A Message to the
Members of the Dominican Family
from Fanjeaux, May 2006
April 28-May 4, 2006 the International Commissions of the Order
met in France to rekindle the fire of Dominic's Vision. Here is their
message to the Dominican Family
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We, members of the International Commissions of the Dominican Order,
meeting with the Master of the Order in Fanjeaux to celebrate the
800th anniversary of St Dominic’s founding of Prouilhe, wish
to share with the worldwide Dominican family our reflections, ideas
and commitments to enrich the holy preaching at this momentous time
in the Order’s history.
• We commit ourselves to renewing Dominic’s vision of
a family together in mission.
• We commit ourselves to knowing all branches of the family
better and to working together in harmony, mutual respect and truth.
• We commit ourselves to finding spaces to preach together as
• We commit ourselves to finding new, innovative ways of preaching
that will especially touch the poor, the young and the aged.
• We commit ourselves to finding ways to link and nourish our
prayer and mission.
• We commit ourselves to be more welcoming to all the other
branches of the Order.
• We commit ourselves to a more attentive listening to the world
as a fundamental Dominican value.
• We commit ourselves to working for justice together as a family.
• We commit ourselves to being in solidarity with those at the
margins of society.
From these general commitments, kindled by the fire of Dominic’s
vision by being present in these holy places, we urge all branches
of the Dominican family in this period of jubilee, to:-
• Be involved in mission by adopting local projects developed
and implemented by all branches of the Order together
• Deepen our prayer life by praying the jubilee prayer prepared
for us by the nuns of the Order and joining their liturgies in their
monasteries wherever possible
• Work for justice by joining the rest of the Church in realizing
the Millennium Development Goals, signed by all governments in 2000,
to relieve our world of dehumanizing poverty and to promote integral
These are some of the fruits of our contemplation over these days
in Fanjeaux where Dominic first had his vision of establishing what
became the first foundation of the Order and where he dreamed of how
to set the world on evangelical fire by praising, blessing and preaching.
We encourage you all to take up these challenges, to give them flesh
and to implement them, following in the footsteps of St Dominic, as
ways of witnessing to the Gospel in our time.
the time of St Dominic, more than 800 years ago, Dominicans have been
living and sharing
the message of the Gospel. Today thousands of sisters, nuns, priests,
and laity serve in more than 100 countries around the globe