From 17th to 21st January 2017 over 650 members of the Dominican Family from all over the world came together at the Angelicum in Rome, to celebrate our 800th Anniversary and to reflect on the Future Mission of the Order. We were invited by Fr Bruno Cadoré to reflect and find the answer to two questions “How to make the Gospel today Good News for all, for those who believe and those who do not believe? And secondly, beginning from our experience, how can we offer the Church a specific human and Christian service?”
Day one focused on naming the issues that face the world today and how Dominicans can respond to these “signs of the times.” The keynote address of the first day revolved around seeing each human being as a “gospel and sacred text” and to interact with humanity in a way that allows us to bring God to those we meet.
On day two the keynote address stressed how preaching is an encounter with the other, and the formal and informal nature of preaching through body language and common conversation.
Day three centered on the theme of being sent and what that means to each of us. Fr. Bruno Cadoré spoke on how being sent should be seen as a deep listening to the will of God and to watch, wait, and assist in the birth and rebirth of humanity.
Over 2,500 Dominicans joined with Pope Frances and Father Bruno Cadoré in celebrating the Closing Liturgy of the 800th Jubilee of the Order. It was celebrated in the Basilica of Saint John Lateran.
Extract from Pope Francis Homily: “message” to the Dominican Family:
“Today, we give glory to the Father for the work that Saint Dominic carried out, full of the light and salt of Christ, 800 years ago; a work at the service of the Gospel, preached with the word and with life; a work that, with the grace of the Holy Spirit, has helped so many men and women to not be dispersed in the midst of the ‘carnival’ of worldly curiosity, but who instead savoured the taste of healthy doctrine, the taste of the Gospel and became in turn light and salt, craftsmen of good works … and true brothers and sisters that glorify God and enable others to glorify God with the good works of life.”