A Chain of Preachers of Hope

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A Chain of Preachers of Hope
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The European Lay Dominicans celebrate the Jubilee of the 800th Anniversary of the Order with a Chain of Preachers of Hope.

During the Jubilee Year of our Order and on the way to the next ECLDF Assembly (3–7 October 2017) in Fatima, Portugal, we have organized a kind of Lay Dominican Chain of Preachers of Hope in Europe.

Thinking about our mission as Lay Dominicans, we wondered how we can be Preachers of Hope in our world today with its myriad of problems at different levels:

  • We talk about the political and economy problems in Europe and in its neighboring countries: violence, oppression, religious fanaticism, migration etc. Here the connection with the Dominican involvement with Justice and Peace can be strong.
  • We also talked about social problems which arise from living together with ‘strangers’, people with different cultures, religions and habits. But we are also confronted with crime, incarcerations, increasing poverty and loneliness. And we experience in our lives and neighborhood many family problems; divorces, unemployment, huge debts etc.
  • There are great worries about the future of the Church, how to change the often bad image of the Church and find new ways to reach young people, to raise our children in the faith.

How can we tell the story of our Lord in these days and find signs of grace in the world today?

How can we be Preachers of Hope amidst these problems?

All Lay Dominicans in Europe are invited to share in their fraternities about these issues and to collect some of the personal stories about their experiences of being Preachers of Hope in their own environment. Or find pictures, showing their activities as Preachers of Hope, with a small explanation and/or prayer.

The Chain: Each Province is invited to share their stories and/or pictures with another Province, if possible during a meeting. That means a Province will have to invite its neighboring Province, etc. For the Chain there is a route with a timetable.

If every Province sends their stories and pictures, we can create a real Chain of Preachers of Hope throughout Europe until the next Assembly in October 2017 in Fatima.

CALENDAR OF A CHAIN OF EUROPEAN PREACHERS OF HOPE

No.
Country – Province – Vicariate
Name
 
Date
Start
- 1
DACIA
Vicariate
(Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark)
Nikodemus
HEIKMAN
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aksel MISJE
 
November 2015
2.
IRELAND
Province of Ireland
Patricia
KELLY
 
December
2015
3.
UNITED KINGDOM
Province of England
Peter
KILTY
 
January
2016
4.
LITHUANIA
(Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Province of Guarding Angels Vicariate
Kristian (President)
JURENIENE
 
 
February 2016
5.
RUSSIA AND UKRAINE
Russia and Ukraine
Province of St Michael
Olga (ECLDF)
ROZHNIKOVA
Mykhailo
SOROKIN
 
March 2016
6.
POLAND
Province of Poland
Piotr
GRODECKI
Malgorzata
MAZUR
 
April 2016
7.
SLOVAKIA
Province of Slovakia
Peter (President)
SUCHOVSKY
Eva (ECLDF)
ZUDOROVA
 
May 2016
8.
CZECH REPUBLIC
Province of Bhomia
Jan Vincenc (Pres.)
HORACEK
Dita
KRALOVA
 
June 2016
9.
NETHERLAND
Province of the Netherlands
Leny (ECLDF  Pres.)
BEEMER
Mart
de REGT
 
July 2016
10.
GERMANY
Province of Teutonia
Klaus
BORNEWASSER
Christian (Pres.)
HARTMAN
Hans
GASPER
Felix
HOFFMANN
 
August 2016
11.
BELGIUM
Province of Flanders
Joris
VERMEERSC
Geert
LALEMAN
 
September 2016
12.
BELGIUM
Belgium South Vicariate
Dominique (Pres.)
OLIVIER
Dominique
LAWALREE
 
September 2016
13.
FRANCE
Province of France
Catherine (Pres.)
MASSON
Jean-Michel
SOLENTE
Arnaud (ECLDF)
KIENTZ
 
October 2016
14.
FRANCE
North-Pas-de-Calais
Province of France
Marie-Odile
COUSIN
 
October 2016
15.
FRANCE
Province of Toulouse
Brigitte (Pres.)
VALADE
 
November 2016
16.
SWITZERLAND
Province of Helvetia
Evelyne (Pres.)
VON STEFFENS
 
December 2016
17.
GERMANY SOUTH AND AUSTRIA
Province of Germania
Melanie (Pres.)
DELPECH
Elizabeth
FRIZL
Gabriele
NEU-YILK
 
January 2017
18.
HUNGARY
Province of Hungary
Mihaly (Pres.)
SZABO
Nikolett
MURANYI
 
February 2017
19.
BULGARIA
Vicariate of Bulgaria
Elena (Pres.)
MALDJIEVA
Bogdan
PENEV
 
March 2017
20.
ITALY (North)
Province San Domenico
Irene (Pres.)
LARCAN
Giantonio
RATTI (Nat. Pres.)
 
 
April 2017
21.
ITALY (Central)
Province Santa Caterina
Piergiorgio (Pres.)
IMBRIGHI
 
May 2016
22.
ITALY (South)
Province San Tommaso
Angela
AMATO GIGLI
 
June 2017
23.
MALTA
Province of Malta
Victor (Pres.)
PORTELLI
 
July 2017
24.
SPAIN
Province of Spain
José (Pres.)
LLOPEZ Barbera
 
August 2017
25.
SPAIN
Province of Betica
José (Pres.)
MATA MUNOZ
 
August 2017
26.
SPAIN
Vicariate San Rosario (under the missionary Province of the Holy Rosary)
Antonio
FEITO
 
August 2017
27.
PORTUGAL
Province of Portugal
Cristina (Pres.)
BUSTO
Gabriel
SILVA
 
September 2017
 

 

(23 October 2015)