Dominican Laity Formation Manual



TABLE OF CONTENTS

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SECTION ONE: CONTENTS & OUTLINES
TABLE OF CONTENTS 1
PROGRAM FOR FORMATION 11
LAY DOMINICAN FORMATION PROGRAM 15
THE PILLARS OF DOMINICAN LIFE 19
SUGGESTED FORMATION PROGRAM 21
  
SECTION TWO: FORMATION
  
FORMATION FOR DOMINICAN LAITY (Thomson M OPL) 5-10
Program for Formation 5
The Formation of Dominican Laity 9
Introduction 9
Stages of Formation 9
1. Probation 9
2. Temporary Profession 10
3. Final Profession 10
TOPIC 1 - THE DOMINICAN LAITY 11-13
A definition of Dominican Laity - their aim and call to the Order 11
History and Origins of Third Orders 12
The Advantages of Belonging to a Chapter 13
TOPIC 2 - THE OBJECTIVES OF THE ORDER 15-20
St. Dominic and the Early History of the Order 15
The Badges and Mottoes of the Order 16
The Arms of the Dominican Order 19
TOPIC 3 - LIVING IN THE SPIRIT OF THE BEATITUDES IN THE WORLD TODAY 21
The Example of St. Dominic 21
TOPIC 4 - THE DOMINICAN FAMILY - THE IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNITY 25
  
TOPIC 5 - THE DOMINICAN TERTIARY AS A CONTEMPLATIVE IN MODERN SOCIETY 29
  
TOPIC 6 - LITURGICAL PRAYER 31-33
Structure of Morning and Evening Prayer 33
TOPIC 7 - A STUDY OF THE RULE OF THE DOMINICAN LAITY 35
  
TOPIC 8 - FORMATION - LAY DOMINICAN FORMATION PROGRAM
(PROVINCE OF SAINT JOSEPH USA)
37
  
SESSION I:
SPIRIT AND AIMS OF ST. DOMINIC
41-46
Life of St. Dominic 41
Aims of St. Dominic 43
Spirit of Saint Dominic 44
Discussion Questions 45
References 45
Suggested Reading Material for the Postulant 46
SESSION II:
DOMINICANS: PEOPLE OF THE WORD
47-56
The Presentation 47
Prepared discussion Questions 52
Summation 52
Closing Prayer 53
An Opening Hymn 53
Psalm 19 54
Note 55
References 55
SESSION III:
A WORKING PROPOSAL FOR A FORMATION PROGRAM FOR LAY DOMINICANS
57-72
Dominican Prayer 57
Goal Statement 58
Formal Presentation Number One - An Outline Dominicans as People of Prayer 60
Formal Presentation Number One - Dominicans as People of Prayer 62
Prepared Discussion Questions 68
Leader's Bibliography 69
Formal Presentation Number Two - The Practice of Lectio Divina 70
SESSION IV:
PART ONE: APOSTOLATE AND THE LAY DOMINICAN 73-80
Statement of Goals 73
Outline of Presentation 73
1. Origins 74
2. Characteristics of Apostolate 75
3. Fruits of the Apostolate 78
Summary 79
Questions 79
Resources 80
Concluding Prayer 80
SESSION IV:
PART TWO: STUDY AND THE LAY DOMINICAN 83-89
Statement of Goals 83
Outline of Presentation 83
Questions 88
Summary 88
Resources 89
Prayer 89
SESSION V:
COMMUNITY91-101
Statement of Lesson Goals 91
Outline of Presentation 91
Formal Presentation
I. Introduction to Community
92
II. Expressions of Community in Diverse Branches of Dominican Order 95
References 100
Discussion Questions 100
I. Introduction to Community 100
II. Expressions of Dominican Community 100
Opening Prayer 100
Closing Prayer 100
SESSION VI:
LAY DOMINICAN COMMUNITY IN PRACTICE103-113
Overview 103
Outline 104
Goal Statement 104
Formal Presentation 105
Conclusion 109
Discussion Questions 110
Bibliography 110
Prayers said after Compline 111
Salve Regina 112
O Lumen 113
  
THE PILLARS OF DOMINICAN LIFE
- DOMINICAN SPIRITUALITY FOR THE LAITY
(Fr. Greg Anderson OP, Holy Name Province USA)
115 -165
Preface 115
Introduction 116
I: Veritas - Truth 118
II. Contemplation for the Laity 122
III. Study 126
IV. Liturgical Prayer 129
V. Personal Prayer 133
VI. Meditation or Mental Prayer 137
VII. Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary 141
VIII. Penance 145
IX. Community Life 149
X. Poverty 153
XI. Loyalty to the Church 157
XII. Preaching 161
Conclusion 165
  
SECTION THREE: ADMINISTRATION
  
THE LIFE OF A DOMINICAN LAITY CHAPTER 3-10
1. Chapter Life 3
2. Chapter Officials 3
Chapter Council 3
President 3
Secretary 4
Treasurer 4
Director of Formation 5
Religious Promoter 5
Priest Assistant 6
Religious Assistant 6
3. How to Conduct a Chapter Meeting 7
Before the Meeting 7
At the Meeting 7
a. The Priest Assistant or Religious Promoter/Assistant presiding 7
b. The Chapter President presiding 8
c. Discussion of a prepared text; a special lecture, etc. 8
4. Special Gatherings 8
5. Apostolate: 9
6. Liaison with other Groups 10
  
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FINDING NEW MEMBERS 11
A Sample Recruiting Brochure 13
  
LAY PROVINCIAL COUNCIL 15-31
Position Descriptions 15
Preamble 15
Religious Promoter's Representative 16
Provincial Promoter 17
Provincial President 18
Provincial Secretary 19
Provincial Treasurer 20
Provincial Councillor 20
Application for Funding to Attend a Conference/Meeting 21
Lay Provincial Council Elections 23
Nomination Form 23
Personal Data and Information Sheet 24
Covering Letter for Voting Papers 25
Ballot Paper 27
Prompt Sheet 28
Tally Sheet for Provincial Elections 29
Annual Chapter Report Form 31
  
SECTION FOUR: DOCUMENTATION
  
THE FUNDAMENTAL CONSTITUTION OF THE DOMINICAN LAITY 3-45
The Rule of the Lay Fraternities of St Dominic 7
General Declarations concerning Dominican Laity 13
Directory for Members of the Dominican Laity of the Province of the Assumption 15
Appendices to the Directory 27
  
DOMINICAN DOCUMENTATION 37-78
Fundamental Constitution of the Friars Preachers38
Key Sections of the Book of Constitutions and Ordinations of the Order 41
The Bologna Document on the Dominican Family 42
  
ACTS OF GENERAL CHAPTERS 46-73
1971 - Tallaght 46
1974 - Madonna Dell'Arco 46
1977 - Quezon City 47
1986 - Avila 50
1989 - Oakland 58
1992 - Mexico City 59
           Homily from Fr Timothy Radcliffe, Master of the Order 61
1995 - Caleruega 63
1998 - Bologna 66
  
ACTS OF PROVINCIAL CHAPTERS 74
  
CANONS AND COMMENTARY 79
  
ASSOCIATIONS OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITHFUL
- EXTRACTS FROM DIRECTORY & BY-LAWS OF THE DOMINICAN LAITY OF OTHER PROVINCES
80-115
Phillippine Province 91
Canadian Province 102
  
DOMINICAN LAITY CONVENTIONS & CONFERENCES
  
LIST OF CONVENTIONS 119
  
SELECTED TALKS, WORKSHOPS & REPORTS 125-190
  
DOMINICAN LAITY CONVENTIONS
1967 - Canberra
Should The Third Order Have A Specific Apostolic Work? 125
1973 - Maitland
Tertiary Prayer 127
The Liturgy And Tertiary Life 130
1982 - Perth
A Spirituality for Lay Dominicans in A & NZ 132
1985 - Sydney
Report By The Ex-Provincial Promoter of the Dominican Laity 140
Apostolic Works 145
1994 - Adelaide
Towards 2000 146
1997 - Tamworth
Living the Truth: Is there a specifically Dominican Morality? 154
The Dominican Laity - Past, Present and Future 171
  
DOMINICAN FAMILY CONFERENCE
1999 - Canberra
Praying the Psalms 178
  
SECTION FIVE, PART I: HAGIOGRAPHY
Calendar of the Order1
Notes on the Saints and Blesseds of the Order13
General Summary92
  
SECTION FIVE, PART II: HISTORY
Some Important Dates 2
The Third Order of St. Dominic - Encapsulated History 4
The Origins of the Dominican Order, Peel H, OP 9
History of the Dominican Laity, Weber R, OP 12
The Dominican Third Order: Old and New Style - Schillebeeckx E, OP 23
  
SECTION SIX: SPIRITUALITY
Dominican Spirituality - Schillebeeckx E, OP 2
Dominican Spirituality and Vatican II's Expectations of Lay People15
St. Dominic's Nine Ways of Prayer25
Dominican Devotion to our Lady - The Dominican and The Rosary 33
St. Catherine and Contemporary Spirituality 38
Dominican Spirituality - Benedict Ashley, OP 42
  
SECTION SEVEN: ARTICLES & RESOURCES
The Future in Black and White 3
Dominican Family Call and Response 9
The Purpose of the Dominican Laity 19
The Gospel Life: One Family, Many Gifts 27
The Prophet, Justice, and the Ministry of Spiritual Direction 35
Creative Preaching Through Art: The Dominican Contribution 41
  
SECTION EIGHT: LETTERS FROM THE MASTERS
1995 Vowed to Mission 3
1997 Dominican Freedom and Responsibility 43
1998 The Promise of Life 75
1999 Letter to our Brothers and Sisters in Initial Formation 109
  
For more letters, see http://www.op.org.au/news/letters_mo.php
  
SECTION NINE: PROVINCIAL PUBLICATIONS 
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SECTION TEN: BIBLIOGRAPHY
Dominican Bibliography1 - 17