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”.

Youth Organise Rosary pilgrimage in Malta

Youth Organise Rosary pilgrimage in Malta

On October 15, the Dominican youth community of La Valeta in Malta organized their annual Marian pilgrimage. Started in 1883, it’s a sacred journey, with participants praying the Rosary.

Master of the Order Concludes Canonical Visitation of the Province of Poland

Master of the Order Concludes Canonical Visitation of the Province of Poland

On October 14, 2023, the Master of the Order, Brother Gerard Francisco Timoner III, OP, concluded the second part of the canonical visitation of the Province of Poland, which began on September 18, 2023. This extensive visit involved meetings with friars, nuns, and members of Dominican lay fraternities in communities throughout the Province. Online meetings were also organized for communities outside Poland, and discussions took place with Bishop Jacek Kiciński in Wrocław. The visit also included preliminary planning for the next General Chapter of the Order, scheduled for July 2025 in Krakow.

Large turnout for Washington Rosary Pilgrimage

Large turnout for Washington Rosary Pilgrimage

The Dominican Family in the United States convened at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC on September 30, 2023. Nearly 5,000 people gathered for talks, prayer, a Rosary procession, and Mass on the eve of “Rosary Sunday,” a Dominican tradition observed on the first Sunday of October. The event marked the first national Dominican Rosary Pilgrimage in the USA, organized by the Province of St. Joseph. The day included spiritual conferences, confession, book presentations, and a beautiful Rosary procession around the Basilica led by over fifty friars.

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