To all readers of Irish Dominican Vocations - a very happy and blessed New Year to You!
The Dominican friars throughout the world will celebrate 800 years of life since the foundation of the Order in 1216. It may seem like a long time away but preparations for the celebration of this momentous event have been underway for some time now. 2008 placed a special emphasis on the place of the holy rosary in our Dominican tradition. In order to help the Dominican family to focus more fully on the Jubilee in 2016, the Master of the Order along with his collaborators have given a theme for each year leading up to the celebrations marking the foundation of the Order. They are as follows:
2009 - St. Dominic, Preacher of Grace
2010 - The Mission of Preaching
2011 - Preaching and Culture / Community Preaching
2012 - Dominican Women and Preaching
2013 - Mary: Contemplation and Preaching of the Word
2014 - The Dominican Laity and Preaching
2015 - Dominic: Government, Spirituality and Freedom
2016 - The Order of Preachers: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Further elaboration on these themes and preparation for 2016 can be seen here.