First Call to the Regional Congress of COFALC 2017

First Call to the Regional Congress of COFALC 2017
Presidents (National Coordinators) and
Dominican Lay Fraternities - COFALC Region


With the joy of having culminated the Jubilee of the 800 years of the Order of Preachers with the Congress for the Mission of the Order celebrated at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome on January 21, 2017, our Order looks forward to the next 800 years, sending us to preach the Gospel with renewed enthusiasm, emphasizing the importance of the encounter with the people of God as an integral part of our preaching, promoting the development of the common mission between all the branches of the Order, according to the spirit of the General Chapter of Bologna of last year.

COFALC celebrates a REGIONAL CONGRESS of Dominican Lay Fraternities every three years. The most recent was held in Lima, Peru, between September 15 and 18, 2014, where the current Governing Board was chosen, which was confirmed by the Master of the Order in October 4 of that same year.

Although our Region is divided in Zones, the same have been inoperative, which is why one of the subjects to be considered in our next Regional Congress has to be the reorganization of the Region. Opportunely you will receive the proposed amendments to the statutes for this and other purposes.

We hereby OFFICIALLY CALL all the Fraternities of each one of the countries of the Region, to the COFALC 2017 Congress to be held in the Santo Domingo Convent of Bogotá, Colombia, from September 25 to 28, 2017. The lodging will be in the same convent.

The subject of the Congress will be: Dominican Laity and the common mission of the Order.

As soon as we have precise confirmation on the cost of stay, meals and inscription, we will be communicating it in one second call to Congress. Also, grid thematic and distribution of people in charge and times, as well as the commissions.

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WHO CAN ATTEND: All members of the Dominican Lay of Fraternities with their respective Presidents or Coordinators. Lay associates to the various Dominican Congregations who, although not Dominican Laity, show interest in sharing the meeting.

The DELEGATES for voting purposes will be the Presidents or Coordinators of each country and an additional representative designated by each National Council. We advance that another of the subjects to be treated during the Congress will be the finances of COFALC and the absence of economic contributions on the part of most of the countries. Our regional Treasurer will be communicating with you shortly about this subject.

Meanwhile, we request that you set aside the dates in your calendars.


Héctor L. Márquez, O.P.                                                                            Melba Rendón Hurtado, O.P.
Lay Coordinator COFALC                                                                                  Secretary COFALC


(7 February 2017)