IN 1215 the Magna Carta was signed at Runnymede and in Rome the Fourth Lateran Council declared that no new religious order was to be founded unless it accepted an already approved rule.
This meant that St Dominic, who was in Rome hoping for approval of his new Order, had to travel back empty-handed to his Brothers in Toulouse.
In 1216 St Dominic went again to Rome and on December 22, 1216 Pope Honorius III gave approval to the Order of Friars Preachers.
2016 is the 800-year Jubilee of the Order of Preachers.
Around the world the friars, sisters and lay members will hold celebrations commencing with a Mass on November 7, 2015 in each Dominican community around the world.
“As the Order was founded to preach against a heresy that promoted material creation as bad,” Fr Karl Emerick, the Provincial Promoter of the 800-year Jubilee said.
“It is only right that the Order will celebrate in various ways that reflect the goodness of God and creation.
“The Province of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be holding events across the territory of the province – Australia, New Zealand, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea.
“A Pilgrimage is being planned to Rome, Spain and France in conjunction with World Youth Day to celebrate the Jubilee.
“A Dominican Family Gathering is planned for the second half of 2016 for all associated with the Dominican Family to discuss where the Dominicans have come from and what the future has in store.”
The Jubilee year will also feature the priestly ordinations of two Dominican brothers, Deacons Matthew Boland and James Baxter.
For those who would like to know more about the spirituality of the Dominican Order, the Dominican Friars will be running a two-day retreat for university students in Marian Valley, Canungra on October 9-10.
To register or for further information, please contact the Vocations Promoter, Fr Thomas Azzi O.P. on 0411 602 474 or firstname.lastname@example.org.