At the last European Assembly in Slovakia in 2008 it was proposed that the European Dominican laity make use of modern technology by launching a lay preaching website to publish stories of fruitful use of our opportunities to preach the Good News by word, gesture and example. The Assembly appointed a team of four – three lay Dominicans and the Promoter General – to manage this new initiative. The lay members were chosen not least because they are all in one way or another professionals with words: they are a couple from Brussels, Guido Van Damme, who is a journalist; Bénédicte Van Damme, his wife, who is a translator; and me, Ruth Anne Henderson, a Scot living in Italy, an academic in the field of English language studies. It is useful too that we are each fluent in at least two languages and competent in at least one more.
Lay Dominican Anna Marija Edith Foss of the Fraternity in Oslo, Norway, has participated extensively in voluntary rescue work for refugees in Lesbos, Athens and Kos in Greece. In December 2015 she was joined by Br Haavard Simon Nilsen OP. Here are some of their own pictures with comments by Anna Marija on the rescue work at Lesbos, during 21th December 2015 – 4th January 2016.
French and Spanish version below.
The Rosary is simple enough for children and strong enough for Doctors of the Church! Join at 9 p.m. your local time on April 29.
On the 6th of April it is the 116th birthday of Pier Giorgio and everybody is invited to unite in a prayer together at the same time (between 3:00 and 8:00 p.m.), in a bond with Blessed Pier Giorgio.
The Rule of the Lay Fraternities of St Dominic
The Newly Revised Rule for Domican Laity
Approved by the
Congregation for Religious and Secular Institutes (1987)
STATUTES OF FRATERNITIES OF LAY DOMINICANS
The local Fraternity of St. Mary Magdalene and the Formation Commission of Lay Dominican Fraternities in Slovakia are pleased to invite you for a Jubilee Formation meeting. The meeting will be held from 13th to 15th May in Terchová, Slovakia.
Increasing awareness of the apostolic aspect of vocation:
The friars discern that the laity are not only the object of their preaching, but they are considered more and more as companions in preaching, especially in places where the friars are not so skilled: in family life, the neighborhood, in the professions, in society, the economy and politics. The laity, too, discern more and more that they are protagonists of preaching in their typical environment, where they are specialists. There is an increasing esteem and mutual respect. In the spirit of the Church, understood as Mystery of Communion, the secular branch is respected no longer like a “third Order” of Dominicans, but as integrated members of a religious family, called by the development of their own charism to respond to the same universal vocation.
The European Council of Lay Dominican Fraternities (ECLDF) hereafter referred to as the European Council (E.C) or the “Council”, is motivated by the love of Christ and His Church as expressed by the apostolic spirit of Saint Dominic. It is established, in accordance with Rule 22(b) of The Rule of Dominican Fraternities, in March 1998 following the IVth European Meeting of Lay Dominicans Fraternities in Vienna
While recognizing that each Province and Vicariate is entitled to its own autonomy according to the rights and responsibilities as defined in the Rules, the Council draws on and also supports each one’s specific charism.
EUROPEAN COUNCIL FOR LAY DOMINICAN FRATERNITIES
STATUTES + REGULATIONS + RECOMMENDATIONS (2011-2014)