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.
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.
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.
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.
Guatemala’s 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.
Receive a warm greeting on behalf of the IDYM International Commission and all those who with great effort are preparing the International Meeting and the Assembly of Representatives of Toulouse 2016.
Soon we will start our international meeting with 800 years of reasons to celebrate. This will be a very special moment for the Dominican Youth Movement which was inspired by the footsteps of our father Saint Dominic. We will celebrate our history that looks to the future of our evangelizing mission.
We know you have many questions about the meeting. For this reason, we want to reiterate the necessary information previously disseminated.
Program activities Of the International Meeting and Assembly per day
Participation is open to all members of the Dominican Youth Movement of 18 years or above. Youth Groups or Movements of Dominican Charism or near to it are also invited. Two representatives per country, province or movement (depending on each case) that is part of IDYM are officially invited in the Assembly. Representatives of countries that are not IDYM members can also apply for participation in the Assembly as observers.
An important clarification is in relation to health insurance. The Organization IDYM Toulouse International Meeting 2016 has not considered the cost of health insurance enrollment but takes into consideration the provision of first aid in case of emergency. It is true that no documents and registation were required for such insurance since it is not deemed mandatory for the trip; however, we believe and we recommend for you to avail of a travel insurance to cover your stay in France to avoid any inconvenience in your travel. Otherwise, you must pay personally for all the costs of any unforeseen and unfavorable incidents that you could encounter.
Below is the link to the final registration form. It should be filled an application entry per person with all the required data. Registration is open until June 12 or until slots remain available.