For the first time since the founding of the Dominican Order nearly 800 years ago, Dominican cooperator brothers from around the world gathered in Lima, Peru in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of the Canonization of Martin De Porres. This historic International Assembly of Cooperator Brothers took place from October 31, 2012 to November 3, 2012 at the St. Rose House of Spirituality, a retreat center located next to the Shrine of St. Rose of Lima.
Cooperator brothers are described as men whose love for God and desire to serve the Church have led them to seek to live as vowed religious. With the support of their community of fellow Dominicans, they go about their prayer, study, ministry and preaching with joyful hearts. And though they are not priests, their lives are rooted in the sacramental life of the Church.
The assembled Brothers gathered in a building across the street from the place where Martin De Porres was born and raised, and a very short walk from the Convent of St. Dominic where he lived as a friar. Approximately 55 brothers representing nearly 20 countries were present including three brothers from the Province of St. Albert the Great: Br. Ed van Merrienboer, O.P., Br. Joe Trout, O.P., and Br. Martin Taylor, O.P.
The brothers gathered to pray, reflect, and discuss the vocation, formation, and role of the cooperator brother in the Dominican Order and in the Church today. They also studied and celebrated the lives of St. Martin De Porres, St. Juan Macias, and St. Rose of Lima while reflecting upon the impact of their lives, especially those of Martin and Juan, on the Order and upon cooperator brothers today.