The International Council of Lay Dominican Fraternities (ICLDF) held annual regular sessions on July 17 – 20, 2017 at the Convento Maximo de Sto. Domingo, in Quito, the lovely capital city of Ecuador, the second highest official capital city in the world. The Council meet focused on the ongoing preparations for the International Congress of Lay Dominicans that will take place at Fatima, Portugal on October 04-10, 2018. Seven (7) Commissions were formed to discuss specific areas of concerns and development on which questions were formulated to be distributed to the Lay Dominican Fraternities worldwide for initial discussions and suggestions. The Commissions are: Government, Rules and Statutes; Communications and Finances; Study and Formation; Prayers and Preaching; Justice and Peace and Care of Creation; On Relations with the Church and the Dominican Family; and, On Promoters. Local and international Committees were also formed by the Congress Secretary-General to facilitate the operations in the duration of the Congress. The Second International Congress took place in Pilar, Buenos Aires in Argentina in 2007. The First International Congress was held in 1985.

By Dr. Belen L. Tangco, OP

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