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Pope Francis, in his line of opening the doors of the Church and announce the Gospel of Joy to everyone, he has called the Synod of the Bishops with the theme: “Youth, Faith and vocational discernment”. On January 13, 2017, a preparatory document was published by the XV General Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of the Bishops with this same title.

And the obvious questions are: “What is a Synod, how does it work and what is it for?” The term Synod comes from two greek terms: syn (together) and yhodos (way), and expresses the idea of “walking together”. In the Vatican there are several organisms that form the Roman Curia and they are in charge of the government of the Church, looking after different sectors and areas. But there was an existing concern for having a structure where the universal church was represented in the way of an assembly of bishops from all over the world who could help the Pope in the government of the church through their advice. And that’s how Pope Paul VI created, on September 15, 1965, the Synod of the Bishops, as a permanent institution, depending directly of the Pope.

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Fratres Ordinis Prædicatorum

CURIA GENERALITIA

Rome, I October 2017

To all the members of the Dominican Family

Dominican Month for Peace

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Warm greetings from Rome!

After the hectic activity of our Jubilee Year, we are now trying to follow up on the many new commitments we have made!

One of the recurrent themes from our Jubilee was the importance of us renewing our preaching to be advocates of peace (like Dominic) in a world tom apart by many forms of violence and war. There is hardly a country anywhere that is spared from this harsh reality that breeds fear, insecurity, and the assertion of narrow ethnic and religious identities, that result in enormous suffering, death and displacement of entire communities.

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While many Dominicans are already involved in forms of preaching that are bringing hope to such situations, we would now like to promote a global Dominican solidarity for all such efforts. We therefore propose to identify a period each year when Dominicans everywhere will pray for peace, and will offer solidarity for a particular project for peace.

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God is always with us: Domnismissio'17

Hello! My name is Sister Ana Margarida. I'm 32 years old and I took my first vows on this last 8th of January.

Before I was a sister, I volunteered at Teresa de Saldanha (VTS), which is a volunteer work center attached to the portuguese congregation of the Dominican Sisters of Saint Catherine of Sene. As a volunteer, I served during a year in East Timor, where i tried, such as Teresa de Saldanha's teachings inspired me, to practise good deeds whenever and wherever possible. During this year of mission, in which becoming a sister wasn't an objective in my mind, I was profoundly accompanied by our Founder, Teresa de Saldanha's thought: "Always forget yourself, in order to do good for your fellow man.". Thus I devoted myself completely to the people of East Timor and to the mission I undertook, in such a way that, upon my return, I felt as if God was calling me to deliver my life to Him with no reservations, through religious consecration.

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God is always with us: Domnismissio'17

Hello! My name is Sister Ana Margarida. I'm 32 years old and I took my first vows on this last 8th of January.

Before I was a sister, I volunteered at Teresa de Saldanha (VTS), which is a volunteer work center attached to the portuguese congregation of the Dominican Sisters of Saint Catherine of Sene. As a volunteer, I served during a year in East Timor, where i tried, such as Teresa de Saldanha's teachings inspired me, to practise good deeds whenever and wherever possible. During this year of mission, in which becoming a sister wasn't an objective in my mind, I was profoundly accompanied by our Founder, Teresa de Saldanha's thought: "Always forget yourself, in order to do good for your fellow man.". Thus I devoted myself completely to the people of East Timor and to the mission I undertook, in such a way that, upon my return, I felt as if God was calling me to deliver my life to Him with no reservations, through religious consecration.

11.Testimonio Camino Santiago 6

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 Preaching Through the Arts

The words “Joyful Friar, Itinerant Preacher” used to describe our holy founder St. Dominic, rang true to me as I once again had the joy and privilege of sharing with our Dominican Youth ways to preach the Gospel through the Arts.  The students that attended my contemplative practice of “Origami” workshop were filled with joy and enthusiasm to preach the Gospel in today’s world as Dominic did over 800 years ago.  Like the itinerant preacher Dominic, many are able and willing to go where the Spirit leads them and preach in whatever way they can.  Whether through the spoken word, or through art, music or dance, the word is JOY and their creativity opens a whole new world as to how to communicate it.  .  

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This is “working” without receiving anything, but I was wrong.


Hi, my name is Luís Almeida, I’m 18 years old and I’m Portuguese.

I’m here to talk about my experience in volunteering.

It all started when I was in 11th grade and one of my catechists invited me to be part of a volunteering group. I said yes and went to my first meeting with the group and since that meeting my life has been different. This volunteering group “works” with a sister’s community and some of our activities are helping the sisters in same works. One of the main activities we have is donating some cloths to help the families in need. Being around sisters most of the time is good because I learn so much from their life experience and I can learn how to get a better relationship with God; so I started going to the volunteering meetings. This is a way to continue my religious life around people I admire and keep teaching me. This is “school of life” and after my mom and dad it’s one of the best ways to learn about “how to live life with God”. I think I couldn’t be in a better place.

31. Luis-Portugal - Voluntariado num Lar de idosos

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Dominican Young Adults visiting Bethany House

On Monday August 21st the members of the DYA chapter of Molloy College planned and orchestrated a BBQ at Bethany House. Founded by sister Aimee Koonman, Bethany House is shelter for women and children that was created to help to alleviate the problem of homelessness on Long Island for women and children. Bethany is more than just a shelter, between their three houses they can support up to 75 women and children every night, but it is what they do inside of that house if what makes Bethany so special.

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