Klaus Bornewasser

Klaus Bornewasser: final report

Final  report of my work as

Treasurer of the ICLDF

from July 2012 till May 2019

– Klaus Bornewasser –

  

Dear sisters and brothers,

everything has it’s time – and my time as a member oft he ICLDF will end in a few days. That’s why I want to take the opportunity to give a short report about my work during the last years. I will not do it like we make minutes from our meetings, I will say something, what has been important for me and also about personal experiences that have shaped my heart and my mind.

I took over my office from Eva Kameniarova, a wonderful Lay Dominican sister from Slovakia, in July 2012. Although it was my first meeting as member of the ICLDF the former Promotor General, fr. David Kammler OP, asked me to be host of the meeting in my hometown Düsseldorf/Germany. It was not easy, to organize and to get to know the work and the structure of the ICLDF at the same time, but sometimes it seems to be good to be thrown into cold water!

It was very good to get to learn Dominican sisters and brothers from all over the world during the following years. First here in our ICLDF-team – Lay Dominicans with very different personal temperaments, personal, familiar and social backgrounds, different political, religious and spiritual experiences – but all of us faithful, real catholic Dominicans.

This also applies to our meetings in different countries on different continents. I have learned very quick, that my German, perhaps even my European thinking has not much to do with the reality of Catholicism all over the world or better: what we call „World Church“. It was wonderful to experience, how people in all these countries think about the same Jesus Christ, pray to Him, sing, celebrate the liturgy – and live their daily life under very different, sometimes extremely poor and hard conditions.

I remember full of respect and with great reverence for the doctors, sisters and involved Lay Dominicans of the „St. Martin de Porres Charity Hospital“ in Manila. Lay Dominicans have built up this hospital, it works almost exclusilively on donations. We had the wonderful chance to visit this hospital during our annual meeting 2014 in Manila, where Belen was a wonderful host. And we learned, that in this hospital the poorest oft he poors get help: every year more than 13.000 mostly homeless people get help there as inpatients and more than 50.000 homeless people as outpatients. And none of these poor people are asked about their religion or origin, they get help because they cannot pay a doctor! It was an impressive and at the same time even a shameful experience, especially when coming from the rich Germany. Other experiences I can add at once: The impressive work of Sister Claudia with Indios, when we have been guests in Mexico City 2013. Dominican, cultural and daily life in Ecuador, my visits in Vietnam and Hongkong, where I got to know something about the Catholic life in China this year – and even the way to find new ways of working, living and praying together as Lay Dominicans or Dominican Family in different European Countries and Provinces, as we have seen it for instance in Italy and Spain! And there are more other examples.

I really can say: to work in the ICLDF can expand heart and mind, can direct one’s gaze to the essential, makes much of your own environment seem banal and less important. At least I felt in this way. And it gives new views of faith, of solidarity between people, it lets grow new generosity in thinking and acting, more tolerance. I am very grateful for so many good and sometimes new experiences!

But of course I even had an office, I was responsible as Treasurer for the finances of the ICLDF. And of course I must say something about this work, for it is an important part of this final report. Yesterday we already had the good chance to discuss a lot of problems and even a lot of good financial preparations for the International Assembly last October in Fatima. And we will have the chance at the end of my report to discuss ways, how to get more motivation and discipline from our Provinces, to pay the annual contribution.

I personally think it was very good, to combine the themes of „Communication“ and „Finances“ in one Commission at the International Congress. It belongs together. To get money from our sisters and brothers all over the world we need a good communication of our work and a self-evident transparency. It will be the work of the new ICLDF-team, to force this, so that we finally receive the annual contribution, which is 1,50 Euro per person and year, from all the Provinces and Vicariates as it was decided again in Fatima. That is important, to get the financial independence in our Order, as it is needed and desirable. And – as I predicted in Fatima – it would help to finance a lot of Lay Dominican events worldwide as well as International Assemblies in future and certainly some acts of Charity in our Order, where they are needed!

We even spoke yesterday about our financial problems, which were left by the African pilgrimage beside the International Congress. May I advise once more, never again to allow any Lay Dominican group, to reserve rooms in a hotel, convent or monastery in connection with an ICLDF-Congress or –meeting, that never again the ICLDF can be held accountable.

We promised at the Congress, to publish every year in the course of the 1st quarter the „Financial Report“ from the past year. Rui and I decided in January to move it, to find a way together here in Rome, how we can describe what happened without damaging all our African sisters and brothers as a whole. I hope, that we will find a way to do it.

My dear brothers and sisters, I come to the end of my report. I was elected as European member of the ICLDF in May 2011 during the European Assembly in Caleruega. My period of office began in July 2012. The European Assembly in Bologna three years later insisted on re-electing me, although the statutes do not foresee a second term. After the recommendation of fr. Rui a good conversation with our Master, fr. Bruno Cadore, he decided to give dispension from the statutes for three years. This was extended till today because of preparation, implementation and reworking of the International Congress until the end of this month. So three years have become seven!

As I told you in the beginning:

  • many good encounters with lovable, interesting people,
  • the opportunity to see something new, to learn something new,
  • to get to know the living conditions of people in other countries and continents,
  • to get to know these countries and Continents by travelling after our meetings,

all this has made me rich and therefore the seven years were more a pleasure than a burden! For that I thank God and St. Dominic!

First of all, I apologize for what I might have done wrong. And when I eventually have hurt someone with words, I’m very sorry!

As a second I have to thank you all, because the cooperation with you has always been fantastic and sibling, especially during the last years, when we had to prepare the Congress of Fatima.

I thank Belen, who was always very generously and modestly, very charming and full of helpful, good ideas. I thank Hector, who has become something of a relative brother to me. I will miss your humor, your factual and inspiring way of working. I thank Joe Komadina, who had always good ideas – not only for financial support – and who made us laugh when things didn’t go on. And I also like to remember all the other sisters and brothers who worked in this team during the last years. A special thank to the Syndics of the Order and their assistant sisters, who are very important for our work in the ICLDF. And a special thank to Ruth Anne Henderson and Edoardo Mattei. Both were personally and professionally a great help for our work here, even for the treasurer! And last but not least I thank our Promotor General. Dear Rui, after the good, but short time with your German predecessor David Kammler, I had the good luck to be at your side for six years. I do not want to miss any of these years! Thank you for a lot of trusting phone calls. Thank you for all your support, your prayers and liturgies, your sincerity, for everything with which you ultimately have enriched me and the whole team!

Once more to all of you: Thank you, I will miss you all!

Cordial regards and hugs from my wife Ulrike. She would have liked to come to Rome with me to meet you again, but we have craftsmen in the house because we get a new heater for the winter. I shall great you and say that the encounters with you have enriched her and that she will miss you, too.

I wish all new members of the ICLDF good luck and the rich blessing of God, especially to my European successor Gabriel Silva. I know, that you will make a good job in this team and that you will have your compratiot Rui Carlos on your side still for at least one year. I know from my own experience in my first year: that is helpful!

Maybe I will have the opportunity to meet the one or the other of you again – where and for whatever reason! It would be great!

Thank you and again: God bless!

 

 

 

 

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<!-- wp:tadv/classic-paragraph --> <h1 style="text-align: center;"><strong>Final  report of my work as </strong></h1> <h1 style="text-align: center;"><strong>Treasurer of the ICLDF </strong></h1> <h1 style="text-align: center;"><strong>from July 2012 till May 2019</strong></h1> <h3 style="text-align: center;">- Klaus Bornewasser -</h3> <p><strong> </strong><strong> </strong></p> <p>Dear sisters and brothers,</p> <p>everything has it’s time – and my time as a member oft he ICLDF will end in a few days. That’s why I want to take the opportunity to give a short report about my work during the last years. I will not do it like we make minutes from our meetings, I will say something, what has been important for me and also about personal experiences that have shaped my heart and my mind.</p> <p>I took over my office from Eva Kameniarova, a wonderful Lay Dominican sister from Slovakia, in July 2012. Although it was my first meeting as member of the ICLDF the former Promotor General, fr. David Kammler OP, asked me to be host of the meeting in my hometown Düsseldorf/Germany. It was not easy, to organize and to get to know the work and the structure of the ICLDF at the same time, but sometimes it seems to be good to be thrown into cold water!</p> <p>It was very good to get to learn Dominican sisters and brothers from all over the world during the following years. First here in our ICLDF-team – Lay Dominicans with very different personal temperaments, personal, familiar and social backgrounds, different political, religious and spiritual experiences – but all of us faithful, real catholic Dominicans.</p> <p>This also applies to our meetings in different countries on different continents. I have learned very quick, that my German, perhaps even my European thinking has not much to do with the reality of Catholicism all over the world or better: what we call „World Church“. It was wonderful to experience, how people in all these countries think about the same Jesus Christ, pray to Him, sing, celebrate the liturgy - and live their daily life under very different, sometimes extremely poor and hard conditions.</p> <p>I remember full of respect and with great reverence for the doctors, sisters and involved Lay Dominicans of the „St. Martin de Porres Charity Hospital“ in Manila. Lay Dominicans have built up this hospital, it works almost exclusilively on donations. We had the wonderful chance to visit this hospital during our annual meeting 2014 in Manila, where Belen was a wonderful host. And we learned, that in this hospital the poorest oft he poors get help: every year more than 13.000 mostly homeless people get help there as inpatients and more than 50.000 homeless people as outpatients. And none of these poor people are asked about their religion or origin, they get help because they cannot pay a doctor! It was an impressive and at the same time even a shameful experience, especially when coming from the rich Germany. Other experiences I can add at once: The impressive work of Sister Claudia with Indios, when we have been guests in Mexico City 2013. Dominican, cultural and daily life in Ecuador, my visits in Vietnam and Hongkong, where I got to know something about the Catholic life in China this year – and even the way to find new ways of working, living and praying together as Lay Dominicans or Dominican Family in different European Countries and Provinces, as we have seen it for instance in Italy and Spain! And there are more other examples.</p> <p>I really can say: to work in the ICLDF can expand heart and mind, can direct one’s gaze to the essential, makes much of your own environment seem banal and less important. At least I felt in this way. And it gives new views of faith, of solidarity between people, it lets grow new generosity in thinking and acting, more tolerance. I am very grateful for so many good and sometimes new experiences!</p> <p>But of course I even had an office, I was responsible as Treasurer for the finances of the ICLDF. And of course I must say something about this work, for it is an important part of this final report. Yesterday we already had the good chance to discuss a lot of problems and even a lot of good financial preparations for the International Assembly last October in Fatima. And we will have the chance at the end of my report to discuss ways, how to get more motivation and discipline from our Provinces, to pay the annual contribution.</p> <p>I personally think it was very good, to combine the themes of „Communication“ and „Finances“ in one Commission at the International Congress. It belongs together. To get money from our sisters and brothers all over the world we need a good communication of our work and a self-evident transparency. It will be the work of the new ICLDF-team, to force this, so that we finally receive the annual contribution, which is 1,50 Euro per person and year, from all the Provinces and Vicariates as it was decided again in Fatima. That is important, to get the financial independence in our Order, as it is needed and desirable. And – as I predicted in Fatima – it would help to finance a lot of Lay Dominican events worldwide as well as International Assemblies in future and certainly some acts of Charity in our Order, where they are needed!</p> <p>We even spoke yesterday about our financial problems, which were left by the African pilgrimage beside the International Congress. May I advise once more, never again to allow any Lay Dominican group, to reserve rooms in a hotel, convent or monastery in connection with an ICLDF-Congress or –meeting, that never again the ICLDF can be held accountable.</p> <p>We promised at the Congress, to publish every year in the course of the 1st quarter the „Financial Report“ from the past year. Rui and I decided in January to move it, to find a way together here in Rome, how we can describe what happened without damaging all our African sisters and brothers as a whole. I hope, that we will find a way to do it.</p> <p>My dear brothers and sisters, I come to the end of my report. I was elected as European member of the ICLDF in May 2011 during the European Assembly in Caleruega. My period of office began in July 2012. The European Assembly in Bologna three years later insisted on re-electing me, although the statutes do not foresee a second term. After the recommendation of fr. Rui a good conversation with our Master, fr. Bruno Cadore, he decided to give dispension from the statutes for three years. This was extended till today because of preparation, implementation and reworking of the International Congress until the end of this month. So three years have become seven!</p> <p>As I told you in the beginning:</p> <ul> <li>many good encounters with lovable, interesting people,</li> <li>the opportunity to see something new, to learn something new,</li> <li>to get to know the living conditions of people in other countries and continents,</li> <li>to get to know these countries and Continents by travelling after our meetings,</li> </ul> <p>all this has made me rich and therefore the seven years were more a pleasure than a burden! For that I thank God and St. Dominic!</p> <p>First of all, I apologize for what I might have done wrong. And when I eventually have hurt someone with words, I'm very sorry!</p> <p>As a second I have to thank you all, because the cooperation with you has always been fantastic and sibling, especially during the last years, when we had to prepare the Congress of Fatima.</p> <p>I thank Belen, who was always very generously and modestly, very charming and full of helpful, good ideas. I thank Hector, who has become something of a relative brother to me. I will miss your humor, your factual and inspiring way of working. I thank Joe Komadina, who had always good ideas – not only for financial support – and who made us laugh when things didn’t go on. And I also like to remember all the other sisters and brothers who worked in this team during the last years. A special thank to the Syndics of the Order and their assistant sisters, who are very important for our work in the ICLDF. And a special thank to Ruth Anne Henderson and Edoardo Mattei. Both were personally and professionally a great help for our work here, even for the treasurer! And last but not least I thank our Promotor General. Dear Rui, after the good, but short time with your German predecessor David Kammler, I had the good luck to be at your side for six years. I do not want to miss any of these years! Thank you for a lot of trusting phone calls. Thank you for all your support, your prayers and liturgies, your sincerity, for everything with which you ultimately have enriched me and the whole team!</p> <p>Once more to all of you: Thank you, I will miss you all!</p> <p>Cordial regards and hugs from my wife Ulrike. She would have liked to come to Rome with me to meet you again, but we have craftsmen in the house because we get a new heater for the winter. I shall great you and say that the encounters with you have enriched her and that she will miss you, too.</p> <p>I wish all new members of the ICLDF good luck and the rich blessing of God, especially to my European successor Gabriel Silva. I know, that you will make a good job in this team and that you will have your compratiot Rui Carlos on your side still for at least one year. I know from my own experience in my first year: that is helpful!</p> <p>Maybe I will have the opportunity to meet the one or the other of you again – where and for whatever reason! It would be great!</p> <p>Thank you and again: God bless!</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <!-- /wp:tadv/classic-paragraph -->

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  1. Thank you Klaus for your fine words in relation to your 7yrs on the ICLDF. Of course it was most unusual having to include our 800yrs Jubilee and also the 2018 Fatima, Portugal International Congress, which of course was the reason your Term of Office was extended, with permission of course from Our Master fr Bruno Cadore, OP. Having been on the ICLDF myself, the term before you, it was good to read of your experiences during your travels for the Annual ICLDF Meetings. As Professed Lay Dominicans we are most fortunate to be living at this time by having witnessed the huge changes to our RULE in 1985 Montreal, followed by Argentina 2007 and most recently Fatima, Portugal 2018. The establishment of the ICLDF and collection of names etc for the data base has now been completed. The change over of ICLDF members with 2 or 3 remaining for continuity has worked extremely well. Thank you all including Ruth Anne Henderson who works tirelessly for our Dominican Laity. Congratulations to Gabriel Silva who is taking the position representing the ECLDF. Gabriel and I met in Manila, Philippines in Octobef 2000, for the First Dominican Family Gathering, called by our then Master Timothy Radcliffe, OP. It was our introduction to fr Jerry Stookey, OP as our very first Promoter General of the Dominican Laity. The wonderful zeal that I came away with has kept me going all of these years. Thank you fr Rui Lopes, OP and thank you ICLDF.

    Public CommentUserThank you Klaus for your fine words in relation to your 7yrs on the ICLDF. Of course it was most unusual having to include our 800yrs Jubilee and also the 2018 Fatima, Portugal International Congress, which of course was the reason your Term of Office was extended, with permission of course from Our Master fr Bruno Cadore, OP. Having been on the ICLDF myself, the term before you, it was good to read of your experiences during your travels for the Annual ICLDF Meetings. As Professed Lay Dominicans we are most fortunate to be living at this time by having witnessed the huge changes to our RULE in 1985 Montreal, followed by Argentina 2007 and most recently Fatima, Portugal 2018. The establishment of the ICLDF and collection of names etc for the data base has now been completed. The change over of ICLDF members with 2 or 3 remaining for continuity has worked extremely well. Thank you all including Ruth Anne Henderson who works tirelessly for our Dominican Laity. Congratulations to Gabriel Silva who is taking the position representing the ECLDF. Gabriel and I met in Manila, Philippines in Octobef 2000, for the First Dominican Family Gathering, called by our then Master Timothy Radcliffe, OP. It was our introduction to fr Jerry Stookey, OP as our very first Promoter General of the Dominican Laity. The wonderful zeal that I came away with has kept me going all of these years. Thank you fr Rui Lopes, OP and thank you ICLDF.

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