At the invitation of the Dominican friars of the regional vicariate of the Baltics, I have arrived in Vilnius - the capital of Lithuania. Over the weekend, the friars of this region are hosting a series of conferences and meetings to promote Dominican life in this area. The situation is fragile with a total of just fifteen friars in the three Baltic states of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania. There is a small number of contemplative nuns in the area and some lay Dominicans. The upcoming conference is an attempt to showcase the Dominican family and to try and raise the profile of the Order.
Given that the Dominican family in Ireland has over the past number of years hosted vocation days, I look forward to sharing with the members of the Order in this part of the world something of the collaborative effort that exists in Ireland.
The warmth of the welcome from the Dominican family here has been superb and I hope that we can reciprocate in the not too distant future.