Fr Rui Lopes op: Principles

Dear friends,

Here are some indications regarding the legislation which has reached you. First and foremost, I ask the members of the ICLDF to communicate it as quickly as possible to their regions.

I have delivered the document to you as signed by the Master of the Order. The original of the document was written in English (apart from the text of the Rule) and you must always refer to that text if you find something difficult to interpret.

Don’t worry if you find the text of the Rule in Latin. It is the same Rule as you already have, apart from

n° 20 c): A Provincial President and a Provincial Council of Lay Dominicans is to be elected by the fraternities, in accordance with the norms of their particular directory. This council will elect the Provincial President of the Laity; and

21 b): The president and the council of the fraternity are elected for a set time and in accordance with the manner established by the particular directory.

When you print the text of the Rule, do not forget to publish the decree of approval dated 1987, which you already know, signed by Cardinal Hammer, the text of the Master of the Order Damian Byrne, and the text of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, which approves changes to the Rule and which I also send you at this time.

The declarations form a new body: from now on the preceding declarations will not be published, having been abrogated by the new declarations; as you see they are separated by titles which will help you when you consult them. I want to remind you that the provincial directories must be in agreement with the Rule and the Declarations: please revise the Directories to bring them up to date.

I wish to draw your attention to a certain number of points:

  • n° 4 which tells us that if anyone wants to make statements or anything of the sort in the press, on the Internet etc., in the name of the lay Fraternities, s/he must have the authorisation of the competent authority, defined by the Directories.

  • n° 6 § II which tells us how far we can go for the integration of members of the IDYM, limiting it, always at the discretion of the Council of the Fraternity, to being flexible in the stages leading to one year of temporary promise.

  • n° 10 tells us how to go about making a directory: it must be done by the Lay Provincial Council, then proposed to the Prior Provincial and his council who must propose it to the Master of the Order with their opinion for his approval. If he considers it opportune, the Master of the Order may make amendments and after he has given his approval, the text will be sent to the Prior Provincial for him to promulgate it.

  • n° 16 §§ I and II indicate who may be religious assistant of a Fraternity and what to do if s/he is not under the jurisdiction of the Prior Provincial.

  • n° 18 §§ I, II and III speak of the Provincial Promoter: the text is new and tells us that the Provincial Promoter is appointed for four years and can serve not more than two consecutive mandates.

  • n° 19 provides us with a guide for the elections and how they should be carried out.

Please work on these points in the Fraternities. I remind you that these norms come into force on 24 May 2019.

I want to thank again the group who have helped me in this work: Edoardo Mattei, Ruth Anne Henderson, Bénédicte Jerebzoff and Maro Botica. Thank you so very much.

Finally, thanks to the Procurator of the Order and the Master of the Order for their invaluable support and collaboration, which made it possible to have these norms.

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Dear friends, Here are some indications regarding the legislation which has reached you. First and foremost, I ask the members of the ICLDF to communicate it as quickly as possible to their regions. I have delivered the document to you as signed by the Master of the Order. The original of...
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1 thought on “Fr Rui Lopes op: Principles”

  1. On this special Feast Day of Blessed Pier Georgio Frassati Lay Dominican I not only send you Greetings my dearest Prior Provincial but thank you for the enormous amount of work that you and our Lay Dominicans listed above, have put into the important additions but also making some of the important items perfectly clear.
    The imoortant position of Provincial Promoter, has never before been so clearly explained which can often lead to errors of judgement regarding this role.
    Also the emphasis on keeping our own Directories up to date, at all times. This Directory goes hand in hand with our Rule once updated by 24th May, 2019.

    Public CommentUserOn this special Feast Day of Blessed Pier Georgio Frassati Lay Dominican I not only send you Greetings my dearest Prior Provincial but thank you for the enormous amount of work that you and our Lay Dominicans listed above, have put into the important additions but also making some of the important items perfectly clear. The imoortant position of Provincial Promoter, has never before been so clearly explained which can often lead to errors of judgement regarding this role. Also the emphasis on keeping our own Directories up to date, at all times. This Directory goes hand in hand with our Rule once updated by 24th May, 2019.

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