TIron Curtain has kept th'ree higher superiors of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) from attending the order's general chapter in Bologna.
The three are provincial Superiors of Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Poland. But the remainder of the 38 provincial superiors came to the meeting, which opened under the presidency of the Dominican Master General, Fr. Michael Brown, O.P.
The first week of the two-week chapter was devoted to examining the work of nine commissions that met separately to weigh suggestions made by Dominican houses throughout the world. The second week will be given to discussion and approval of new rules proposed for the order.
Bologna was the site of the order's first general chapter, convened in 1220 by the founder, St. Dominic.