On October 3rd and 4th the new European Council of Lay Dominican Fraternities (ECLDF) gathered together for the first time in Huissen (The Netherlands). The priory of the friars here is one of the places nominated for the next Assembly.
The Council was warmly welcomed by the friars. It was also a great opportunity for the Council members to know each other better. During their meetings the Council looked back at the Assembly in Bologna: what were the decisions made, what assignments and tasks could be formulated? And they thought about what plans could be made for the next years.
Vespers on Friday evening was celebrated together with some members of the Dutch Lay Dominican Fraternity (DLN). After Vespers there was a meeting between the Council and the Dutch Laity. After a mutual short introduction, it was very interesting to compare and exchange experiences of Dominican life from different cultural, personal and political situations. The Dutch Lay Dominicans were interested to hear about the situation in Norway, Russia, Slovakia and France. They shared with the ECLDF members experiences with formation and common life.
The Council asked the members of the DLN what they expect from the Council and what the Council could do for the DLN. This is a question the Council wants to ask all the European Lay Dominican Fraternities. The Dutch delegation told the Council members that the ECLDF is an important link for them to the international Order.
Through the ECLDF the laity is internationally represented and the Council can actively inform the Lay Fraternities about important issues. They can also support local initiatives by bringing those initiatives to a European level as they did recently with the appeal for Iraq from the French Province. The Pilgrim Image of St. Dominic is also highly appreciated by the DLN. Personal encounter is important and this was a good thing to do. The ECLDF is pre-eminently the body who can take the initiative here. The DLN suggested writing a prayer together. Every Province or Vicariate can write one or two sentences and forward the concept-prayer to the next Province or Vicariate.
The evening went too fast and then it was time to say good-bye; but we know as brothers and sisters we will stay together in prayer with St. Dominic.
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