MISSION CONGRESS ON THE CLOSING OF THE EIGHT CENTENARY AND AT THE SAME TIME RECONFIRM THE ORDER OF PREACHERS

  It is from the celebration of the Chapter of Trogir in 2013 that the idea of a Congress FOR the Mission of the Order was proposed as an important moment of the Jubilee celebration of the 800 years of the confirmation of the Order in 2016. The Congress will be somewhere between the two dates close to the approval and confirmation of the Order« of preachers »: according to the two papal bulls complementary to each other in the confirmation of an Order « of preachers » :  see that of 22 December 1216 with the confirmation of Honorius III and that of 21 January 1217 which formally designates an « Order of Preachers ». This is why the International Congress for the Mission will be precisely in the space between these two dates, 22 December 2016 and 21 January 2017, as solemn closing of the Year of the Dominican Jubilee and, especially, as a point of departure for a new path for the mission of preaching of the Order. The Congress’ main theme will be determined by the General Chapter for the Jubilee year celebration of the 800 years of the Order: SENT TO PREACH THE GOSPEL (Cf. ACG Trogir 50).

  For the preparation of the Congress, the General Council of the Order has proposed the organisation of forums for the common reflection with the participation of brothers, sisters and laity, who work in the different fields and models of preaching today. These forums were organized by following the « Mission mandates » established since the General Chapter of Rome 2010 and formally determined in the Chapter of Trogir (Cf. ACG Trogir, 109 ss.).

1. OBJECTIVES OF THE CONGRESS FOR MISSION:  

1. Promote awareness and understanding of the different areas and contexts of the mission of the Order today

2. Encourage and promote mutual cooperation between the regions and the entities of the Order.

3. Promote the creation of collaborative networks in specific apostolic fields (which may occur ).

4. Identify presences and forms of apostolate of the Order that must be strengthened.

5. Propose common values and guidelines to the mission of the Order, in the aim to further deepen our specific contribution to the mission of evangelization of the Church.

2. THE PURPOSE OF THE CONGRESS:

The main objective of the Congress will consider what the contribution of our preaching is to the mission of the Church and of the Order even in the immediate future:

a. How can it help the Congress to RENEW THE PREACHING OF THE ORDER, and encourage us and to renew our mission of preachers?

b. In what and how will the Order help to strengthen the preaching of the Church?

            c. What is our specific responsibility in this mission?

d. How can brother and sister preachers put at the service of the Church the charisma that it expects from us?

e. When priority is given by the Church to the gospel of the family, what is the specific contribution that the Order can bring, from its community tradition, on the one hand, and the reality of the "Dominican Family ", on the other?

3. THEMES OF THE CONGRESS: 

In addition to the main theme of the Jubilee proposed by the General Chapter of Trogir: SENT TO PREACH THE GOSPEL, the congress workshops, forums preparations and the work of the groups will develop from the FORUMS OF MISSION, organized by following the « Mission mandates » established since the General Chapter of Rome 2010 and formally determined in the chapter of Trogir (Cf. ACG Trogir, 109 ss.).

1.        Migrants. 

2.        Indigenous people. 

3.        Interreligious Dialogue and Ecumenism  

4.        Ministry in city centres.

5.        Pilgrimages and devotion of Rosary 

6.        Parish ministry. 

7.        Education and evangelization.

8.        Salamanca process. 

9.        Schools of preaching.

10.      Study like mission of the Order

11.      Human rights

12.      Campus ministry

13.      Art and preaching

14.      pastoral in prisons

15.      pastoral of health

16.      Media

4. METHODOLOGY OF THE CONGRESS

The Congress -which will bring together more than 400 brothers, sisters, lay people, with guests of different regions, is organized in four main sessions (one per day), according to the broad lines of the mission of preaching of the Dominican Order:

Day 1Humanity: justice, peace and care of creation; migrants, indigenous people, human rights...

Day 2Meeting: inter-religious dialogue, unity of Christians, listening, education, media and digital world...

Day 3: Service: Ministry of the Word, campus ministry, ministry in urban centres, parish ministry, health care, prison ministry...

Day 4Closing: Return to the central theme of the Jubilee - and therefore the Congress : SENT TO PREACH THE GOSPEL.

This theme will be developed each day as follows:  

Day 1The Gospel.

Day 2To preach.

Day 3Sent.

5.  VENUE AND PROGRAMME OF THE CONGRESS

The Congress will be celebrated in Rome, at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas - Angelicum, from 17 to 21 January 2017 and will be the solemn closing of the Jubilee of the 800 years of the confirmation of the Order.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2017: OPENNING AND WELCOME
16.00   Delivery of credentials to particpants (PUST, Angelicum)
18.00   Openning Ceremony : Aula Magna "San Giovanni Paulo II”
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18:      Topic of the day : GOSPEL
                                                                  ModuleHUMANITY (Justice, Peace and Care of Creation, Human Rights, Migrants, Originary Peoples…)
08.30    Activities begin
12.30 – 14.30 Lunch - 13.15 Arts and Preaching: Dominikus Swiss Theater (Aula Minor)
14.30 – 16.30  Panel: (Internet connection with the Order)
18.00 Pilgrimage to Saint Sabina.                                     
18.30 Eucharistic Celebration at St. Sabina presided by the Master of the Order, br. Bruno CADORÉ, O.P.
19.30 Exposition “Arte & Predicazione”.  Aperitif.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 19:   TOPIC OF THE DAYPREACHING 
                                                    ModuleENCOUNTER (Interreligious Dialogue, Unity of Christians, Arts, Science-Faith Dialogue, Education and Evangelization, Digital World).
08.30  Activities begin
12.30 – 14.30 Lunch
14.30 – 16.30 Panel: (Internet connection with the Order)
18.00 Pilgrimage to Santa Maria Maggiore’s Basilica
18.30 Ecumenical Prayer
FRIDAY, JANUARY 20:      TOPIC OF THE DAYSENT
ModuleSERVICE (Campus ministry, Parish ministry, Prison Ministry, Health Care…)
08.30   Activities Begin
12.30 – 14.30 Lunch… 13.15: Concert (Aula Minor) Ensemble ENERGEIA, fr. Jean-Dominique ARBRELL, O.P. (France)
14.30 – 16.30  Panel: (Internet connection with the Order)
18.00 Pilgrimage to Santa Maria Sopra Minerva’s Basilica
18.30 – 19.00  Prayer at Santa Maria Sopra Minerva (Graves of St. Catherine of Siena and Fra Angelico). Tribute to Women Preachers and Dominican Artists
Art and Preaching: Dance show about St. Dominic’s life, directed by br. Dominic WHITE, O.P., England.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 21: Topic of the day: CLOSING
08.30 Activities begin
10.15 Conclusions
16.00 Pontifical Ceremony for the Closing of the Order’s Jubilee, presided by His Holiness, Pope Francis, at Saint John Lateran’s Basilica.

6.  COSTS OF THE CONGRESS 

Taking into account that the Congress will be held at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas (Angelicum) in Rome, several religious houses neighboring the Angelicum and The Grand Hotel "Tra Noi" are provided for accommodation. Thanks to an agreement between these different institutions that will host the 500 participants, the organization of the Congress can offer very convenient prices for the registration and the total costs (including accommodation and meals) from Tuesday 17 to Saturday 21 January, the materials of the Congress and the full participation to all events programmed:

1. Single room: total between 350 and 400 euros (depending on the participation in ceremonies and dinner for the opening and closing of the Congress).

2. Shared room: Total 300 and 350 euros (depending on the participation in ceremonies and dinner for the opening and closing of the Congress).

3. No room (residents of Rome): total between 200 and 250 euros (depending on the participation in ceremonies and dinner for the opening and closing of the Congress).

7.  REGISTRATION :

For your registration to the Congress you must only send us your name and your passport number to romaop2017@curia.op.org" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(47, 46, 51); text-decoration: none;">romaop2017@curia.op.org and you will receive your registration form by email with the practical information for your registry, payment and participation.

Very fraternally,

The Organization Committee of the Congress.

[1] The original name of the Order of Saint Dominic is ‘Order of preachers’… The real origin of this explicit denomination given by Pope Honorius III, is in the papal bull of 21 January 2017, currently preserved in the municipal library of Carcassonne (Cf. AFP 28 [1958] 95-100; V. Kudelka, MOPH, XXV, 79; SDF, 801-802).


 
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