preachers of hope: when, where, who and to whom?’ After Mass at the sanctuary of Fatima the Assembly elections were held for the new Council.
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.