BIRTH OF THE DOMINICAN PROVINCE OF THE PHILIPPINES.
A Dominican Vocation Discernment series (Part 2), Good Friday, April 6, 2012.
DOMINICAN MISSIONARY WORK: WHEN THE DOMINICANS LANDED ON PHILIPPINE SOIL.
Dominican Province of the Philippines
During the Spanish period, the Dominicans worked in the present day provinces of Bataan, Pangasinan, Cagayan Valley, Isabela, Nueva Viscaya, Babuyan Islands, Apayao, Zambales, Tarlac, the Cordillera Region of Northern Luzon, Batanes, Laguna and Cavite. They also worked in La Union, Iloilo and Vigan and among the Chinese in the Philippines. Being all things to all men and women, the work of the Dominicans was not limited to the conversion of Pagans. The Missionaries were by force of circumstances, engineers, agriculturists, doctors, teachers, judges, fund raisers, road builders, policemen and peacemakers. All in an effort to bring the natives into the light of Christian civilization. In 1898 of the 233 Dominican Friars in the Philippines, we have 233 Dominican Friars in the Philippines, 72 were parish priests and 36 were missionaries.
DOMINICAN EDUCATIONAL APOSTOLATE
The Second great apostolate of the Dominicans is in EDUCATION. In 1611, the University of Sto Tomas which started as a framing ground for those aspiring for the clergy, was established from a request of the Dominican Archbishop of Manila, Miguel De Benavides. The University of Santo Tomas was followed by the Colegio de San Juan de Letran, founded in 1620 for the education of Orphans. Both institutions contributed immensely to the building of the country. To date, these schools have produced men and women who have shaped the nations destiny. These two educational institutions were them followed by: Angelicum College in Quezon City, Angelicum School in Iloilo, Letran College in Calamba, Letran College in Bataan, Aquinas University, Holy Rosary College in Manaoag, Pangasinan and soon, UST in General Santos City and UST in Sta Rosa, Laguna.
DOMINICAN PROVINCE OF THE PHILIPPINES: FROM THE SPANISH PROVINCE OF THE MOST HOLY ROSARY CAME THE DOMINICAN PROVINCE OF THE PHILIPPINES.
420 have passed and hundreds of Dominican Missionaries have served in the islands under the auspices of the Spanish Province of the Most Holy Rosary. Another Province was erected in 1971, the DOMINICAN PROVINCE OF THE PHILIPPINES.
PRIORITIES OF THE DOMINICAN ORDER IN THE PHILIPPINES.
The Order’s primary mission is PREACHING FOR THE SALVATION OF SOULS, but as a province, four priorities were identified as guide in actualizing their mission.
1. Evangelization principally through education and media apostolates.
2. Theological reflection applied to the religious and cultural, social, economic, labor and political, technological and scientific situations of the Philippines and Asia.
3. Justice, Peace and Care of Creation.
(to be continued…)
Santo Domingo Church, Quezon City.
Dominican Province of the Philippines
Who live by the example of St Dominic de Guzman, St Albert the Great, St Thomas Aquinas, St Vincent Ferrer, St Martin de Porres, St Peter de Verona, St Raymund of Penafort,St Vincent Liem dela Paz and the Companions of St Lorenzo Ruiz who died as martyrs.
Missionaries who evangelized Bataan, Pangasinan andCagayan. Religious Priests and Brothers who founded and work at the University of Sto Tomas, Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Manila, Laguna and Bataan, Aquinas University in Legazpi and the Angelicum College in Quezon City and Iloilo.
The only requirement is your willingness to try.
For details, please call Santo Domingo Convent at telephone number # 7126275 / 7437758 / 09156784728 or you may visit the Mother Church of the Dominican Province of the Philippines and National Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of La Naval – Santo Domingo Church and Convent, 537 Quezon Avenue, Quezon City.
DOMINICAN PROVINCE OF THE PHILIPPINES
AM – 5:45*, 6:30, 7:15, 8:00 AM & 12:15 NN
PM – 6:00
* Rosary, Mass with Liturgy of the Hour
SUNDAYS AND HOLYDAYS:
AM – 5:00, 6:00, 7:00, 8:00*, 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00
PM – 4:00*, 5:00, 6:00, 7:00
* 8:00 am – Conventual Mass
* 4:00 pm – Parish Mass
MASS WITH BLESSING OF THE SICK AND DISTRIBUTION OF BREAD – every Tuesday right after 12:15 nn & 6:00 pm Mass.
WHO ARE THE LAY DOMINICANS?
The lay Dominicans or Secular Dominicans, as they are called today, (and who in the past have been known as Dominican Tertiaries, members of the Third Orders of St. Dominic, or members of the Order of Penance of St. Dominic) are ‘an Association of the faithful living in the world, who participate in the religious and apostolic life of the Order of Friars Preachers under the guidance of the Dominican Brethren and according to the Rule approved by the Holy See and thus strive for Christian Perfection.’ Although the word profession is often used, they do not take vows and, therefore, cannot be strictly called religious; yet, in a wide sense, they may be called religious living in the world. (R.Vahey, OP,Information)
‘Their vocation is superior to membership in a sodality or confraternity because it includes canonical status in a major religious Order and embraces a more universal objective’ (J.Rubba OP, Third Order of St. Dominic)
It is composed of Lay people, men and women, single and married, who live in and are a sign to the World.
(Excerpts from: Lay Dominicans Manual by:Eladio Neira, OP p29)
From the very beginning of the Order of Preachers, there are already groups of Lay people that participates in the apostolic works and associates themselves with the dominican friars. accordingly, “it has its origin in one of the twelfht century penitential movements which centered around St. Dominic, the founder of the Order of Preachers gathered around himself groups of Lay People for the spiritual and material defense of the Church and, ultimately for the participation in the Apostolate. (E.Neira, O.P.) “Thus, it is not surprising that the “history” of the Third Order does not begin in 1285, when the Master General Munio de Zamora officially promulgated its Rule, nor back to the early years of the 13th century, when St. Dominic lived and worked. The “history” of the Third Order goes back many decades before that. To understand what the Third Order is and whence it came, we have to look at the Church of the Middle Ages and the society in which it lived.” (Richard Weber)
it was known then to be the Order of Penitents of St. Dominic, Third Order of St. Dominic, and now as “Lay Dominican Fraternities”.
REQUISITE FOR ADMISSION:
The Dominican Lay Fraternity taps the vocation of men and women (Single or Married with the consent of spouse) to live a life of STUDY, PRAYER and APOSTOLIC WORK according to his / her own state of life.
1. Well disposed person
2. Practicing Catholic
3. Living a devout life and good refute
4. At least 18 years of age
5. Sincerely desirous of christian perfection
6. Can present a letter of recommendation from his/her parish priest
7. Must not belong to any other religious congregation or with another third order
8. Must be willing to attend meetings and study regularly
Any interested party may ask to be interviewed by any Lay Dominican of the Santo Domingo Fraternity. Regular council and Chapter meeting is held every First Sunday of the month from 12:00 nn – 4:00 pm at Santo Domingo Church – National Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of La Naval, 537 Quezon Avenue, Quezon City. For details, pls call Santo Domingo Convent at # 7126271 or text at # 09154855915
SPREAD THE WORD! BE A DOMINICAN LIVING IN THE WORLD!