On 8th May, Alessandro was admitted to the London fraternity. We welcome him with joy!
Fr Gerard F. P. Timoner III, OP, the Master of the Dominican Order worldwide, is visiting the UK to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the arrival of the Dominican friars in England.
The Master will be visiting the Rosary Shrine at St. Dominic’s in London on 21-2 May. On Saturday 21 May at 7:30pm there will be a concert performed by the award-winning choir Cappella Nova, performing choral pieces written by Sir James MacMillan CBE, and on Sunday 22 May fr. Gerard will celebrate Mass at 12 noon. For more information visit the Rosary Shrine’s website.
The Master will also be visiting Blackfriars in Oxford on 24 May.
On 10 April, there were three admissions to the London fraternity. The fraternity is delighted to welcome Augusta, Karoline, and Lynne.
Please keep them in your prayers.
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Patricia Robinson. Pat had been president of the Lay Dominicans of our Province and also European president.
Her funeral took place on Wednesday 23 March at St. Osmund’s in Salisbury. The provincial, fr Martin Ganeri OP, presided and the sermon was given by fr Richard Conrad OP, with a contribution from Margaret Grant (who is also a past lay president).
The Master of the Order has published a letter for Ash Wednesday, asking us to pray the Litany for Peace during Lent.
A group of Lay Dominicans will join together online to pray this Litany at 1pm on Fridays of Lent. If you are interested in taking part in this, please email Catherine Wallis-Hughes: email@example.com to receive the Zoom link.
The Dominicans have a convent in Kiev with 7 religious, and five house of priests: Lvów (4 members), Czortków (3 members), Chmielnicki (2 members), Fastów (3 members) and Kharkiv (3 members).
Dominican nuns have homes in Iolkwa and Czortków, and the sisters of the Congregation of the Dominican Missionary Sisters of Jesus and Mary have homes in Fastów and Kyiv.
Everyone has decided to stand with the Ukrainian people.
Let’s also remember the Lay Dominicans, who gather in several fraternities in Ukraine.Lukasz Wiśniewski OP, Provincial of the Polish Dominican
Please keep them, and all the people of Ukraine, in your prayers.
On Monday 7 February Fr. Dominic White OP and Marystella Ramirez Guerra, a Lay Dominican, appeared on Radio Maria’s ‘Word of Life’ programme talking about their work with the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology, the Roman Catholic House of the Cambridge Theological Federation. Fr. Dominic, who is Director of Research, spoke about the formal degrees the Institute offers and Marystella focussed on the current lecture series ‘Women Who Changed the Church’.
Every year, there is a Mass for the Deceased of the Dominican Family. This year’s Mass was on Saturday 13th November. Andy and Margaret Doyle, from the Newcastle Fraternity, who were on holiday in Rome, attended the Mass and remembered the deceased Lay Dominicans of our province.
The Mass is held at the church of S. Lorenzo in Rome and is attended by people from all the different branches of the Dominican family.
The main celebrant was the Master of the Order, fr. Gerard Timoner III OP.
After Mass, there is a procession to the mausoleum of the friars in the cemetery of Verano, next to the church, for the blessing of graves.
Renowned Polish composer, Pawel Bebenek, will be returning to the Rosary Shrine once again to lead a day of music workshops, which will culminate in a Eucharistic Rosary Procession and Vigil of Readings for the eve of All Saints! The vigil is open to all the public, so do come along and invite your friends! For those interested in the music workshop day, please express your interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
On 16 October, the Newcastle / Durham fraternal group met in person for the first time in over 18 months. At our study day, which we opened up to people from across the North East, we heard talks on:
- the image of St. Dominic, looking at how he has been depicted since his death 800 years ago
- the (sometimes contested) history of the Lay Dominicans
- the whole Dominican family.
At our Mass, Andy and Margaret Doyle made their final profession as Lay Dominicans.
They are pictured here with David Crookes, and fr. Samuel Burke OP, the religious assistant of the fraternal group, and the Mass with Professions is available on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_MeTSk6T-8&t=1069s