On the occasion of its 800 years, the Dominican Order invites you to participate in a competition. Form your team and shoot a three minute video on the diversity of the missions of the Dominican family (brothers, sisters, lay people,…).
On their visits to Norway and France, the Council members learned the wonderful history of a Vicariate and a Province. This Newsletter gives their impressions of their visits.
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.
A remarkable meeting of all branches of the Dominican Family took place in Salamanca from 1st to 5th September in this, the Order’s 800th Jubilee year, to “reflect on how our Dominican Family can renew its mission through the promotion and defence of human rights”.
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.
What are Lay Dominicans doing in Europe on Human Rights? That is something Br Mike Deeb OP would like to know. He is the Order’s Promoter of Justice and Peace. Read on and answer the questions!
On August 8th we celebrate worldwide the feast of St. Dominic. The Council of the European Lay Dominican Fraternities is sending on this day a wish to all their sisters en brothers.
Lay Dominicans in the Czech Republic put another wonderful link into the chain of the Preachers of hope, St. Zdislava of Lemberk. In this anniversary year, the Czech Dominican province wants to focus on this Saint and ask her to intercede for Europe. The basis of a healthy European society can only be found in healthy families and children raised in love and in the correct values. With her intercession for families, mothers, fathers and children St. Zdislava, as a patron of families, may heal the many pains of an old dying Europe.
During the Jubilee Year of the Order and on the way to the next ECLDF Assembly in Fatima (Portugal) the ECLDF organizes a kind of Lay Dominican chain of European preachers of hope. The Lay Dominicans of the Slovakian Province were inspired by a letter of the Master of the Order. They organized ‘A Night Vigil’ and they share this with their brothers and sisters of the Czech Province.
As in previous years, on this year’s Whit weekend Lay Dominicans of Slovakia met in the heart of beautiful nature in Terchova to reflect on their formation. Eva Zudorova, Lay Dominican and councilmember of the ECLDF, reports.