“Just before he finished his term a few months ago, our beloved Master, Bruno Cadoré, announced that the focus of our annual Dominican Month for Peace for 2019 would be on India. This is a unique moment of solidarity of the whole Dominican Family during Advent, praying that the Prince of Peace will bless all of our efforts.”
–Father Gerard Timoner, OP, Master of the Order
On December 1st, we began the Dominican Month of Peace. It was introduced in 2017 to promote global Dominican solidarity with our brothers and sisters who are trying to bring hope in situations of violence, poverty, and war. It runs throughout Advent until January 1. The focus this year is India and highlights the human rights of children, women and indigenous people. It’s an opportunity to educate the Dominican family about the ‘family’ in other parts of the world and how they are ministering.
What does our family look like? There are 159 friars, 452 sisters in seven congregations, five nuns, 143 lay Dominicans in six chapters and 109 Dominican youth. You can see where they minister by checking out this map of India (below) or clicking this link to a list of the individual congregations.
Since the 1990’s the Dominican Family in India (DFI) has been working among the marginalized especially with children, women and indigenous rural communities. Through many and diverse awareness and sensitization programs in families, schools, and communities, the DFI is trying to create safe environments and neighborhoods where children can be protected from exploitation and their rights safeguarded. They work with women to challenge gender violence and exploitation and to insist on gender equality and more political participation. They also work with indigenous communities to empower and strengthen their political participation and to be accepted as integral and equal members of society.
Each week during the Dominican Month of Peace, there will be information on India, its history, its people and life in India today as well as the work supported by the Dominican Family in India. There will also be several blogs on trafficking in India. Please take time each day to pray for the Dominican Family in India and for the people with whom they minister.