2nd International Congress on the History of the Order of Preachers in the Americas

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20-22 April 2016, at the Main Campus of the University of St Thomas, Bogota, Colombia
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At the 1st Congress on the Order of Preachers in the Americas held in Mexico City in 2013, it was stated that:

"there should be an avenue for exchange, reflections and debates among researchers, teachers and students of different disciplines on the current status and progress in the study of the history of the Order of Preachers in the Americas”.

In line with this, and following the Jubilee of the 800th anniversary of the papal approval of the Order of Preachers, this 2nd Congress aims at a deeper inquiry into its history on various issues which will lead to a better understanding of the presence of the Dominicans in the Americas.

The Congress will be focusing on:  

  • the origin, dissemination and organizations in respect to its actors, institutions and artistic expressions;
  • the configuration of Dominican spirituality through foundations, missions, parishes, schools and universities;
  • life itineraries and images of holiness from preaching;
  • political participation assumed in different scenarios and historical periods;
  • theological and philosophical thoughts;
  • economic activities and cultural heritage.

 

As one of the events of the celebration of the 800th Anniversary of the Order, the 2nd International Conference on the History of the Order in the Americas opened at the University of St Thomas in Bogota, Colombia.

Some of the participants at the Conference are:

Fr Gaspar Sigaya, OP – The Archivist of the Order

Fr Alberto Ramírez Téllez, OP – Dean of the Faculty of the Health Sciences and Director of the Department of Humanities and Integral Formation of the University of St Thomas.

Fr Carlos Ortiz Vargas, OP – Promoter of the Dominican Family, Province of Colombia and Pastor of Our Lady of Chiquinquirá, Bogotá.

Fr Said León Amaya, OP – Prior Provincial of the Province of Colombia and Chairman of the Governing Council of the University of St Thomas.

Fr Juan Ubaldo López Salamanca, OP – Rector of the University of St Thomas.

Fr José Arturo Restrepo Restrepo, OP – Regent of Studies of the Province of Colombia.

Fr Eugenio Torres Torres, OP – Director of the Historical Institute of the Province of Mexico and co-organizer of the first conference.

The conference seeks to delve into various issues concerning the history of the Order in the Americas in order to bring about a better understanding of the presence and mission of the Dominicans in the territory. It will focus on the origin, the spread and organization in respect to its key actors, institutions and artistic events.

 

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(19 April 2016)