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Report of the DLIPC Meeting

DLIPC May 11-14, 2017 Washington, DC

Representatives from the four US provinces, Canada, and the ICDLF met with International Promoter Fr. Rui Lopes, OP in Washington DC May 11-14, 2017 at the Washington Retreat House of the Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement.

DLIPC   The meeting was hosted by the Province of St. Joseph. Thanks to the attendance of the two friars, we were able to celebrate daily mass in addition to praying the office and our meeting was conducted in the context of prayer, sacrament, and preaching.

  • The ICDLF was represented by Mr. Joe Komadina, OP. Other representatives included:
  • Province of St. Albert the Great: Mr. Jonathan Stahl, OP, Ms. Sharon Huizenga, OP, and Provincial Promoter Fr. Steve Kuhlmann, OP.
  • Province of St. Joseph: Mrs. Cosette Heimann, OP, Ms. Marianne Jablonski, OP, and Mrs. Nancy Coleman, OP, recorder.
  • Province of St. Martin de Porres: Dr. Joaquin Wong, OP and Mrs. Cynthia Donnelly, OP.
  • Province of the Holy Name of Jesus: Mrs. Denise Harvey, OP and Mr. Michael Harvey, OP.
  • Dominicains du Canada: Mrs. Christine Husson, OP and Mr. Konrad Hanz, OP.

DLIPCMeeting highlights, pending the publication of the minutes, plus excerpts from the provincial reports include the following:

  1. The Province of the Holy Name of Jesus has 24 active chapters with 377 members. They are widely scattered and use Skype as needed for communication.. They have an online store for supplies. A northern California chapter with the help of Promoter Fr. Francis Le, OP is sponsoring a program of sending volunteer ESL teachers to Vietnam to teach English to Vietnamese priests.
  2. The Province of St. Martin de Porres has 21 active chapters with 370 members, Many of their chapters have social justice apostolates in addition to local parish involvement.
  3. The Eastern Province has 69 active chapters and 1033 members, divided among six regions. They revised their Directory (Guidelines to the Rule) in 2016 and hosted the ICDLF in Washington, DC. They are currently developing a program for the formation of Formation Directors.
  4. The Canadian Province covers a vast territory and is comprised of both French and English-speaking chapters. In cooperation with the friars and the sisters, the Canadian Laity are sponsoring Foyer du Monde, a facility in Montreal for housing refugees. It opened the week of the DLIPC and received two Syrian families who had walked through the winter snows to reach safety from the war.
  5. The Province of St Albert the Great has 21 active chapters with a wide variety of apostolates.

Other items of interest as follows:

  1. Thursday May 11, 2017. Master of the Order Fr. Bruno Cadoré, OP has written a January 2017 Letter to the Order which is posted on the IDI hashtag at opcuria.org and we are encouraged to download this letter and discuss it at chapter meetings.
  2. Friday May 12, 2017. Dominican Laity in positions of leadership are asked to prepare a brief resume highlighting their history of involvement with the Dominican Laity.

DLIPCPer Fr. Rui, there are to be no more new private members. All new members must be affiliated with a chapter, otherwise they cannot observe community life. Current private members are grandfathered in. Again, per Fr. Rui, dispensations for final promises are handled on a case by case basis. If a candidate is ill to the point of death and desires to make a final promise before dying, the chapter must get a dispensation from their respective provincial promoter. Should the person recover, their status will revert to what it was previously.

The ICLDF is planning the next International Congress to be held in Fatima Portugal, home town of Fr. Rui. Mr. Joe Komadina, OP will be attending as co-chair of the committee for Justice, Peace, and Care of Creation with Mr. Theophilus Atmadi, OP of Indonesia. There will be space for two persons from the Province of St. Albert the Great. If Mr. Jonathan Stahl, OP attends, there will be space for one additional attendee.

Ms. Marianne Jablonski, OP of the Province of St. Joseph proposed that the DLIPC produce a video of the Dominican Family in North America that could be used not only for formation, but also for promotion. The ideas was enthusiastically endorsed with promises of cooperation by the leadership of the Province of the Holy name of Jesus who have access to professional media people and equipment. We were asked to contact historians, artists, and others with something to contribute to the project and refer them to Ms. Marianne Jablonski, OP who volunteered to coordinate this project.

  1. Saturday May 13, 2017. We were reminded by Fr. Rui that the Rule, the Acts of the International Congresses, and the Declarations of the Master of the Order are binding on all without exception. The Guidelines or provincial Directories are provisional, in a sense, local.

Per Fr. Rui, persons who are vowed members of any Institutes for Consecrated Life, such as Opus Dei or the Consecrated Virgins, cannot be members of the Dominican Laity.

  1. All five North American provinces are dealing with the use of social media for communication and community. How do we as Dominican Laity include persons who live in isolated areas far from existing chapters? What about military personnel? If we allow virtual chapters, how do we maintain records, history, or membership information or choose leadership? Will we demand real, not virtual, meetings from time to time? Can we demand a certain level of involvement with parish life? All these questions were posed by Fr. Rui who is currently at work on a proposal regarding virtual chapters which he will submit to the Master of the Order when complete.

The meeting concluded with a dinner hosted by the Province of St. Joseph.

Respectfully submitted by
Ms. Sharon Huizenga, OP
May 23, 2017
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DLIPC May 11-14, 2017 Washington, DC Representatives from the four US provinces, Canada, and the ICDLF met with International Promoter Fr. Rui Lopes, OP in Washington DC May 11-14, 2017 at the Washington Retreat House of the Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement.   The meeting was hosted by the Province...
<strong>DLIPC May 11-14, 2017 Washington, DC </strong> Representatives from the four US provinces, Canada, and the ICDLF met with International Promoter Fr. Rui Lopes, OP in Washington DC May 11-14, 2017 at the Washington Retreat House of the Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement. <a href="http://www.fraternitiesop.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/57873A91180F41F3A0B343F8D45DB696.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-753 alignright" src="http://www.fraternitiesop.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/57873A91180F41F3A0B343F8D45DB696-300x168.jpg" alt="DLIPC" width="300" height="168" /></a>   The meeting was hosted by the Province of St. Joseph. Thanks to the attendance of the two friars, we were able to celebrate daily mass in addition to praying the office and our meeting was conducted in the context of prayer, sacrament, and preaching. <ul> <li>The ICDLF was represented by Mr. Joe Komadina, OP. Other representatives included:</li> <li>Province of St. Albert the Great: Mr. Jonathan Stahl, OP, Ms. Sharon Huizenga, OP, and Provincial Promoter Fr. Steve Kuhlmann, OP.</li> <li>Province of St. Joseph: Mrs. Cosette Heimann, OP, Ms. Marianne Jablonski, OP, and Mrs. Nancy Coleman, OP, recorder.</li> <li>Province of St. Martin de Porres: Dr. Joaquin Wong, OP and Mrs. Cynthia Donnelly, OP.</li> <li>Province of the Holy Name of Jesus: Mrs. Denise Harvey, OP and Mr. Michael Harvey, OP.</li> <li>Dominicains du Canada: Mrs. Christine Husson, OP and Mr. Konrad Hanz, OP.</li> </ul> <a href="http://www.fraternitiesop.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/foto01.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-754 alignright" src="http://www.fraternitiesop.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/foto01-300x169.jpg" alt="DLIPC" width="300" height="169" /></a>Meeting highlights, pending the publication of the minutes, plus excerpts from the provincial reports include the following: <ol> <li>The Province of the Holy Name of Jesus has 24 active chapters with 377 members. They are widely scattered and use Skype as needed for communication.. They have an online store for supplies. A northern California chapter with the help of Promoter Fr. Francis Le, OP is sponsoring a program of sending volunteer ESL teachers to Vietnam to teach English to Vietnamese priests.</li> <li>The Province of St. Martin de Porres has 21 active chapters with 370 members, Many of their chapters have social justice apostolates in addition to local parish involvement.</li> <li>The Eastern Province has 69 active chapters and 1033 members, divided among six regions. They revised their Directory (Guidelines to the Rule) in 2016 and hosted the ICDLF in Washington, DC. They are currently developing a program for the formation of Formation Directors.</li> <li>The Canadian Province covers a vast territory and is comprised of both French and English-speaking chapters. In cooperation with the friars and the sisters, the Canadian Laity are sponsoring Foyer du Monde, a facility in Montreal for housing refugees. It opened the week of the DLIPC and received two Syrian families who had walked through the winter snows to reach safety from the war.</li> <li>The Province of St Albert the Great has 21 active chapters with a wide variety of apostolates.</li> </ol> Other items of interest as follows: <ol> <li>Thursday May 11, 2017. Master of the Order Fr. Bruno Cadoré, OP has written a January 2017 Letter to the Order which is posted on the IDI hashtag at opcuria.org and we are encouraged to download this letter and discuss it at chapter meetings.</li> <li>Friday May 12, 2017. Dominican Laity in positions of leadership are asked to prepare a brief resume highlighting their history of involvement with the Dominican Laity.</li> </ol> <a href="http://www.fraternitiesop.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/foto03.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-756 alignleft" src="http://www.fraternitiesop.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/foto03-300x168.jpg" alt="DLIPC" width="300" height="168" /></a>Per Fr. Rui, there are to be no more new private members. All new members must be affiliated with a chapter, otherwise they cannot observe community life. Current private members are grandfathered in. Again, per Fr. Rui, dispensations for final promises are handled on a case by case basis. If a candidate is ill to the point of death and desires to make a final promise before dying, the chapter must get a dispensation from their respective provincial promoter. Should the person recover, their status will revert to what it was previously. The ICLDF is planning the next International Congress to be held in Fatima Portugal, home town of Fr. Rui. Mr. Joe Komadina, OP will be attending as co-chair of the committee for Justice, Peace, and Care of Creation with Mr. Theophilus Atmadi, OP of Indonesia. There will be space for two persons from the Province of St. Albert the Great. If Mr. Jonathan Stahl, OP attends, there will be space for one additional attendee. Ms. Marianne Jablonski, OP of the Province of St. Joseph proposed that the DLIPC produce a video of the Dominican Family in North America that could be used not only for formation, but also for promotion. The ideas was enthusiastically endorsed with promises of cooperation by the leadership of the Province of the Holy name of Jesus who have access to professional media people and equipment. We were asked to contact historians, artists, and others with something to contribute to the project and refer them to Ms. Marianne Jablonski, OP who volunteered to coordinate this project. <ol start="3"> <li>Saturday May 13, 2017. We were reminded by Fr. Rui that the Rule, the Acts of the International Congresses, and the Declarations of the Master of the Order are binding on all without exception. The Guidelines or provincial Directories are provisional, in a sense, local.</li> </ol> Per Fr. Rui, persons who are vowed members of any Institutes for Consecrated Life, such as Opus Dei or the Consecrated Virgins, cannot be members of the Dominican Laity. <ol start="4"> <li>All five North American provinces are dealing with the use of social media for communication and community. How do we as Dominican Laity include persons who live in isolated areas far from existing chapters? What about military personnel? If we allow virtual chapters, how do we maintain records, history, or membership information or choose leadership? Will we demand real, not virtual, meetings from time to time? Can we demand a certain level of involvement with parish life? All these questions were posed by Fr. Rui who is currently at work on a proposal regarding virtual chapters which he will submit to the Master of the Order when complete.</li> </ol> The meeting concluded with a dinner hosted by the Province of St. Joseph. Respectfully submitted by Ms. Sharon Huizenga, OP May 23, 2017 <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/" rel="license"><img style="border-width: 0;" src="https://i.creativecommons.org/l/by-nc-nd/4.0/88x31.png" alt="Creative Commons License" /></a> This work is licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/" rel="license">Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License</a>.

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