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Last 12th of July, the young adults from the Dominican Youth Movement started their pilgrimage from Madrid to Toulouse (France), where their International Meeting will be held.

They have begun this trip to get to know the places in which Saint Dominic of Guzman spent time during their life, on the occasion of the celebration of the 800th anniversary of the confirmation of the foundation of the Order, December the 22nd, 1216, by Pope Honorius III.

The first place to visit has been the “Real Convento de Santo Domingo” of the Dominican nuns and the Cave of Saint Dominic, in Segovia, a chapel where Dominic revive the Passion of the Lord and where the group has prayed for a successful pilgrimage.

The history of the Dominican Order remembers with deep meaning the gesture of its founder in Palencia. “I do not want to study dead skins, while people are dying of hunger’. This is why, before resting in Caleruega, visited the Convent of “San Mateo” and the Foundation “San Martín” with the company of Fr Luis Miguel García, OP.

The second day started in the place where it all begun, surrounded by walls and wheat fields. Caleruega woke up these 14 young pilgrims coming from Guatemala, Paraguay, Venezuela and different cities in Spain in order to visit the “Real Convento de Santo Domingo” of Caleruega and the well where the Saint was born. They also stopped in the village of Gumiel de Izan, a place where Saint Dominic studied with his uncle Gonzalo and arrived to the Benedictine Abbey of “Santo Domingo de Silos”, where Juana de Aza, Dominic’s mother, went to find help to understand his dream: the dog with the burning torch in his mouth. This closed the cycle of Dominic’s childhood.

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XII IDYM International Meeting Toulouse - 2016

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Toulouse is the land where a new voice began to announce the Gospel. Today, 800 years later, this same land has received more than 130 young Dominicans from Asia, Africa, America and Europe, to celebrate the Dominican Jubilee together, in the eighth centenary after the canonical approval of the Order of Preachers, founded by Saint Dominic of Guzmán in this region.

"Here we were born and our vocation takes here a special sense" with these words, fr Rui Lopes promoter of the Dominican Laity, received participants of the XII Meeting of the International Dominican Youth Movement (IDYM).

"Young Dominicans sent to preach the Gospel" was the motto that accompanied the IDYM meeting from July 16 to 21. Fr Rui remembered in the welcoming Eucharist that preaching is not giving speeches or lectures, but preaching is to love and to lead others to happiness, it is to love the world and its people, and that Dominican preaching is born primarily from contemplation.

During the meeting, young people visited Fanjeaux and Prouilhe, the cradle of the Holy Preaching, it was an opportunity to be in the foundations of St. Dominic, they prayed there and shared with the Dominican nuns, listening to their experiences of living in the place where it all began. From Fanjeaux, they made pilgrimage to Montreal, and passing through Carcassonne, they returned to Toulouse.

On the study day, the Master of the Order, fr Bruno Cadoré, greeted the participants via Skype from the General Chapter of Bologna (Italy), he reminded them, that young people are not only passive agents, but protagonists in the mission of preaching.

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In Valencia (Spain), an evening event was held on Friday, June 10, in order to sensitize on the situation that Syrian refugees are living. It was a remarkable initiative promoted by Dalit, a group from the MJD of Valencia, joined by the group Endavant, the Royal Convent of Preachers from Valencia and the Diocesan Secretariat for immigrants and refugees of the Archbishopric.

 

As Marita (on behalf of IDYM) and Olbier (from the Archbishopric) exposed at the beginning of the evening, the main idea was to raise awareness about the difficult circumstances that the refugees are suffering and it invited the participants to stand in solidarity with them. It was simply about creating an environment to empathize with them, open our doors to them and help them in what we can.

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In order to live the ideals of Preaching, Compassion, and Common Life that define our Dominican Identity, we, members of the Movement of Young Dominicans of Haiti organize a mission every year at the end of Lent or during the holy week .

This mission is prepared by a committee of three or four members of the Movement who have volunteered under the supervision of the committee. The place is usually proposed by the attendant. This is a remote area, almost isolated, with a chapel or parish, where people live in poverty. The Commission contacted the priest who lives in the region to express our desire to achieve the mission in the community and ask them housing opportunities. A fee that will be used to pay for transportation is asked to young people wishing to participate in the mission. Then, a grant application is sent to friends of the group, individuals, leaders of religious communities (Dominican Sisters, the Dominican brothers etc.). The sum or food and other items collected will be used to restore youth and preparing food kits that will be available to some families.

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Rejoice with me my sisters and brothers for thirty new college preachers were added to the family! During the week of May 24th, thirty students from Dominican Universities/Colleges or colleges with a Dominican presence gathered at Siena Heights University, in Adrian, MI for the 14th National Preaching in Action Conference. The participating universities/colleges included Albertus Magnus College, CT; Barry University, FL; Caldwell University, NJ; Dominican College, NY; Dominican University, CA; Dominican University, IL; Edgewood College, WI; Molloy College, NY; Ohio Dominican University; OH, Siena Heights University, MI; St. Catherine College, KY; and Yale University, CT.

These young people came together to learn about the Dominican charism of preaching and how that charism can be incorporated into their own lives and passed on to others. They were given the opportunity to experience themselves as preachers using the mediums of art, dance, drama, and music.

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The long-awaited Papal visit to Kenya was worth the preparation and the wait as thousands thronged to listen and some at least to see the Holy Father.

Thousands travelled from vast parts of the country to the capital city, Nairobi where the Pope was expected to give his speeches. All went well and not even the rain could disrupt these events. This had been a third time that Kenyans welcomed a Pope with first being St. John Paul II in 1985, and a second time in 1995.

A renewal of Christian vigor

The Papal visit couldn't be timelier, at a time when the Christian and especially the catholic faith has been under criticism from the government and other denominations on its stand on health and spiritual issues. The visit by the Holy Father strengthen the vigor of many catholic faithful and clergy as well.

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FransicoCollGuatemalas Dominican Youth Movement has completed the first part of the project in which they take part along with the Dominican Sisters of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin.

This project consists of helping the children from the Francisco Coll School, located in the outskirts of the zone 3 dump in their town. This area is quite dangerous and that was what led them to help the School, as they want a better country and the best way to make it develop is helping the new Guatemalan generations.

Given the place where the School is located, the first phase involved fencing the playground and the School with electric wire, in order to give them more security.

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