Most chapters/fraternities of Lay Dominicans have elderly or disabled members who are unable to attend the meetings. As part of our ongoing formation we have a responsibility for those members in this category who wish to remain connected with the Order and with their chapter/fraternity. Our concern for and kindness to these members is a very important part of our life of preaching, prayer and community. Our community life is tenuous in comparison to the Friars or Sisters but it is still a valid part of our Dominican commitment. Others will see how we care for our elderly/disabled members and this is preaching in action.
This advent the European Lay Dominicans share a common European Advent calendar. In this way the various experiences of Advent and Christmas celebrations all over Europe will be shared. We celebrate the fourth and last Sunday of Advent!
This novena on the occasion of the extraordinary missionary month is created to give the lay Dominicans in Europe the chance to perceive missionary projects of the order of preachers. These projects are run or supported by our lay Dominican brothers and sisters. As a novena it is also the chance to pray for more…
In November, at the request of Br Rui Carlos Lopes, our Promoter General, a new website was launched: Fraternities OP (fraternitiesop.com).
The Dominican school of philosophy & theology (DSPT) organizes on November 17 an event on new perspectives on early Lay Dominicans. It gives a changing understanding of the black penitents and Dominican Third Order in the Middle Ages. This event is free and open to all via Livestream and starts at 7:30 pm. Gather your fraternity to celebrate the 800th Jubilee by watching this event live. You can participate in the conversation via Livestream chat.
(*The word ‘sofia’ is of Greek origin and means ‘wisdom’)
The divine wisdom and the ‘signs of the times’
The mandate of Br. Rui Carlos Antunes e Almeida Lopes as Promoter General of the Laity has ended. On October 9th in a video message Br. Rui said goodbye to all Lay Dominicans.
In it’s first meeting, in Paris, 26-27 August, the members of ECLDF made their elections.
Officers as follows: President, Ruth Anne Henderson,(Italy);
Secretary, Jean Michel Solente, (France);
Treasurer, José A. Muñoz Mata, (Spain);
Formation Officer, Leny Beemer, (The Netherlands).
Communications Officer, Jacinta O Donnell, (Ireland).
The Dominican Laity in Rome are in the centre of the 800-year Jubilee of the Order. How are they celebrating this special year? Lay Dominican Edoardo Mattei reports for us.
The Hungarian Lay Dominican fraternities had their national assembly on 13 May in Budapest, in the former Dominican church that is dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary. Not every fraternity could send a representative because of the many other program of the feast of Fatima. Lay Dominican Nikolett Murányi made a chronicle.