|Established Under Guidance of Father Luigi Giussani
VATICAN CITY, 12 JUNE 2006 (ZENIT)
Here is the description of the
Memores Domini Lay Association which appears in the Directory of
International Associations of the Faithful, published by the Pontifical
Council for the Laity.
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Official name: Memores Domini Lay Association
Also known as: Memores Domini or Adult Croup
History: The Memores Domini were established in Milan under the guidance
of Father Luigi Giussani by a number of lay people who had previously
been members of Gioventù Studentesca (Student Youth).
After 1968, the members of Memores Domini felt the need to practice the
common life and set themselves up in "families." The association spread
through Italy and abroad, and in 1981 received canonical recognition
from the bishop of Piacenza, Enrico Manfredini.
On Dec. 8, 1988, the Pontifical Council for the Laity recognized the
Memores Domini Lay Association as an international association of the
faithful of pontifical right.
Identity: The Memores Domini Association is for people belonging to the
Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, who follow a vocation of total
devotion to God by living in the world and practicing the evangelical
counsels with personal and private commitment as their purpose.
There are two main factors in their spiritual project: contemplation, in
the sense of living in the continuing memory of Christ, and the mission,
as the passionate desire to bring the Christian message into the lives
of men and women, meeting them above ail in their workplaces, which is
the normal field in which they bear witness.
The Memores Domini practice the common life living in houses for men and
for women, respectively, where they live according to a rule of silence,
personal and community prayer, poverty, obedience and fraternal love.
The purpose of these houses is to enable mutual edification in the
memory of Christ, in terms of the mission.
The professed members attend four spiritual retreats a year together,
and once a year a course of spiritual exercises. The aspirants join a
house after the first year of probation, and throughout the period of
their novitiate, which lasts at least five years, they attend
instruction and specially planned days of recollection every month.
Organization: The house is the fundamental unit of the structure of the
association. In exceptional cases, individual members may continue to
live in their own homes while taking part in the life of their house as
their benchmark. The general oversight of the Memores Domini is
exercised by a board of directors ("Direttivo").
Membership: There are about 1,600 Memores Domini, and 400 aspirants. The
association is present in 32 countries, in Africa, Asia, Europe, the
Middle East, North America and South America.
Web site: www.comunioneliberazione.org
Associazione Laicale Memores Domini
Via della Panetteria, 51
Via G. Marconi, 33
Fraz. Gudo G.
20090 Buccinasco MI
Tel. (+39) 0245.70.84.71
© Copyright 2006
Libreria Editrice Vaticana [adapted]