On 7 November 2015, throughout the world, members of the Dominican family launched the festivities for their 800th anniversary.
The General Promoter of the Rosary went to Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan to celebrate this event. In fraternal simplicity and joy the Jubilee was opened there with a mass in one of the houses of the Sisters of Saint Catherine of Sienna.
The Master of the Order, Brother Bruno Cadoré had communicated his thoughts just before the beginning of the celebration: “The "holy preaching" at Erbil will be particularly close to my heart during this evening’s celebration. Convey my fraternal affection to the sisters, brothers and all their families.”
Fr Louis-Marie’s homily underlined that the Jubilee offers each of us an opportunity to find the road to sanctity, according to three methods:
By being what we should be at the heart of the Dominican family: “We all have our place in this family and we pray for each other. My sisters, perhaps you have never been to Fatima, but Fatima comes to you, here in Iraq. A few minutes ago I received a message from that town’s Monastery and one of the sisters wrote: “Our prayers accompany you in that large country. Tell them, please, that we are with them in the very heart of our prayers.”
By welcoming God’s Mercy. Mercy for others and mercy for oneself. And it is no coincidence that our Jubilee corresponds to the one of Mercy desired by Pope Francis!
By taking refuge under Our Lady’s mantle. Saint Dominic’s vision is well known: in heaven, he is reunited with all the members of his Order under the Virgin’s mantle!
Live as a family, in mercy, under Our Lady’s mantle!
That’s the programme for our Jubilee… a programme of sanctity!
Church of the Annunciation – Ashti Camp – Erbil – Iraq
Fr. Louis-Marie ARIÑO-DURAND, OP
General Promoter of the Rosary