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XII IDYM International Meeting Toulouse - 2016

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Toulouse is the land where a new voice began to announce the Gospel. Today, 800 years later, this same land has received more than 130 young Dominicans from Asia, Africa, America and Europe, to celebrate the Dominican Jubilee together, in the eighth centenary after the canonical approval of the Order of Preachers, founded by Saint Dominic of Guzmán in this region.

"Here we were born and our vocation takes here a special sense" with these words, fr Rui Lopes promoter of the Dominican Laity, received participants of the XII Meeting of the International Dominican Youth Movement (IDYM).

"Young Dominicans sent to preach the Gospel" was the motto that accompanied the IDYM meeting from July 16 to 21. Fr Rui remembered in the welcoming Eucharist that preaching is not giving speeches or lectures, but preaching is to love and to lead others to happiness, it is to love the world and its people, and that Dominican preaching is born primarily from contemplation.

During the meeting, young people visited Fanjeaux and Prouilhe, the cradle of the Holy Preaching, it was an opportunity to be in the foundations of St. Dominic, they prayed there and shared with the Dominican nuns, listening to their experiences of living in the place where it all began. From Fanjeaux, they made pilgrimage to Montreal, and passing through Carcassonne, they returned to Toulouse.

On the study day, the Master of the Order, fr Bruno Cadoré, greeted the participants via Skype from the General Chapter of Bologna (Italy), he reminded them, that young people are not only passive agents, but protagonists in the mission of preaching.

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In Valencia (Spain), an evening event was held on Friday, June 10, in order to sensitize on the situation that Syrian refugees are living. It was a remarkable initiative promoted by Dalit, a group from the MJD of Valencia, joined by the group Endavant, the Royal Convent of Preachers from Valencia and the Diocesan Secretariat for immigrants and refugees of the Archbishopric.


As Marita (on behalf of IDYM) and Olbier (from the Archbishopric) exposed at the beginning of the evening, the main idea was to raise awareness about the difficult circumstances that the refugees are suffering and it invited the participants to stand in solidarity with them. It was simply about creating an environment to empathize with them, open our doors to them and help them in what we can.

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In order to live the ideals of Preaching, Compassion, and Common Life that define our Dominican Identity, we, members of the Movement of Young Dominicans of Haiti organize a mission every year at the end of Lent or during the holy week .

This mission is prepared by a committee of three or four members of the Movement who have volunteered under the supervision of the committee. The place is usually proposed by the attendant. This is a remote area, almost isolated, with a chapel or parish, where people live in poverty. The Commission contacted the priest who lives in the region to express our desire to achieve the mission in the community and ask them housing opportunities. A fee that will be used to pay for transportation is asked to young people wishing to participate in the mission. Then, a grant application is sent to friends of the group, individuals, leaders of religious communities (Dominican Sisters, the Dominican brothers etc.). The sum or food and other items collected will be used to restore youth and preparing food kits that will be available to some families.

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Rejoice with me my sisters and brothers for thirty new college preachers were added to the family! During the week of May 24th, thirty students from Dominican Universities/Colleges or colleges with a Dominican presence gathered at Siena Heights University, in Adrian, MI for the 14th National Preaching in Action Conference. The participating universities/colleges included Albertus Magnus College, CT; Barry University, FL; Caldwell University, NJ; Dominican College, NY; Dominican University, CA; Dominican University, IL; Edgewood College, WI; Molloy College, NY; Ohio Dominican University; OH, Siena Heights University, MI; St. Catherine College, KY; and Yale University, CT.

These young people came together to learn about the Dominican charism of preaching and how that charism can be incorporated into their own lives and passed on to others. They were given the opportunity to experience themselves as preachers using the mediums of art, dance, drama, and music.

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The long-awaited Papal visit to Kenya was worth the preparation and the wait as thousands thronged to listen and some at least to see the Holy Father.

Thousands travelled from vast parts of the country to the capital city, Nairobi where the Pope was expected to give his speeches. All went well and not even the rain could disrupt these events. This had been a third time that Kenyans welcomed a Pope with first being St. John Paul II in 1985, and a second time in 1995.

A renewal of Christian vigor

The Papal visit couldn't be timelier, at a time when the Christian and especially the catholic faith has been under criticism from the government and other denominations on its stand on health and spiritual issues. The visit by the Holy Father strengthen the vigor of many catholic faithful and clergy as well.

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FransicoCollGuatemalas Dominican Youth Movement has completed the first part of the project in which they take part along with the Dominican Sisters of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin.

This project consists of helping the children from the Francisco Coll School, located in the outskirts of the zone 3 dump in their town. This area is quite dangerous and that was what led them to help the School, as they want a better country and the best way to make it develop is helping the new Guatemalan generations.

Given the place where the School is located, the first phase involved fencing the playground and the School with electric wire, in order to give them more security.

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Receive a warm greeting on behalf of the IDYM International Commission and all those who with great effort are preparing the International Meeting and the Assembly of Representatives of Toulouse 2016.

Soon we will start our international meeting with 800 years of reasons to celebrate. This will be a very special moment for the Dominican Youth Movement which was inspired by the footsteps of our father Saint Dominic. We will celebrate our history that looks to the future of our evangelizing mission.

We know you have many questions about the meeting. For this reason, we want to reiterate the necessary information previously disseminated.

IDYM International Meeting and Assembly

The International Meeting (16 to 21 July) will take place in important places in the history of Saint Dominic and the origin of the Order in France. Together, we will visit significant places like the home of Peter Seila in Toulouse and the monastery of nuns in Prouilhe. Consideing these activities, the accommodation, transportation and food are already included in the registration fees.

Program activities Of the International Meeting and Assembly per day

  • July 16: Day of arrival / Opening Mass (Toulouse)
  • July 17: Day of mission (preaching in Toulouse)
  • July 18: Visit Fanjeaux and Prouilhe (Fanjeaux overnight stay)
  • July 19: Pilgrimage walk from Fanjeaux to Montreal (approx 12km) and visit to Carcassonne / Return to Toulouse
  • July 20: Visit to Jacobins / Presentation of countries / Cultural Night (Toulouse)
  • July 21: Day of departure for the Meeting participants (Toulouse)
  • July 21 to 23: IDYM Assembly (Toulouse)
  • July 24: Departure day for the Assembly participants (Toulouse)

Throughout the meeting, there will be time for the presentation of Movements of different countries, as well as various cultural expressions. Throughout the month of May we will send a letter to the countries and their participants with the practical information and what you need to prepare.

Our International Assembly (21 to 23 July) in which only registered head representatives from each country are required, will be held in Toulouse in the "familial Foyer d'Etudiant-e-s" from the dominican sisters, a place where the participants will also be accommodated. Other participants who are not part of the Assembly can stay in the same accommodation full board (for 17 / day) until the 24th, which is the final day for everyone.

We recall that the total cost is 180 per person and includes all expenses for accommodation, meals, travel, tickets and translators during the meeting. It also includes the costs for all representatives participating in the Assembly, so does not lead to an additional cost.

Participation is open to all members of the Dominican Youth Movement of 18 years or above. Youth Groups or Movements of Dominican Charism or near to it are also invited. Two representatives per country, province or movement (depending on each case) that is part of IDYM are officially invited in the Assembly. Representatives of countries that are not IDYM members can also apply for participation in the Assembly as observers.

An important clarification is in relation to health insurance. The Organization IDYM Toulouse International Meeting 2016 has not considered the cost of health insurance enrollment but takes into consideration the provision of first aid in case of emergency. It is true that no documents and registation were required for such insurance since it is not deemed mandatory for the trip; however, we believe and we recommend for you to avail of a travel insurance to cover your stay in France to avoid any inconvenience in your travel. Otherwise, you must pay personally for all the costs of any unforeseen and unfavorable incidents that you could encounter.

Below is the link to the final registration form. It should be filled an application entry per person with all the required data. Registration is open until June 12 or until slots remain available.

Go to the Inscription Form

We hope that this becomes a truly enriching experience of encounter among young people, but most especially an experience with Christ in the likeness of Dominic. See you in Toulouse !!

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