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in this celebration.


Laudare, Benedicere, Prædicare
Laudare, we praise our Lord with our saints
Benedicere, we lift our voice in song
Prædicare, we proclaim Your Word to the world.
Sent out to preach by Dominic
sent two by two to all the world
sent out to study the Gospel of grace
to find new ways to preach.

God, Father of mercy,
who called your servant Dominic de Guzman
to set out in faith
as an itinerant pilgrim and a preacher of grace,
as we prepare to celebrate the Jubilee of the Order
we ask you to pour again into us
the Spirit of the Risen Christ,
that we might faithfully and joyfully proclaim
the Gospel of peace,
through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

Un cœur, une âme, tous donnés
contemplatifs émerveillés
joyeux amis, apprenez nous
pour les pêcheurs, miséricorde.
Presencia del amor de Dios
Presencia profética
Presencia compasiva
Sembradores de esperanza
Embrace with grace the marketplace
Embrace the world not of the world
Embrace the mission with compassion
to preach the word to the world
Fr. Franklin Buitrago Rojas, O.P.:

Opening of the Dominican Jubilee


he Order will celebrate a Jubilee
Year with the theme “Sent to
preach the Gospel.” This marks the
issuing of the Bulls promulgated by
Pope Honorius III eight centuries ago,
confirming the foundation of the
Order, in 1216 and 1217.
In celebrating a Jubilee, the Order
seeks to renew itself by entering into
a dynamic process that culminates
in sending the friars to preach anew.
We are invited to return to the origins
of the Order to remember how St.
Dominic sent out his first friars from
their house, their family, and their
nation so as to discover the joy and
freedom of itinerancy.
As disciples of Christ, we are sent
to preach the Gospel. We share
the joy and the freedom of
being sent with the whole
Dominican Family.

Date: Saturday, 7 November 2015 (Feast of All Saints of the Order)
Location: Provinces - local communities of the Dominican Family
Each province and each local community, in cooperation with the different
branches of the Dominican Family, are invited to celebrate a solemn opening
ceremony of the Jubilee on 7 November 2015. That same day, the Master
of the Order will preside at a solemn opening celebration of the Jubilee in
the Basilica of Santa Sabina with the participation of all the branches of the
Dominican Family. This celebration will be streamed live via the website of
the Order.
The Steering Committee of the Jubilee shall forward a common liturgical text
and symbol that will help give unity to all celebrations. We want to take three
elements of the Dominican iconography: the stick, the book and the
apostolic mandate, which introduce us to the common theme for all the
Jubilee celebrations: “Sent to preach the Gospel.”

Jubilee Lectio Divina
Date: 7 November 2015 to 21 January 2017
Location: The program will be offered through the website of
the Jubilee
Coordination: Fr. Dominic Izzo, Socius for Permanent Formation
Motivated by the Proemium of the General Chapter of Trogir, we propose a
Jubilee Lectio to encourage and to nourish the renewal of our Dominican life
“through an attentive listening to the Word - a life of prayer and contemplation
in silence and study (cf. ACG Trogir, 42).”
This daily Lectio during the Jubilee Year of the Order will consist of four brief
sections: lectio, studio, meditatio, and oratio, translated into the three official languages of the Order, and posted on the Jubilee webpage of the Order’s website.
The Lectio for the Jubilee Year will follow the universal calendar of the Church
and the proper calendar of the Order. We also hope to include artworks that
correspond to the day as a way of incorporating the importance of the arts in

Pilgrimage of the Holy Rosary with the Monasteries
of the Order
Date: 7 November 2015 to 21 January 2016
Location: All Dominican monasteries in different continents
Coordination: Fr. Louis-Marie Ariño-Durand, General Promoter for the
Holy Rosary - Fr. Cesar Valero, General Promoter for the Nuns - Federations of nuns and communities of the monasteries
On the opening day of the Jubilee, the Master of the Order will
bless a number of “pilgrim rosaries” that will be sent to each
Dominican monastery in the world. These are a symbol of
communion for the entire Dominican Family in prayer.
A common calendar will be proposed also to all the
monasteries, assigning a particular date to each
one to convene the local Dominican Family to
pray the Rosary, so that we form a continuous chain of prayer throughout the
Jubilee Year.

Symposium on the
Word of God: 50 years of
the Constitution Dei Verbum
Date: 11 to 13 February 2016
Location: Rome (In cooperation with
the PUST - Angelicum)
Coordination: Fr. Konstanc Adam, Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas - Fr. Marcel Sigrist, Biblical
School of Jerusalem - Fr. Guido Vergauwen, Faculty of Theology of Fribourg (Switzerland)
The academic institutions under the immediate jurisdiction of the
Master of the Order will also join the celebrations of the Jubilee Year
through an event that responds to the central theme: “Sent to preach
the Gospel.” Under the coordination of a steering committee, they will
organize a symposium about the 50th anniversary of the Vatican II Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, Dei Verbum.
This Symposium will feature four thematic areas:
1) Revelation in an interfaith context;
2) Scripture and Tradition in ecumenical and historical context;
3) Prophecy and interpretation in the formation of community and humanity;
4) New ways of preaching.

Province of Poland, as host of this event, has been working on the preparation of
a Dominican presence at WYD in Krakow.

Young Dominicans in the Footsteps of St. Dominic
Date: July and August 2016
Location: Castile (Spain), Languedoc (France), Bologna and
Rome (Italy)
Coordination: Fr. Franklin Buitrago (friars) - Sr. Marie-Therese Clement
(sisters) - Fr. Rui Carlos Lopes (laity)
During the months of July and August 2016, several groups of friars, sisters and
lay Dominicans in initial formation will travel on pilgrimage “in the footsteps of St.
Dominic” through the historical sites of the origins of the Order in Castile (Spain),
Languedoc (France), Bologna and Rome (Italy). Although the groups will not be
together at all locations (due to the limited capacity of accommodation in some of
them), some moments of encounter along the way are planned.
One group will consist of one hundred friars in initial formation (2 from each
entity of the Order) and will travel the “route of Saint Dominic” in the company
of the Master of the Order. They will be present at the opening of the General
Chapter of Bologna.

General Chapter of Bologna 2016

Date: 22 - 26 February 2016  
Place: Rome
Coordination: Fr. Florentino Bolo, Coordinator of the Priestly Fraternities in the
This international meeting will provide the priestly fraternities of the Order an
opportunity to respond to the provisions of the General Chapter (cf. ACG Rome,
233), and to promote their own life and mission, especially in the context of
the Jubilee.

Date: July to August 2016
Location: Bologna (Italy)
Coordination: General Curia OP - Province of Saint Dominic in Italy
St. Dominic bequeathed to his Order a system of community governance based
on chapters that promote the mission of the Order and its renewal. For this reason, to celebrate the eighth centenary of the Order is also to celebrate a tradition
of several centuries of community and democratic government.
The General Chapter of Provincials that will be held during the summer of 2016
has a very special place among the celebrations for the Jubilee. The place chosen
for the chapter also has a special meaning: The “Patriarchal” Convent of Bologna
preserves the remains of our Father Saint Dominic.

Lent 2016: Penitential Celebration in Local communities

Day of Prayer with the Holy Rosary

International Meeting of representatives of Dominican
Priestly Fraternities

Date: Lent of 2016
Location: Provinces, convents, local communities and

Coordination: Steering Committee of the Jubilee - Dominican Liturgical Commission Provincial and local superiors - Provincial Promoters for the Jubilee
The General Chapter of Trogir recommended that “in order to provide spaces of renewal and healing of our fraternal relations, all communities include at least once
a year a time of communal reconciliation among the brothers” (ACG Trogir, 66).
In response to this invitation, and extending it to all communities of the Dominican Family, the Steering Committee of the Jubilee, with the help of the
Dominican Liturgical Commission propose a common guide for a communal
celebration of the sacrament of reconciliation. Provinces and local communities
are invited to keep in their calendars a space for this celebration during the time
of Lent of 2016.

Dominicans in WYD Krakow 2016
Date: 26 to 31 July 2016
Location: Krakow (Poland)
Coordination: Province of Poland - International Dominican Youth Movement
The Dominican Family has been present in different ways in the past World
Youth Days: celebrations, spaces of prayer, cultural activities and spaces for different groups coming from around the world.
Following this dynamic, the General Chapter of Krakow asked the International
Dominican Youth Movement to organize a meeting about the next World Youth
Day to be held in Krakow (Poland) in 2016. At the same time, the Dominican

Date: 7 October 2016
Location: Each local community
Coordination: Jubilee Provincial Promoters - Promoters for the Holy Rosary Dominican Family at Provincial and local level
We invite all monasteries, convents, communities and fraternities to prepare a
celebration for the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, in cooperation with the local
church and, if possible, with other groups that share the devotion to the Holy
Rosary. It is a way to remember our love and closeness to this form of prayer
that today is the heritage of the whole Church. The Steering Committee of the
Jubilee, in cooperation with the General Promoter of the Holy Rosary and the
Dominican Liturgical Commission, shall prepare a catechetical and liturgical
material for the celebration of this feast.
The various local initiatives will be in communion with a world event: a
meeting of prayer for peace at the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace in
Yamoussoukro (Ivory Coast).

Art Exhibition: Dominicans in dialogue with art
Date: December 2016 to 22 January 2017.
Location: Rome
Coordination: Fr. Alain Arnould (South Belgium)
- Fr. Ulrich Engel (Teutonia)
Art has been a very important way
of preaching in the history of
the Order. Therefore,
the General

Chapter of Trogir
asked that the Jubilee
celebration be an opportunity to
present not only the artistic heritage of
the Order, but also the work of contemporary
Dominican artists who are in dialogue with the
artistic world and who preach through it.
From 7 November 2016, an art exhibition will take place
in Rome with the participation of artists from different
branches of the Dominican Family and from various regions
of the world. It will be an opportunity to rediscover the wealth
of forms, colors and styles that characterize the preaching of the
Order today.

Dominicans for the Defense of Human Rights

Coordination: Fr. Mike Deeb Delegation of the Order to the United Nations
- Promoters for Justice and Peace
Many Dominicans throughout history have understood that the mission of
preaching the Gospel goes directly to the defense of human dignity. The General Chapter of Trogir asked that, within the activities of the Jubilee Year, there
will be an event dedicated to the legacy of Fray Francisco de Vitoria and the
implications of his thought for the challenges posed by human rights today
(cf. ACG Trogir 61, 7).
This event will also be an opportunity to make known and promote the work
of many brothers and sisters accompanied by two instances of the worldwide
Order: the Delegation of the Order to the United Nations, and the “Salamanca
Process” that has been developing in several provinces and Dominican universities.

Congress for the Preaching of the Order
Date: 18 to 20 January 2017
Location: Rome
Coordination: Socius for Apostolic Life
The Jubilee Year concludes with a Congress that seeks to bring together
Dominicans from various regions of the world and from different cultural
and ecclesial contexts to reflect and share experiences around the mission
of preaching of the Order today. This congress aims to promote and illuminate the mission of the Order through a theological and pastoral reflection
on issues that are central to our preaching today. It will serve also as a point
of arrival for the reflection that the Order has been developing through the
Mission Forums and the Salamanca Process.

Closing Celebration of the Dominican Jubilee
Dates and locations:
January 20: Vigil at the Basilica of Santa Maria sopra Minerva (Rome)
January 21: Solemn Mass of the Closing of the Jubilee at St. John Lateran
Coordination: Steering committee of the Jubilee
On 21 January 1217, St. Dominic received the Bull Gratiarum Largitori Omnium from Pope Honorius III, which first speaks of the “Order of Preachers”. The
anniversary of this papal document was chosen as the closing date for the
Dominican Jubilee.
On the night of January 20, we will have a vigil of preparation at the Basilica
of Santa Maria sopra Minerva. The Solemn Mass on the 21st will be celebrated at the Basilica of St. John Lateran. The Holy Father has been invited to
celebrate the closing Eucharist.
We hope that this closing celebration would express the universality of the
Order. We invite the promoters of the Jubilee and the coordinators of the Dominican family in each country and region to encourage a big participation