European Council of Lay Dominican Fraternities

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Newsletter: Nov. 1/2012
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Dear European Lay Dominicans,

I am delighted to present to you the first Newsletter of European Council of Lay Dominican Fraternities from my hands. By Newsletters we would like to inform you about our meetings, our work, our discussions and various issues related to our Dominican Life. As I am the newest member of the ECLDF team, let me introduce myself: My name is Eva Zúdorová and I am from Slovakia. I joined the Council just after Easter 2012 and will be responsible for Communication.

Within this officium I would like to manage a vital communication and information channel between the ECLDF and Lay Dominican Fraternities in Europe, as well as with other branches of our Order. My dream is to create and utilize a strong and vital communication network which will serve to all European Lay Dominicans in exchanging news, most important information, experiences and ideas. But for a vital communication a two-way information stream is needed. And that is why I would like to encourage you to send me the interesting information from your Provinces/Vicariates which you would like to share with other Dominicans (e.g. election and new presidents, important meetings, projects, etc.).

Dear sisters and brothers I am looking forward to mutual communication!

ECLDF MEETING IN CHIERI, ITALY

The European Council of Lay Dominican Fraternities met for its second meeting from 19th – 22nd April 2012, in Italy, at the Chieri priory. As on 8th April 2012, for personal reasons, Jacinta O’Donnell resigned from the European Council, in accordance with paragraph 1.A.7 of the Statutes; her place has been taken by Eva Zúdorová. Eva will hold a Communication Officer role. Members of the Council agreed on the way of working while using modern communication means. (Skype, Twitter, Facebook)

VISIT OF LAY DOMINICANS IN UKRAINE

The ECLDF discussed a request from Ukraine. The Ukrainian laity would appreciate very much a visit from the western members of the ECLDF. The Council agreed that Leny Beemer and Eva Zúdorová will visit Ukrainian brothers and sisters from 3rd – 6th August 2012.

ACTS OF CALERUEGA ASSEMBLY

The Council has finally collected all documents from the Caleruega Assembly and is now finalizing the Acts. In upcoming weeks the Acts will be both distributed to each Province/Vicariate and published in our web site. We apologize for the delay!

COOPERATION WITH IDYM

During Friday afternoon (20th April) ECLDF met Sr. Ginevra Rossi, international secretary of IDYM (International Dominican Youth Movement) who came from Rome to present the situation of the Movement, and the reality of the young generation, today. The Council and sr. Ginevra mutually agreed about closer cooperation between Laity and IDYM.

MEETING WITH CHIERI LAY DOMINICANS

On Friday evening the Council met members of the local Lay Dominican fraternity. The fraternity in Chieri has a long history. The oldest historical records from the 19th century were presented during the meeting. Chieri’s Lay Dominicans informed the Council about their life and problems. They were also interested in the work of the ECLDF and a life of Lay Dominicans from each Council member’s country.

IMPROVEMENT PROPOSAL FOR LAICATUSPRAEDICANS

On Saturday morning the ECLDF discussed a proposal from the Laicatuspraedicans webmaster Karin Bornhijm from the Netherlands. Laicatuspraedicans is the site where Lay Dominicans from Europe can share testimonies of their lives. Karin made several proposals in order to offer a more attractive and more useful tool for Lay Dominicans.

FORMATION

The ECLDF then discussed a Formation project. As Leny Beemer, the Formation Officer informed us, the first challenge was a language problem, but in accordance with responses from a Resonance Group, Provinces were ready to translate materials into local languages. The basic formation principles have to be more explicit. The idea is to offer guidelines for each Province and each one will adapt them into the local reality. What can be offered is a kind of «recommendations». The next steps of the Formation Group are to write basic principles and ask each Province for a reaction. Based on these reactions a framework can be done. Reflections on the subjects are to be in the three languages of the Order. As the Council agreed, a Formation Link will be enabled on the ECLDF website. At the next ECLDF meeting in November 2012, the Formation group will present its progress.

FINANCES AND FUND RAISING

Financial issues were also reviewed and the ECLDF encourages Provinces and Vicariates to pay their annual contributions. This money is not only financing the Council’s meetings, but also helping to organize the next European Assembly. As José Antonio Munoz Mata, the ECLDF treasurer, informed us, there are two sources for fund raising: the contributions and the donations. ECLDF will place a donation request to RENOVABIS in Germany for «sponsoring» the next Assembly in Bologna in 2014. The ECLDF encourages Provinces to generate donations at local level by organizing sales, concerts, etc.

NEXT MEETING OF ECLDF

The next meeting of the European Council of Lay Dominican Fraternities will be held in Estavayer-le-lac, Switzerland, from 8th to 11th November 2012. At the meeting will be discussed, in addition to other topics, the Bologna Assembly preparation.

THANKS TO EVA KAMENIAROVA

The Chieri meeting finally listened to the words of gratitude of Eva Kameniarová, who will finish her ICLDF mandate on 1st July 2012 and we thank her very much for her actions, her spirituality, her contributions to our discussions.

EXCELLENT CHIERI FRIARS

The ECLDF thanks the Chieri Priory friars for a great support, fraternal love, praying community and extraordinary hospitality. Thank you dear brothers, we love your Priory!

 

Eva Zúdorová

ECLDF Communication Officer