Rome, 5 November 2021

To all members of the Dominican Family

Dominican Month for Peace 2021

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Warm greetings from Santa Sabina, Rome.

The events marking our annual Dominican Month for Peace for 2021 with a focus on Venezuela will begin in a few weeks. More specifically, it will begin on the First Sunday Advent, November 28, 2021 and runs through December till Epiphany on January 6, 2022.

We encourage you to publicize this event to mark our solidarity with our Dominican Family in Venezuela, and to engage members of the Family within your entity, parishes, schools, other institutions, and friends. Please pray each week for our brothers and sisters in Venezuela who face many challenges at this time. Our spiritual and financial support will be directed to assist the Dominican Family in Venezuela.

Webinars designed to raise awareness on the situation in Venezuela are planned for November 19, December 10 and December 22. Details are provided in the attached flyer for the first two webinars. Details on the third webinar will come later. Please advertise the webinars and encourage participation, including friends. You would notice that although it is designated “month for peace” the celebration stretches beyond a month, beginning with the webinars, through Advent to Epiphany. We hope that you would find a day to highlight the event with a public celebration.

To assist us in this process, our sisters and brothers in Venezuela have produced materials that include some highlights of the current situation in Venezuela. Reflections on the Advent readings, highlights on the work of the Dominican Family in Venezuela and video clips for every week will be available in Google Drive. These materials can be accessed in the language of your choice in the following Google Drive: Dominican Month for Peace 2021- Google Drive: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1-f7vUe4_ZoByaYSNbjPdqAU31Zqqjfi8?usp=sharing. Adapt it as you deem fit for your context and audience.

To ensure a coordinated effort and a smooth running of the events:

  • Please appoint a coordinator for your entity to direct the events. 
  • If you have produced some material on the Month for Peace, please share it with the General Promoter of Justice and Peace, fr. Aniedi Okure iustitia@curia.op.org, and the Sr. Durstyne Farnan ngo@domlife.org.
  • We ask that the Coordinator of the Month for Peace informs the General Promoter and DSIC Coordinator of the activities within your entity.

For General Information:

fr. Miguel A. Espinoza S., OP

justiciaypaz.opvenezuela@gmail.com

Thank you for your cooperation and support of our Dominican Family in Venezuela. Remember that small deeds done with much love go a long way. God richly bless your efforts of solidarity with our sisters and brothers in Venezuela.

In St. Dominic,

Sr. Durstyne Farnan, OP                                            fr. Aniedi Okure, OP

DSIC Promoter                                                          General Promoter for Justice and Peace

fr. Gerard Timoner, OP

Master of the Order