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Order of Preachers - World Web Site  -
The official international Web site of the Order of Preachers (the Dominicans). The branches of the Dominican family are multiple: brothers, contemplative nuns, congregations of contemplative and apostolic sisters, lay persons in fraternities or secular institutes, secular priests in fraternities. "Each one has its own character, its autonomy. However by taking part in the charism of saint Dominic, they share between them a single vocation to be preachers in the Church

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Promoteur général du laïcat dominicain

Dominican Laity Office
Curia Generalizia Domenicani
Convento Santa Sabina
Piazza Pietro d'Illiria, 1
00153 Roma, Italia

Centralino (main line):  (39) 06-57940-1
Fax:  (39) 06-575-0675

International Congress website:

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Office of Promoter General of the Dominican Laity
Tel:  (39) 06-57940-657

International Congress of Lay Dominican Fraternities - ICLDF


European Congress of Lay Dominican Fraternities - ECLDF - A Brief History



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General Chapters -

The General Chapter, which is the highest authority in the Dominican Order, is an assembly of friars representing the Provinces of the Order, coming together to discuss and define matters pertaining to the good of the entire Order. When necessary it elects the Master of the Order. From the very beginnings of the Dominican Order, one can distinguish two types of General Chapter: Chapters of Provincials and Chapters of Diffinitors. To these is added the General Chapter, comprised both of Provincials and Diffinitors.

The General Chapter is above all a legislative assembly. A proposal becomes law for the whole Order only after having had the favourable vote of the three successive Chapters. These three Chapters thus constitute, in a certain sense, a unity, since it is in this triad of Chapters that, according to the spirit of the Order, the entire legislative power resides. The mechanism of the three successive Chapters is provided for in Dominican legislation with an aim of: a) stopping a new law from taking effect by way of improvisation or as the expression of a tendency of only one assembly; b) providing time for reflection on the opportuneness of the new law; c) avoiding facile and frequent changes which might create "confusion and bring ridicule upon legislation" (Humbert of Romans).

         Providence General Chapter Website 2001




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