International Commission of Nuns


The Commission De Monialibus of the General Chapter of Oakland (1989) recommended the appointment of a General Promoter of the Nuns as well as the establishment of an International Commission of Nuns.  (#154)

Composition of members:  The International Commission consists of 11 representatives from federations and regions (3 from Spain, 1 from France, 1 from Italy, 1 from the rest of Europe, 1 from North America, 1 from Mexico, 1 from South America, 1 from Africa, and 1 from Asia –Pacific).  The members of the Commission are proposed by their respective federations and/or regions (a list of three names) and appointed by the Master of the Order for a term of 6 years, in such a way that every three years, half of the members of the commission are replaced. In this way, both continuity and change are equally ensured. 

Objectives: Today, together with the General Promoter, fr Brian Pierce OP, the International Commission plays an important role within the world of the nuns of the Order in terms of promoting greater communication and mutual understanding among the monasteries and providing advice and recommendations for the Master with regard to issues of interest concerning the life of the nuns as well as the cooperation and interaction within the Dominican Family.

Meetings: The international Commission meets annually for a week, in one host monastery, working together under the chairmanship of the General Promoter – the present promoter is fr Brian J Pierce OP.  Through these meetings, our vision of the Order and the Nuns is enriched, and our communion in prayer, vocation and common mission, intensified. 

International Bulletin- Monialibus: (Monialibus International Bulletin) In 2001, the Commission launched the first issue of the International Bulletin of the nuns – Monialibus.  The members of the international commission are primarily responsible for collecting information, news and articles from their respective federations or regions.  It is published twice a year in English, Spanish and French; it is also available on the website of the Order.

Sr. Marie-Juliette, OP – Cameroon, representative of Africa.
Sr. Mª Teresa Gil Martínez, OP - Federación de la Inmaculada of Spain
Sr. Inmaculada Serrano Posadas, OP - Federación de Nra. Sra. del Rosario of Spain.
Sr. Mª del Mar Castro, OP - Federación de Santo Domingo, Spain.
Sr. Theresa Bui Thi Tam, OP – Vietnam, representative of Asia-Pacific.
Sr. Mª Josefa Strettiova, OP - Czech Republic, representative of Europa Utriusque
Sr. Isabelle Lepoutre, OP – Switzerland, representative of  Federation Notre-Dame des Precheurs of France.
Sr. Paola Panetta, OP - representative of Italy.
Sr. Margarita Martínez Canales, OP - representantive of Federación de Santa María de Guadalupe, Mexico.
Sr. Irene Díaz, OP - Ecuador, representative of the Monasteries of South America.
Sr. Anna Marie Pierre, OP - representative of the Monasteries of USA/North America.


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