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Margaret Grant: a member of the Lone Lay Dominican Fraternity

Margaret Grant, who runs the Lone Lay Dominican Newsletter, which I mentioned in a post here last November (A modest proposal), writes:
“Our Lone Lay Fraternity was started by Sylvia Spice specifically for those members who were no longer able to travel to fraternity meetings because of their age and infirmities. It was never intended for the young active enquirers who seek formation. The members were all elderly and had all been lifelong active members who wished to stay in touch with each other. We were all used to travelling to our meetings, as the younger members still do, so I do not think distance precludes membership so much as age.  Of course because of that very fact (age), we had to be a ‘shrinking’ fraternity. It was always inevitable, and is why we are now fewer than when I took over the newsletter. It has been going for about 36 years after all, and we are not all gone yet! It will now be sent quarterly.
However, our Country, Great Britian, is small in comparison to many on the Continent and this may make a big difference to the possibility of travelling to meetings… hence isolation. Whilst the new technical facilities obviously have their benefits and will change lots of things, part of the necessity for an enquirer is to be a member of an existing fraternity and to learn to study and share in community which is at the heart of our Order, and this cannot be done via a website. It was tried for many years but failed simply because people felt isolated in their studies and in not meeting and spending time with other Lay Dominicans from whom to learn the blessings of sharing personal friendship and community, even if only for a few hours each month. They were also expected to do a certain amount of Lectio Divina but there was no family nucleus through written letters or emails.”
This is valuable information about the Lone Lay Dominicans. I entirely agree that a website is not enough, which is why I proposed Skype contact and occasional “live” meetings. It would be good to know what others think: the problem of scattered individual lay Dominicans is a real one, and deserves attention.

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Margaret Grant, who runs the Lone Lay Dominican Newsletter, which I mentioned in a post here last November (A modest proposal), writes: “Our Lone Lay Fraternity was started by Sylvia Spice specifically for those members who were no longer able to travel to fraternity meetings because of their age and...
Margaret Grant, who runs the Lone Lay Dominican Newsletter, which I mentioned in a post here last November (<a href="http://www.fraternitiesop.com/slider/lone-lay-dominicans/" target="_blank"><em>A modest proposal</em></a>), writes: “Our Lone Lay Fraternity was started by Sylvia Spice specifically for those members who were no longer able to travel to fraternity meetings because of their age and infirmities. It was never intended for the young active enquirers who seek formation. The members were all elderly and had all been lifelong active members who wished to stay in touch with each other. We were all used to travelling to our meetings, as the younger members still do, so I do not think distance precludes membership so much as age.  Of course because of that very fact (age), we had to be a ‘shrinking’ fraternity. It was always inevitable, and is why we are now fewer than when I took over the newsletter. It has been going for about 36 years after all, and we are not all gone yet! It will now be sent quarterly. However, our Country, Great Britian, is small in comparison to many on the Continent and this may make a big difference to the possibility of travelling to meetings... hence isolation. Whilst the new technical facilities obviously have their benefits and will change lots of things, part of the necessity for an enquirer is to be a member of an existing fraternity and to learn to study and share in community which is at the heart of our Order, and this cannot be done via a website. It was tried for many years but failed simply because people felt isolated in their studies and in not meeting and spending time with other Lay Dominicans from whom to learn the blessings of sharing personal friendship and community, even if only for a few hours each month. They were also expected to do a certain amount of Lectio Divina but there was no family nucleus through written letters or emails.” This is valuable information about the Lone Lay Dominicans. I entirely agree that a website is not enough, which is why I proposed Skype contact and occasional “live” meetings. It would be good to know what others think: the problem of scattered individual lay Dominicans is a real one, and deserves attention.

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  1. What do you think of “cyber chapters”? I picture members communicating via email, private facebook pages, and webinars. This would pull people into the community.

    Public CommentUserWhat do you think of "cyber chapters"? I picture members communicating via email, private facebook pages, and webinars. This would pull people into the community.

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