Readers of this blog are encouraged to pray for the success of the upcoming General Chapter of the Order.
The Dominican Order is holding a General Chapter at Trogir, Croatia, beginning 22nd July, the feast of St Mary Magdalene, patroness of the Order.
The gathering of Dominican friars from all over the globe occurs every three years, but this particular chapter occurs only every nine years, consisting largely of elected delegates called diffinitors.
No superiors, other than the Master of the Order, will attend in an ex-officio capacity, yet the meeting has equal legislative authority with the other general chapters. It is not an elective chapter so it will not elect a new Master General of the Order whose term will continue for another six years.
Dubliner Fr Gerard Norton OP is the delegate from the Irish Dominican Province.
Fr Gerard is a scripture scholar, holding a doctorate from UCD and additional postgraduate qualifications from the Pontifical Biblical Commission and from the École biblique et archéologique française in Jerusalem (http://ebaf.op.org). He is at present the moderator of the Dominican Biblical Institute, Limerick, and an editor of the Biblia Hebraica Quinta, an authoritative Hebrew text of the Old Testament.
The work of the General Chapter may be followed online at trogir.op.org
To watch an introductory video, click below: