Sr. Dagmar Fasel (Germany), Sr. Anneliese Schäpers (South Africa), and Sr. Jodi Cecilia Min (United States) represented the Dominican Sisters of Oakford at the closing of the 800th Jubilee of the Dominican Order in Rome, Italy, in January 2017.
The Master of the Order, Fr. Bruno Cadoré first opened the Jubilee of the 800th Anniversary of the Order at the Basilica of Santa Sabina, Rome, on November 7th, 2015. The theme of the 800th Jubilee was “Sent to Preach the Gospel”, a recalling and a renewal of the mission of the Order entrusted to St. Dominic by the Church. The Jubilee year was a period to look back and examine the ways Dominicans have effectively carried out this mission and to examine ways it can continue into the future. Throughout the Jubilee year, Dominican friars, sisters and laity held various events all over the world to celebrate.
The Jubilee celebration culminated in two final events: a Congress on the Mission of the Order and a Closing Papal Mass. The Congress on the Mission of the Order was held at the Angelicum from 17 to 20 January 2017. At the Congress, Fr. Bruno proclaimed that the priorities of Dominicans in the coming future should include three components: preaching, fraternity and encounter. He emphasized that the focus of Dominicans should be on, "young people, the digital world, emigration, and above all on study and study to build communities."
The Closing Mass was celebrated by the Holy Father Pope Francis at the Lateran Basilica in Rome on the 21st of January 2017. There were over 2,000 members of the Dominican family and friends in attendance. During his homily, the Holy Father highlighted the importance of the Order of Preachers throughout the history of the Church.
“Today, we give glory to the Father for the work that Saint Dominic carried out, full of the light and salt of Christ, 800 years ago; a work at the service of the Gospel, preached with the word and with life; a work that, with the grace of the Holy Spirit, has helped so many men and women to not be dispersed in the midst of the ‘carnival’ of worldly curiosity, but who instead savored the taste of healthy doctrine, the taste of the Gospel and became in turn light and salt, craftsmen of good works … and true brothers and sisters that glorify God and teach <others> to glorify God with the good works of life.”
The Congress and the Eucharistic celebration in Rome were the last events of the Jubilee Year of the Order.