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What’s going on with Reconfiguration for the Dominicans across the US?

In October of 2005, the Dominican Leadership Conference (DLC), the leadership of Dominican congregations and provinces in the US, was asked to facilitate a day of conversation on Reconfiguration and a recent survey of the DLC members asked if a task force should be formed to address the questions of moving reconfiguration forward. Below are the results of that survey.

Some purposes for this task force were identified: 1) to explore and study forms of reconfiguration adopted by other charism-relate congregations (for example: Sisters of Mercy, Sisters of St. Joseph); 2) to identify those Dominican Sisters congregations in the US who wish to explore moving beyond collaboration to structural reconfiguration together; and 3) to provide on-going communication regarding reconfiguration possibilities for all Dominican Congregations.

What did the survey say? Of 25 congregations who responded to the survey, 22 supported the idea of an Ad Hoc Reconfiguration Task Force and 11 were willing to recommend members to serve on it.

Some cautions were noted. Among them was a concern among nine congregations around 1) how present conversations will fit into future directions of reconfiguration 2) not to delay conversations already in process, and 3) the limit of resources of time, money and persons to do this additional work The internationality of a few congregations made them less likely to participate in such a reconfiguration.

In addition, other expectations included: attention to on-going communication and a focus on the needs of membership; that membership on the task force would include representatives from congregations considering reconfiguration for the first time and those already engaged in some form of reconfiguration.

Finally, the call for the formation of a Secretariat, a national organizing body of the whole Dominican Family in the US, was also noted as a factor in the process. At the present time, this possibility is being fostered through Parable and may result in a planned gathering of the Dominican Family in 2009.


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