Life of the Order

Canonical Visitation of the Vice Province Queen of China – Taiwan

Canonical Visitation of the Vice Province Queen of China – Taiwan

The Master of the Order, fr Gerard Francisco Timoner III, OP, together with the Socius for Asia Pacific, fr Jamshed Albert Gill, OP, conducted canonical visitation of the Vice-Province, Reginae Sinae-Taiwan, from 13-21 January 2024. The friars were visited at the house of formation, Saint Albert the Great Convent-Taipei, Saint Dominic Convent -Kaohsiung and the friars serving in Minor Basilica…

A Priestly Fraternity at Beaufort Monastery in France

A Priestly Fraternity at Beaufort Monastery in France

The second meeting for founding a priestly fraternity occurred at Beaufort Monastery in Plerguer, France, from December 3 to 4, 2023. Discussions included the fraternity’s rule, collaboration with the monastery, and integration into the Dominican Family.

Assembly of Lay Fraternities of the Province of Hispania 

Assembly of Lay Fraternities of the Province of Hispania 

The second Intermediate Assembly of Lay Fraternities in the Province of Hispania convened in Madrid. Fraternity leaders discussed community life and formation, and reports were presented by the Provincial Council. The assembly concluded with the update of the lay directory.

History, tradition and spirituality of the Dominican Order

History, tradition and spirituality of the Dominican Order

The Historical Institute of the Order of Preachers, in collaboration with Dominican Sisters Europe, organized a formation course on the ‘History, Tradition, and Spirituality of the Dominican Order’ from November 10 to 15, 2023, in Rome. Attended by twenty-three sisters from eight countries and nine congregations, the conference featured talks on the founding father St. Dominic, Dominican identity, Dominican saints in art, the history of Dominican sisters’ congregations, sanctity in female mystics, and more. The course also included visits to significant Dominican sites, a celebration at St. Peter’s Basilica, and discussions on justice and peace in the Order. The week emphasized unity in diversity, the richness of the Dominican intellectual tradition, and the importance of justice and peace in the mission of evangelization.

Meeting of Cooperator Brothers from Europe and Canada

Meeting of Cooperator Brothers from Europe and Canada

In response to the call of the General Chapter of Biên Hòa, co-operator brothers from Europe and Canada gathered at the Convent of Madonna dell’Arco (Naples) from December 11 to 15, 2023. Deepening their understanding of vocation, mission, and challenges, the meeting featured insights from Brother Alessandro Cortesi, OP, and Brother Vivian Boland, OP. Discussions on the vocation’s various aspects, reflections on St. Martin de Porres, and a firsthand account of combating slavery in Brazil enriched the fraternal encounter. Emphasizing the need to promote the co-operator brother vocation, participants departed with renewed fraternal support to enrich the Order’s preaching mission.

Brother Jean-Michel Poffet, OP receives Degree of Master in Sacred Theology

Brother Jean-Michel Poffet, OP receives Degree of Master in Sacred Theology

On November 30th 2023, brother Jean-Michel Poffet, OP of the Province of Switzerland was awarded the degree of Master in Sacred Theology. After the provincial of Switzerland, brother Benoît -Dominique de la Sougeole OP had read out the decree of the Master of the Order, Br. Gerard Francisco Timoner III, OP, conferring brother Jean Michel his degree, and the regent of studies of the province of Switzerland, brother Gilles Emmery, had pronounced the laudatio, the newly promoted Scripture scholar pronounced his magisterial lecture.

Renewal of the Agreement between the Order of Preachers and the University of Fribourg, Switzerland

Renewal of the Agreement between the Order of Preachers and the University of Fribourg, Switzerland

On November 7, the renewal of the agreement between the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, the Order of Preachers, and the Swiss Bishops’ Conference on collaboration at the Faculty of Theology took place. Signed by the Rector Astrid Epinay, the Master of the Order Gerard Francisco Timoner III, OP, and Bishop Charles Morerod, OP, the agreement highlights a fruitful collaboration since 1889.

Centenary of the Birth of Brother Leonard Eugene Boyle, OP

Centenary of the Birth of Brother Leonard Eugene Boyle, OP

From November 12-13, 2023, the Irish Province brothers at San Clemente in Rome, in collaboration with the Vatican Library, honored the centenary of Dominican Brother Leonard Eugene Boyle’s birth. A Mass, led by the Provincial of Ireland, John Harris, OP, commemorated Boyle’s impactful life in academia and pastoral care. The following day, a colloquium at San Clemente and the Vatican Library delved into Boyle’s life and contributions.

Asia Pacific Dominican Family Leadership Conference

Asia Pacific Dominican Family Leadership Conference

Major superiors of the Dominican Family in the Asia-Pacific region came together anew for the leadership conference held in South Korea on 23-27 October 2023, with the theme “The Dominican Family in Asia-Pacific: Strengthening Communion, Collaboration, and Mission in the Spirit of Synodality”.

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