EUROPEAN COUNCIL OF LAY DOMINICAN FRATERNITIES

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Newsletter 2/2013
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1. 5TH ECLDF MEETING (7TH – 10TH NOVEMBER 2013) IN BOLOGNA, ITALY

The members of the Council met for the last meeting during their office term. We met in Bologna, in Collegio San Tommaso, where the next European Assembly of Lay Dominican Fraternities will be held in May 2014. The Collegio is situated in the heart of Bologna, by the Basilica and Tomb of St. Dominic. For more information, please refer to their website - www. collegiosantommaso.it. The meeting itself started on Friday morning with the most important topic – Preparation of Assembly in Bologna. Thanks to Elisabetta Molè, Lay Dominican from Bologna, we were able to see all the rooms and conference spaces, which will be at our disposal during the Assembly. For the plenary meeting a large Faculty classroom was offered to us. Elisabetta also offered us help with arranging coffee breaks and “small aids” during our Assembly.

2. FINANCES AND FUND RAISING

During Friday morning the most important issue was discussed – finances. Jose Antonio presented a newly opened PayPal account linked to the Pax-Bank account for a crowd-funding. The page was launched primarily for ECLDF Assembly organization project, but can be used also as a base for Formation Working Group, visits to Provinces/Vicariates, ordinary meetings of the next Council. The webpage is translated into several languages and is accessible via link www.gofundme.com/ecldf. Right now we received 100 EUR out of 5000 EUR. Thank you Piotr! Jose Antonio then informed the Council that the amount of money in the Bank is ‘a little bit under the balance needed’. ECLDF still encourages provinces and vicariates to send their annual contributions for 2013 and the previous years. Thanks to information from Klaus Bornewasser, our European delegate to ICLDF, Jose Antonio will contact a German Catholic foundation - RENOVABIS, which in the past made a donation to ECLDF, and ask for donation for delegates from Easter European countries. It is necessary to provide a pack of documents including Programme, Title and Content of the Assembly.

3. INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF LAY DOMINICANS WILL BE IN 2017

Klaus Bornewasser made a presentation of ICLDF meeting in Mexico City, Mexico. We have learned that Mexico City is situated 2 200m above Sea level and that he travelled one street which is 38 km long. Klaus informed us that ICLDF agreed on a new way of working during ICLDF meetings. The most important project of ICLDF will be to organize the next International Congress, which will be held in July 2017 (they are looking for the most suitable place).

4. 9TH EUROPEAN ASSEMBLY OF LAY DOMINICANS IN BOLOGNA, 21ST – 26TH MAY 2014
Then the rest of meeting was dedicated to preparation of the Assembly. As is already known, the Assembly will take place in Bologna from 21st – 26th May 2014, in Collegio San Tommaso. The theme of the meeting will be <<Torchbearers: Crossing borders>>.
A preliminary Programme will be as follows:
- Wednesday 21st May 2014 – Arrival of Delegates
- Thursday 22nd May 2014 – Lauds, Opening of the Assembly, short reports from ECLDF officers, 1st Talk and discussion, Work in Working groups, Holy Mass, Vespers
- Friday 23rd May 2014 – Lauds, 2nd Talk and discussion, Work in Working Groups, 2nd Talk and discussion, Work in Working Groups, Holy Mass, Vespers
- Saturday 24th May 2014 (Feast of Translation of St. Dominic) – Lauds, Common Mass with Priory friars in Basilica, Tractatus, plenary discussion on Statutes and presentation of results of working groups, Vespers, Social evening with local Lay Dominicans, friars and YDYM
- Sunday 25th May 2014 (arrival of Master of the Order – Bruno Cadoré) – Lauds, Holy Mass with Master of Order, Talk of Master of the Order, Election of new ECLDF, Installation of new ECLDF, Vespers
- Monday 26th May 2014 – Departure of delegates
A part of the Programme will be also a Guided tour to Basilica and Priory, Prayer in front of the Pilgrim Image of St. Dominic, Social events and visit to Bologna city.
As we already informed, the Convocation Letter, which was sent to all Provinces in November 15th 2013, will be followed by a Letter with more detailed information before Christmas 2013. Provinces will be requested to send back Registration Forms by 31st March 2014. One month before the beginning of Assembly, April 15th 2014, payment of the Assembly fee will be due.
As our financial budget is limited, the Assembly and plenary sessions will be in English, however working groups will be gathered according to linguistic factors (e.g. French, Italian, Spanish, etc.). However, if there are two delegates from the same Province/Vicariate, at least one must understand English.
As we already informed, the presentation of Provinces and delegates will be requested in advance, by filling a template with short presentation of themselves and a photograph. This will be displayed on a notice board and thus made available to all participants.

5. PILGRIMAGE OF A PICTURE OF SAINT DOMINIC

The “Pilgrim Image” of our St. Dominic started its journey in September from Seville, Spain to Fatima, Portugal. In these days it has already arrived in the Netherlands and will follow in accordance with the schedule across Europe. Thanks to flexibility of Lay Dominicans from Hungary, the Image will also go to Ukraine.

6. SMILING COMMENT FROM PILGRIMAGE OF PICTURE OF SAINT DOMINIC

During the pilgrimage of St. Dominic across Europe we have encountered, that he prefers to travel in car with married couple alone.  Here is the comment from Cristina Busto, Portugal, we have received:

“First I would like to tell you that everybody loved the pilgrimage; it is a beautiful Image, showing our Father in such colours, expressive look... There was only one problem: the dimensions! Gabriel and I transported it to Fátima (we had a formation meeting with the laity) with no problem, because there were only the two of us, and we had the back seat of our car free. But when we wanted to carry it to the Dominican Family meeting, we had no place to transport it! So, we had only one day to preach around the Pilgrim Image, but it was very good!”

7. THERE IS NO NEXT MEETING OF THIS ECLDF, NEXT MEETING IS IN BOLOGNA IN MAY 2014!

Our ECLDF team is looking forward to meeting you or your delegates by the tomb of St. Dominic next year! Thanks to all of you for your prayers and support!

8. THE PILGRIMAGE OF SAINT DOMINIC PICTURE IN PORTUGAL

The Pilgrimage of Saint Dominic was presented to the Portuguese laity in a formation day that took place in Fátima, on 26th of October. The theme was “Lives of lay Dominicans” and Pier Giorgio Frassati was the main figure. There were represented six Fraternities, from North to South.

The Pilgrim Image was received with much enthusiasm, and many people wanted to bring it to their fraternities, if we had more time and if it could be more “transportable”.

We prayed the Litany of Dominican Saints and Blessed, after our working day talking about so many lives of saints… Lay Dominicans!

It was the perfect way to end a very good formation day.

Our prayer is with all lay Dominicans that, like us, have gathered around the Pilgrim Image, and will do so; but especially with all those that prepared this peregrination!

Cristina Busto (President of the Council of the Portuguese Laity)

 

ASSEMBLY PRAYER

Lord Jesus Christ,

you are the light of the world.

We are torchbearers, bringing your light to our brothers and sisters throughout Europe.

Help us to keep the flame burning.

Help us to build bridges, and not walls; to illuminate and warm, and not to destroy; to open our arms in welcome, and not to raise barriers.

Teach us to cross the borders between nations, between Languages, between generations, between the sexes, between Religious and laity, between those who love the past and those who long for the future.

May we be true followers of St Dominic, bringing your Word to all those we meet.

We ask this in your name.

Amen.

Eva Zúdorová
ECLDF Communication Officer
(14 December 2013)