Dominicans celebrate 800 years

By Adrian Middeldorp

The Order of Preachers, commonly known as the Dominicans, will celebrate their 800 years with a “Sent to preach the Gospel” themed Jubilee Year. The Jubilee Year will begin on 7 November, 2015 (Feast of All Saints of the Order) and end on 21 January, 2017 (the date of the Bull Gratiarum omnium largitori of Pope Honorius III).

Founded by St Dominic de Guzmán, the Order “is known to have been established, from the beginning, for preaching and the salvation of souls”. Membership in the Order includes friars (priests), nuns, active sisters, and lay or secular Dominicans.

Brothers from the Polish Province of the Dominicans, who serve at St Joseph’s Parish in Kingswood, would like to invite all to participate in the Jubilee celebrations. Pope Francis has granted a special Jubilee indulgence for the faithful who pray in a Dominican church. Every morning adoration will finish with prayers to gain a plenary indulgence.

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