Date: July 16 to August 4, 2016
Location: Bologna (Italy)
Coordination: General Curia OP
Province of Saint Dominic in Italy
St. Dominic bequeathed to his Order a system of community governance based on chapters that promote the mission of the Order and its renewal (Fundamental Constitution §7). Within this system of community government, the General Chapter has ultimate authority.
For this reason, to celebrate the eighth centenary of the Order is also to celebrate a tradition of several centuries of community and democratic government. For example, in 1916, when it was almost impossible to celebrate the seventh centenary of the Order because of the First World War, the Master of the Order, Blessed Hyacinth Mary Cormier, despite the difficulties, decided to convene the General Chapter in Fribourg (Switzerland), where Fr. Ludwig Theissling was elected as his successor. Brothers coming from different countries faced with the war gathered in the chapter to bear witness to the communion and the unanimity of the Order.
The General Chapter of Provincials that will be held during the summer of 2016 has a very special place among the celebrations for the Jubilee. The place chosen for the chapter also has a special meaning: The “Patriarchal” Convent of Bologna preserves the remains of our Father Saint Dominic.