Dominicans in Aoteora New Zealand gather to celebrate 800 years

Dominicans in Aoteora New Zealand gather to celebrate 800 years

The weekend of 18-20 November 2016 over 70 members of the Aotearoa New Zealand Family gathered in Auckland to celebrate #Jubilee800. The gathering opened with liturgy followed by a time of sharing three words that speak of living the Dominican Charism in our world today. These words were captured on ribbon and woven together into a tapestry to represent our Dominican community gathered from around our beautiful country. We remembered those who weren’t able to be with us this weekend.

In the opening address Margaret Butler OP reflected on the challenges of today’s world, most especially that of communication.  We were reminded that communication calls for listening as well as speaking.  It involves all our senses – seeing, feeling, touching, hearing.  We were challenged to consider some of the situations we find ourselves in where communication can be a real hurdle:

• caring for Mother Earth

• the urgent call to understand the first people of this country

• connections with international bodies

• connecting with the diverse group of people who make up our local community

• succession – how do we keep young people connected and living the Dominican charism?

It’s impossible to do justice to Margaret’s keynote in just a few sentences.

On Saturday we explored the four pillars: Prayer, Community, Study and Mission. Each region took one pillar and shared on how it is lived out in today’s world.  Kevin Toomey OP, Elizabeth Mackie OP and Mike Kelly OP formed a panel who reflected back to us and gathered us into discussion of that pillar. Much thought and planning had gone into these exceptionally beautiful and inspiring presentations. We give thanks to all those who made these presentations happen. Kevin Toomey OP read a letter received from Timothy Radcliffe OP in which he expressed his regrets for his inability to physically join them for the celebration. In the letter, he also reminded all to be fervent in their Dominican charism as a response the challenges of our time.







(5 December 2016)