Posted June 14, 2006
Another Lay Association that reflects the rise in lay movements. For more on
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Memores Domini Lay Association [for more information on this association go
Memores Domini Lay Association
Established Under Guidance of Father Luigi Giussani
VATICAN CITY, JUNE 12, 2006 - 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.
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 Gioventý 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
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 all 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.