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Report for the European Assembly by European Member of the ICLDF

ICLDF – report for the European Assembly
Fatima, October 2017
by Mr. Klaus Bornewasser OP

Dear sisters and brothers,

I am very grateful to have the opportunity to make a short report as European member of the International Council of Lay Dominican Fraternities, the ICLDF. I will do it in two steps.

 

  1. The work of ICLDF

As you know there are five members – one from each Continent – belonging to the ICLDF. This team is, as the former Promoter General Br. David Kammler OP remarked, the “Managing Board” of Lay Dominican affairs worldwide between the International Assemblies, which take place every ten years.

I had and have the good luck to work together with a wonderful International team

  • Belen from Asia and Oceania
  • Hector from Latin America
  • Joseph from North America
  • Felix from Africa

and two excellent Promoters General during the last few years: first with the aforementioned David Kammler, my esteemed German brother, and now with Br. Rui Carlos Antunes e Almeida Lopes. Both have accompanied our work and our service with creativity, well-founded advice and great fraternity. Dear Rui, I would like to thank you very much today for all that and for your wonderful and cordial human kindness and friendship!

How do we work together?

Our team is in contact by email over the year and meets personally once a year. Then one of the members is host in his/her country or in a country of his/her continent. These meetings are important for various reasons:

  • The reports from the different regions from all over the world make clear where we have common ground, but also differences in the way of collaboration in the Dominican Family or in the society we live in. It also becomes clear during our discussions, how wise the decision of Montreal was long years ago, to have a short and precise rule with the possibility for each Province to create a Directory for the needs of that Province in the context of its special Dominican life.
  • Another point is important, too. Each one of us has her/his own personal experiences of faith. But these experiences are characterized by the circumstances in which we live: culture, climate, importance of family, society, politics, economy and much more. In this context we discover how important it is that we belong as Dominicans to the universal Catholic Church and come together as Christians and not as
  • That ensures the richness of everybody’s experiences in working and preaching.

Beside our annual short reports from the five regions we represent, of course we have a lot of other themes to reflect on and to discuss. Some points from the last few meetings:

  • An ICLDF website is going to be built up.
  • Jubilee of the Order from November 2015 till January 2017
  • International Lay Dominican Congress in 2018
  • Ideas for a revision of the ICLDF statutes
  • Themes and programme for the International Assembly
  • and others…

And besides our discussions we have the good chance to see different Dominican Projects in the countries we visit. Let me give you one example:

When we met in Manila/Philippines we had the opportunity to visit a hospital which works only for homeless people living in the streets. Hundreds of thousands of them live in Manila. A sister told me the only city in the world with more people living in streets would be Calcutta, India. This Hospital – its name is “Martin de Porres Charity Hospital” – was built in 1959 as a small first aid station by Lay Dominicans and is now a real hospital, where the poorest of the poor can come without money to get medical help in Outpatients, Surgery, Gynaecology, Internal Medicine, Heart Disease and Cancer. The medical Director, the Director of Administration, and the Head Nurses – they all are to this very day Lay Dominicans, even some of the doctors. That is part of the guidelines of this hospital. Others of the doctors, for instance a very famous heart specialist from the Manila Medical University, come twice a week for consultation hours to this hospital – without payment! In 2013 more than 12,000 people were able to find help in inpatient treatment and more than 48,000 in outpatients. Isn’t it a miracle, a wonderful gift of human dignity to those who suffer material need and would not find help in a state hospital, where they would have to pay first before any treatment begins? Isn’t it wonderful, that all this help is organised by local Lay Dominicans?

Let me come to the second step, although I could tell you so much more of interesting, sometimes shocking, sometimes very touching and moving, sometimes even funny experiences. Therefore I would like to come back for a moment to the important theme of Justice and Peace. To develop great ideas and concepts is one thing – but to remember those who cannot live in peace, who suffer under injustice and poverty, that is something like a holy duty for all of us. That is one reason that we have chosen for the International Assembly in 2018 the following topic:

“Our Future: Justice, Peace and Care of Creation”

 

  1. Finances

I promise that this point will be shorter than the first one. But I must speak about finances, because they are very important not only for the European Council, but also and in the same way for the International Council!

I know very well that it is hard to get the money of other people, but this is my job as a treasurer!  And as Treasurer of the ICLDF I have to quote a word of Benjamin Franklin (1706 – 1790), who once said: “There are three faithful friends: an old wife, an old dog and liquid money!”

My dear sisters and brothers, I have a wonderful wife, who sometimes looks old, but only because she has been married to me for nearly 43 years.  I have a ten-year-old dog, too. The only thing I have not as ICLDF-Treasurer is liquid money! That makes for sleepless nights, and that is not healthy for me. Because I know, that you as my sisters and brothers want to keep me healthy I plead you here and today:

Don’t forget the annual contribution to the ICLDF-account!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Provinces or Vicariates, which pay regularly the established contribution of 1,50 € per person per year. But unfortunately there are not a few Provinces/Vicariates, which pay only from time to time or never.

You all can imagine that this is not helpful to the planning and organization of the International Congress next year. At the moment we are missing more than 60.000 €, otherwise we can’t hold the Congress! Our whole ICLDF-team is trying to get money through fundraising during these weeks and of course we do not miss only European money. But my duty as European ICLDF-member is to ask you all here and now, to pay the annual contribution, if you have not yet done so, for the last, the current and the coming year at least till March 2018. In addition, we are grateful for any small or large donation! And perhaps you know people outside the Order, who would support us.

Perhaps you remember my letter from last autumn – sent by e-mail.  I regret to tell you that it had not the expected resonance in Europe. It is not my intention to blame or accuse any participant or Province here. That is the reason why I will not tell here in public, who pays or who does not. Therefore I propose to make a kind of “consultation hour” during the next days at certain times, so that every one of you can check with me the actual situation of her/his Province and get from me all needed information concerning the ICLDF-account, which is managed in the Curia of our Order in Rome. I cordially ask you to use this time for a conversation with me!

I will come to the end. I remember with great thanks the last European Assembly in Bologna. There you nominated me for the service in the ICLDF a second time, although the statutes do not allow this. So I am also grateful to our Master Bruno Cadoré for his dispensation. All the years of my service in the ICLDF have been years of work and years of joy, for I had the good luck to get to know our Order in its global dimension. This has sharpened my consciousness on the one hand, and on the other hand it has opened my heart to the needs and sorrows of so many people. I can promise to my successor, who will be elected at this meeting: you will have a lot of new experiences which will change your view of the world and will give you marvellous encounters with people. It’s a wonderful gift!

A final personal word: When I leave my service in the ICLDF at the end of next year, I can look back on exactly 40 years of various senior services in our Order – National, European and worldwide. This was not only work, sometimes associated with a little bit of hassles – mostly it was joy and a real gift.

I thank God for a wonderful time – and I thank you for your patience!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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<strong>ICLDF - report for the European Assembly </strong><strong>Fatima, October 2017 </strong><strong>by Mr. Klaus Bornewasser OP</strong> Dear sisters and brothers, I am very grateful to have the opportunity to make a short report as <a href="http://www.fraternitiesop.com/slider/icldf-meeting-quito-ecuador/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">European member of the International Council of Lay Dominican Fraternities,</a> the ICLDF. I will do it in two steps.   <ol> <li><strong>The work of ICLDF</strong></li> </ol> As you know there are five members – one from each Continent – belonging to the ICLDF. This team is, as the former Promoter General Br. David Kammler OP remarked, the “Managing Board” of Lay Dominican affairs worldwide between the International Assemblies, which take place every ten years. I had and have the good luck to work together with a wonderful International team <ul> <li>Belen from Asia and Oceania</li> <li>Hector from Latin America</li> <li>Joseph from North America</li> <li>Felix from Africa</li> </ul> and two excellent Promoters General during the last few years: first with the aforementioned David Kammler, my esteemed German brother, and now with Br. Rui Carlos Antunes e Almeida Lopes. Both have accompanied our work and our service with creativity, well-founded advice and great fraternity. Dear Rui, I would like to thank you very much today for all that and for your wonderful and cordial human kindness and friendship! How do we work together? Our team is in contact by email over the year and meets personally once a year. Then one of the members is host in his/her country or in a country of his/her continent. These meetings are important for various reasons: <ul> <li>The reports from the different regions from all over the world make clear where we have common ground, but also differences in the way of collaboration in the Dominican Family or in the society we live in. It also becomes clear during our discussions, how wise the decision of Montreal was long years ago, to have a short and precise rule with the possibility for each Province to create a Directory for the needs of that Province in the context of its special Dominican life.</li> <li>Another point is important, too. Each one of us has her/his own personal experiences of faith. But these experiences are characterized by the circumstances in which we live: culture, climate, importance of family, society, politics, economy and much more. In this context we discover how important it is that we belong as Dominicans to the universal Catholic Church and come together as Christians and not as</li> <li>That ensures the richness of everybody’s experiences in working and preaching.</li> </ul> Beside our annual short reports from the five regions we represent, of course we have a lot of other themes to reflect on and to discuss. Some points from the last few meetings: <ul> <li>An ICLDF website is going to be built up.</li> <li>Jubilee of the Order from November 2015 till January 2017</li> <li>International Lay Dominican Congress in 2018</li> <li>Ideas for a revision of the ICLDF statutes</li> <li>Themes and programme for the International Assembly</li> <li>and others…</li> </ul> And besides our discussions we have the good chance to see different Dominican Projects in the countries we visit. Let me give you one example: When we met in Manila/Philippines we had the opportunity to visit a hospital which works only for homeless people living in the streets. Hundreds of thousands of them live in Manila. A sister told me the only city in the world with more people living in streets would be Calcutta, India. This Hospital – its name is “Martin de Porres Charity Hospital” – was built in 1959 as a small first aid station by Lay Dominicans and is now a real hospital, where the poorest of the poor can come without money to get medical help in Outpatients, Surgery, Gynaecology, Internal Medicine, Heart Disease and Cancer. The medical Director, the Director of Administration, and the Head Nurses – they all are to this very day Lay Dominicans, even some of the doctors. That is part of the guidelines of this hospital. Others of the doctors, for instance a very famous heart specialist from the Manila Medical University, come twice a week for consultation hours to this hospital – without payment! In 2013 more than 12,000 people were able to find help in inpatient treatment and more than 48,000 in outpatients. Isn’t it a miracle, a wonderful gift of human dignity to those who suffer material need and would not find help in a state hospital, where they would have to pay first before any treatment begins? Isn’t it wonderful, that all this help is organised by local Lay Dominicans? Let me come to the second step, although I could tell you so much more of interesting, sometimes shocking, sometimes very touching and moving, sometimes even funny experiences. Therefore I would like to come back for a moment to the important theme of Justice and Peace. To develop great ideas and concepts is one thing – but to remember those who cannot live in peace, who suffer under injustice and poverty, that is something like a holy duty for all of us. That is one reason that we have chosen for the International Assembly in 2018 the following topic: <strong>“Our Future: Justice, Peace and Care of Creation”</strong> <strong> </strong> <ol start="2"> <li><strong>Finances</strong></li> </ol> I promise that this point will be shorter than the first one. But I must speak about finances, because they are very important not only for the European Council, but also and in the same way for the International Council! I know very well that it is hard to get the money of other people, but this is my job as a treasurer!  And as Treasurer of the ICLDF I have to quote a word of Benjamin Franklin (1706 – 1790), who once said: “There are three faithful friends: an old wife, an old dog and liquid money!” My dear sisters and brothers, I have a wonderful wife, who sometimes looks old, but only because she has been married to me for nearly 43 years.  I have a ten-year-old dog, too. The only thing I have not as ICLDF-Treasurer is liquid money! That makes for sleepless nights, and that is not healthy for me. Because I know, that you as my sisters and brothers want to keep me healthy I plead you here and today: <strong>Don’t forget the annual contribution to the ICLDF-account!</strong> I would like to take this opportunity to thank Provinces or Vicariates, which pay regularly the established contribution of 1,50 € per person per year. But unfortunately there are not a few Provinces/Vicariates, which pay only from time to time or never. You all can imagine that this is not helpful to the planning and organization of the International Congress next year. At the moment we are missing more than 60.000 €, otherwise we can’t hold the Congress! Our whole ICLDF-team is trying to get money through fundraising during these weeks and of course we do not miss only European money. But my duty as European ICLDF-member is to ask you all here and now, to pay the annual contribution, if you have not yet done so, for the last, the current and the coming year at least till March 2018. In addition, we are grateful for any small or large donation! And perhaps you know people outside the Order, who would support us. Perhaps you remember my letter from last autumn – sent by e-mail.  I regret to tell you that it had not the expected resonance in Europe. It is not my intention to blame or accuse any participant or Province here. That is the reason why I will not tell here in public, who pays or who does not. Therefore I propose to make a kind of “consultation hour” during the next days at certain times, so that every one of you can check with me the actual situation of her/his Province and get from me all needed information concerning the ICLDF-account, which is managed in the Curia of our Order in Rome. I cordially ask you to use this time for a conversation with me! I will come to the end. I remember with great thanks the last European Assembly in Bologna. There you nominated me for the service in the ICLDF a second time, although the statutes do not allow this. So I am also grateful to our Master Bruno Cadoré for his dispensation. All the years of my service in the ICLDF have been years of work and years of joy, for I had the good luck to get to know our Order in its global dimension. This has sharpened my consciousness on the one hand, and on the other hand it has opened my heart to the needs and sorrows of so many people. I can promise to my successor, who will be elected at this meeting: you will have a lot of new experiences which will change your view of the world and will give you marvellous encounters with people. It’s a wonderful gift! A final personal word: When I leave my service in the ICLDF at the end of next year, I can look back on exactly 40 years of various senior services in our Order – National, European and worldwide. This was not only work, sometimes associated with a little bit of hassles – mostly it was joy and a real gift. I thank God for a wonderful time – and I thank you for your patience!           <strong> </strong>

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