Dominican Jubilee in Toulouse

Why is the Province of Toulouse celebrating already in 2015?



Although the Jubilee of the Order of Preachers is not yet officially launched, in the South West of France in the Province of Toulouse celebrations are already well underway and the month of May has a particularly heavy schedule of events. It is not just that the friars here are impatient to start the festivities before everybody else, there are indeed sound historical reasons.

This year the feast of the translation of St Dominic’s relics coincides with Pentecost weekend, in the very month that marks the 800th anniversary of the beginnings of the first community of Preachers in Toulouse. It is important to remember that before the Order of Preachers was instituted for the universal Church by Pope Honorius III, there was a diocesan institute of preachers set up at the initiative of Foulque, Bishop of Toulouse with Dominic at its head. The official mission of these new preachers was “to eradicate heresy, eliminate vice, teach the rule of faith and inculcate sound morals.” This happened in May 1215, thus the current celebrations are most timely.

In fact, Dominic was becoming progressively more integrated into the diocesan Church of Toulouse, since his presumed return from Spain in 1211. Although his immediate priority at this point was to help the still sprouting monastic community at Prouilhe, for it was not until 1211-1212 that proper buildings were erected for the sisters, allowing all the nuns to be housed together in one place.

In 1214 Dominic held charge of the Christian community in Fanjeaux, and so in that sense he was the parish priest. At the end of this same year, there is evidence of Dominic in Toulouse as praedicationis minister. Around this same period, he was elected Bishop of Couserans, but declined to take up the post.

In January 1215 however, events took a different turn. Dominic received the gift of some properties in Toulouse, which made the setting up of a community of preachers a distinct possibility. The donor was Pierre Seilhan, well known to us through the still surviving “Maison Pierre Seilhan” in the Place du Parlement at Toulouse.

The transfer of the property was finalised on April 25th 1215, when the Seilhan inheritance was settled and property shared between the two brothers. In May Bishop Foulque formalised the arrangement, making Dominic’s community a permanent diocesan institution.

For the celebration of their Jubilee, the Province of Toulouse had series of events; exhibitions, concerts etc., and the grand celebration was held on Pentecost Sunday (May 24) at the Convent Church of St. Thomas Aquinas in Toulouse. These activities were well publicized on the web and on social media. They also launched a website on the history of the Order.


Prayer for the Jubilee of the Order

Prayer for the Jubilee of the Order

The Order of Preachers is preparing for the Jubilee celebration on the occasion of the 800 years of its approval. As Dominicans, we know that prayer is essential to enter into the dynamics of renewal and metanoia to which the Jubilee celebration calls us. For this reason, we would like to invite all the Dominican family to join in the praying of the Jubilee prayer, which is translated in different languages on the Jubilee website. (

God, Father of mercy,

who called your servant Dominic de Guzman

to set out in faith

as an itinerant pilgrim and a preacher of grace,

as we prepare to celebrate the Jubilee of the Order

we ask you to pour again into us

the Spirit of the Risen Christ,

that we might faithfully and joyfully proclaim

the Gospel of peace,

through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.


It would be ideal, if each convent, home, community and fraternity of the Order is in communion with the entire Dominican family around the world through a unified praying of this common prayer.

On the same page you can find a bookmark with the Jubilee prayer in the three official languages of the Order. The Dominican communities who would wish to download this bookmark and produce copies for all those who would like to join in are encouraged to do so.

In particular, we request the local promoters of the Jubilee to distribute this bookmark among the communities and invite the members of the Dominican family to share this prayer with others. Should your region speak another language, we welcome your translation of this prayer and we will very well appreciate to receive a copy to share on our website through our e-mail:

(25 March 2014)


The Master of the Order visits DHS

The eighty-seventh Master of the Order, Bruno Cadoré, O.P., recently visited the House of Studies in Washington, D.C. In addition to the personal interviews he had with each member of the community, he also generously made time to offer a few pearls of wisdom about Saint Dominic in the video interview below.

Fr Rui Lopes is the New Promoter for the Laity

Rui Carlos Antunes e Almeida Lopez

The Master of the Order, fr Bruno Cadoré has appointed fr Rui Carlos Antunes e Almeida Lopes as the new General Promoter of the Laity. He is from the Province of Portugal. His appointment is for 6 years.

Fr Rui who was born at Harare, Zimbabwe made his first religious profession in the Order in 1981 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1985. He has a PhD in the Science of Documentation and Archives.

Before his appointment, he has been the Archivist and the Promoter of the Dominican Laity in his province. He was also a Military Chaplain, chaplain of the Sovereign Order of Malta and the Secular Institute of Caritas Christi.

Fr Rui succeeds fr David Kammaler, who after serving in the office for 6 years, will be returning to his home Province of Teutonia. He is going to continue to serve as the Assistant Promoter of the Dominican Family in his province.

On behalf of the Master of the Order, fr Bruno Cadoré and the entire General Curia, we wish fr David the best in his future endeavour.