A Meeting of Cooperator Brothers in Lima

Cooperator Brothers

On the 6th of May, the Dominican Order joined the entire Church to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the canonization of the St Martin de Porres who was a Dominican cooperator brother from Lima, Peru. The Dominican brothers in Peru are spearheading this celebration on behalf of the Order. The celebration which was kicked off on the 6th of May, will extend to his feast day on the 3rd of November and end on his birthday on the 9th of December, 2012.

In the midst of all these celebrations, the Master of the Order, Fr Bruno Cadoré, OP is calling on Provincials, Vice Provincials and Vicar Generals to send representatives to a meeting of cooperator brothers at Lima. This call is in line with the dictates of the last General Chapter of Rome. The Chapter asked the Master to appoint, “a committee of cooperator brothers to organize an international congress of cooperator brothers to focus on the re-visioning and renewal of the vocation and ministry of the Dominican cooperator brothers for our time” (ACG Rome, 218). There is already a committee in place in preparation for the International Congress under the guidance of Bro. Ignatius Perkins, OP. He has been working and preparatory meetings have already been held in the USA, Canada and Vietnam.

This meeting will be part of the 50th anniversary of the canonization of St Martin de Porres hosted by the Province of Peru. It will take place from the 31st of October to the 3rd of November, 2012. The Master is expecting that every entity be represented at this meeting. The superiors of the different entities are expected to immediately indicate their intention to send representatives to the meeting. This intention should be made known to fr. Juan Jose Salaverry, OP, the Provincial of Peru so that he can adequately prepare to host the number of brothers coming.

This will be an opportunity for cooperator brothers to discuss issues that are unique to their vocation in the Order. The Master himself will be there and he is looking forward to seeing cooperator brothers from all over the world.