THE MISSIONARY ACTIVITIES OF THE FILIPINO DOMINICANS IN THE PHILIPPINES AND IN ABROAD.
A Dominican Vocation Discernment series (Part 3), Black Saturday, April 7, 2012.
PHILIPPINE DOMINICAN MISSIONARY WORK: FILIPINO MISSION OF PREACHING IN FOREIGN LAND.
Dominican Province of the Philippines
At Present, Sri Lankan Dominicans helped by Several Filipino Dominicans continue to preach the gospel and serve the people of god especially through teaching ministry in the national seminary and formation of local candidates for the order and of Lay Dominicans.
The Indonesian Dominican Priests helped by Several Filipino Dominicans preach the gospel and serve the people of god in Indonesia through Parishes, Ministry to the Youth, Formation of Lay Dominicans and inter-religious dialogue with Islam.
WHERE DO WE WORK?
The Friars of the Dominican Province of the Philippines are ministering to different places in the country:
1. Santo Domingo Church and Convent in Quezon City founded since January 1, 1588.
2. Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag Parish in Manaoag, Pangasinan founded in April 6, 1608.
5. House of the Most Holy Rosary in Angelicum, Iloilo in October 18, 1962.
8. Bahay Dominiko in August 8, 1996.
9. House of San Lorenzo Ruiz and Companion Martyrs in May 23, 2005.
11. House of St Antoninus in May 2011.
12. St Bartholomew Parish in Calayan and St Vincent Ferrer Parish in Camiguin Islands.
13. Mission in Indonesia.
14. Mission in Sri Lanka.
SANTO DOMINGO CHURCH AND CONVENT
The DOMINICAN FRIARS OF SANTO DOMINGO CONVENT invite the public to join daily life of Mass, Prayer, Contemplation and Sacrament as well as visit to the PRESTIGIOUS, BEAUTIFUL, MIRACULOUS AND ORIGINAL IMAGE OF OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY OF LA NAVAL DE MANILA and participate in Parish Apostolic Activities.
ST THOMAS AQUINAS PRIORY (UST)
The Friars living in the University are teachers of Philosophy, Theology, Scriptures, Canon Law among others. It is a place where new insights are discovered, scholarly books and articles, published and preaching developed.
OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY (Manaoag)
Being in custody of the miraculous image of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag is a great opportunity for the friars to meet and welcome the many pilgrims everyday.
CALERUEGA RETREAT CENTER (Batangas)
The Dominican Friars promote a healthy spirituality that appreciates nature as a gift from god. Breathing fresh air and gazing at the vast horizon, one gets a glimpse of the infinity of god in his creation.
HOUSE OF SAN LORENZO RUIZ AND COMPANION MARTYRS (Navotas)
The Preaching of TRUTH cannot be separated from works of justice and peace. Hence, the Dominicans have chosen Navotas as one of their centers for promoting justice.
ST RAYMUND OF PENYAFORT CONVENT (Legazpi)
The Dominicans cater to the needs of the region. They serve three aspects of the person: mind as well as EDUCATION, body as well as HOSPITAL and spirit as well as PASTORAL. It also serves as a cultural center of many sorts for Bicolanos.
ST BARTHOLOMEW PARISH, CALAYAN AND ST VINCENT FERRER PARISH, CAMIGUIN
Continuing the missionary zeal of their Spanish Fathers, the Filipino Friars in there houses cater to the spiritual and educational needs of the people. Their experiences have been that of peace, abundance and adventure.
ST JOHN LATERAN (Intramuros)
Being the oldest institution of the province, this convent has withstood the test of time. But more than survival. What makes this institution special is HOW IT HAS PRODUCED EXTRAORDINARY MEN IN HISTORY.
ST ALBERT THE GREAT CONVENT (Calamba)
Located in a lush green rural setting, St Albert Convent is a refreshing place for preachers to live in. Being presently the place of the Pre-Novitiate, it is here where the friar is reminded of his humble beginnings.
LETRAN COLLEGE (Bataan)
Despite having produced two great letran institutions: Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Manila and Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Calamba, Laguna, the Dominicans do not rest on their laurels.
HOUSE OF THE MOST HOLY ROSARY, ANGELICUM (Iloilo)
This house in history, beauty and apostolate rolled into one. Most of all, Angelicum will be known for being a cradle of education and spiritual formation.
HOUSE OF ST ANTONINUS (General Santos)
The newly erected house shall serve as a Dominican center in Mindanao dedicated to serve the church and locality of the region.
BAHAY DOMINIKO (Santo Domingo Church, Quezon City)
WHAT DO WE EXPECT TO DO IN THE FUTURE?
For nearly eight centuries now, the ORDER OF PREACHERS presently under the leadership ofFr Bruno Cadore OP, the Master of the Order has played a significant role in the life of the local and universal church. With God’s unending grace, the Dominicans, then and now, see themselves doing for another eight centuries and more what they do best, SPREADING THE LIGHT IN FIDELITY TO CHRIST, I AM A DOMINICAN.
PRIORITIES OF THE DOMINICAN PROVINCE OF THE PHILIPPINES
Through our media evangelization, we try to open the door to a deeper sense of hope which tells us that “GOD WILL WORK HIS WILL… SO THAT WHAT MUST NOT BE CANNOT BE… AND WHAT MUST BE, WILL BE.” Only in this hope, can we consequently break the silence of an unheeding society. As preachers in media evangelization, the brothers give hope in the hearts of those who can only wait in vain, if we would only choose, through media, to proclaim the word of salvation. The Brothers are involved in the Radio Veritas, Radio Angelicum, Spirit FM Calayan, Dominican Radio Manaoag and the Siete Palabras in Santo Domingo Church during Holy Week.
JUSTICE, PEACE AND CARE FOR CREATION
In our Dominican history and tradition, there had been the Justice and Peace dimension: Implicitly, in Dominic’s action in the famine at Palencia, in Catherine’s saintly embrace of lepers and beggars in Siena and Rome, in Antoninus’s social reforms in Florence, in Martin De Porres’s charity in Lima, in Bartolome De las Casas advocacy for indigenous peoples and explicitly, in our times, in Dominique Chenu, Albert Nolan, Gustavo Gutierrez. So in humbly owning this heroic heritage and heartily rising to the challenges of globalized disequilibrium and delumnanization, of sinful poverty and societal suffering, of virulent fear and violent strife, the Dominicans live the life and preach the message of hope, proclaiming and witnessing to our merciful god, who journeys with humanity especially with the church of the poor. In this hope, we raise our words and actions, in indignation against all injustice, in compassion towards the poor, in courage and solidarity with the least of our fellows.
The idea of Mission is BEING SENT TO SHARE THE FRUIT OF GOD’s LOVE – RESONATES IN THE HEART OF THE DOMINICAN VOCATION.
Dominic sent out the early Friars from quiet centers of study, prayer and community life to the frontiers, where light ended and darkness began. They went as LIGHTS SHINING IN THAT DARKNESS AND AS VOICES SHOUTING IN THAT WILDERNESS AND THERE WAS LIFE, THE LIFE OF HIM WHO PROCLAIMED HIMSELF THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE.
Mission is not about geography, it is about spirit. It is not about territory, it is about attitude, it is not about where a Friar is sent, it is about his consciousness of himself. As one being sent to some frontier, where the light of the lord is absent or shines only dimly.
The Dominicans have been known and challenged for the fine intellectual tradition from which they derive much inspiration and resources for the service they render to the church. They take pride in serving as advisors of the hierarchy on theological issues that affect the affairs of the church and addresses the problems besetting the life of faith of our people.
Theological Reflection simply means to dwell on a theology in the context of the concrete situation of the country and asia. This is in fact doing theology, it means interpreting and bringing the message of christ to the poor. Doing theology also means discovering and bringing the face of christ among the peoples of different cultures, faiths and moral persuasions.
Education encompasses religious, personal and social goals. Education is an extension of the church’s mission of evangelization. As such its purpose is to bring out the salvific dimensions of the arts, science, technology and culture. It aims at the synthesis of faith and culture of faith and life. It seeks to deepen faith as it develops reason leading to an appreciation and living of gospel values.
For the society, education nurtures culture and serve as catalyst of change and development. For the person, education is meant to bring out his of her total and integral development. Ultimately education enables the person to attain the purpose for which he or she was created, namely, union with god, communion with others and harmony with creation.
THE MAKING OF THE DOMINICAN
We have STAGES OF FORMATION IN THE DOMINICAN ORDER:
Before i end this topic, i would like to make some reflections.
WHAT SHALL I DO WITH MY LIFE?
WHERE DO I GO FROM HERE?
AM I THE KIND OF PERSON WHO COULD BECOME A DOMINICAN PRIEST?
I like to date, i like children, maybe i should get married.
A Married man today can do as much good in the world as a priest. Besides, the Church needs good laymen.
Still, AM I THE KIND OF PERSON WHO COULD BECOME A DOMINICAN PRIEST?
It’s a big step and takes a long time. I might not like it after i begin my studies and decide to leave, WASTING SEVERAL YEARS OF MY LIFE.
ARE THESE THOUGHTS AND DOUBTS WANDERING THROUGH YOUR MIND?
Perhaps YOU ARE A PERSON WHO IS CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR MOTIVES FOR CHOOSING THE DOMINICAN PRIESTHOOD.
ARE THEY THE RIGHT ONES?
There are so many TO GET AWAY FROM THE WORLD,
TO SAVE YOUR SOUL,
TO HELP OTHER PEOPLE,
TO OFFER THE SACRIFICE OF THE MASS AND HEAR CONFESSIONS,
TO GUARD THE MIRACULOUS IMAGE OF OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY OF LA NAVAL IN SANTO DOMINGO CHURCH,
TO BE HAPPY,
TO HAVE THAT SENSE OF FULFILLMENT IN KNOWING THAT YOU HAVE USED ALL OF YOUR ABILITIES TO SERVE GOD,
TO HAVE A WORTHWHILE CHALLENGE IN YOUR LIFE.
No doubt you feel you are not the kind of person who could become a priest because you consider yourself unworthy or inadequate. The fact is that you are an individual, which means YOU ARE UNIQUE.
THERE NEVER WILL BE ANOTHER PERSON JUST LIKE YOU.
ONLY YOU SMILE IN THAT CERTAIN WAY,
ONLY YOU GET GLOOMY AT THOSE CERTAIN TIMES,
WORRY ABOUT YOUR PROBLEMS AND HAVE YOUR OWN PECULIAR FEARS.
YET YOU ARE AN IMPORTANT PERSON BECAUSE YOU ARE UNIQUE AND AN INDIVIDUAL.
YOU ARE IMPORTANT TO YOURSELF,
TO YOUR FRIENDS AND TO YOUR FAMILY,
YOU ARE IMPORTANT TO GOD,
HE IS INTERESTED IN YOU.
After all HE HAS HIS PLANS FOR YOU AND IS INTERESTED THAT YOUR CHOICE OF DOMINICAN VOCATION CORRESPONDS TO HIS PLANS.
GOD, of course, WORKS QUIETLY.
YET HE ALWAYS GIVES INDICATIONS OF HIS ACTIVITY AND PLANS THROUGH SIGNS NOTHING MIRACULOUS,
JUST THE ORDINARY THINGS IN LIFE,
THE QUALITIES AND ABILITIES YOU HAVE,
THE EVERYDAY EVENTS IN YOUR LIFE SUCH AS THE PEOPLE YOU RUN INTO,
A CHANCE CONVERSATION OR A DISAPPOINTMENT.
You may find it difficult to perceive the significance of these things. Nevertheless you well may be that PARTICULAR PERSON WHOM GOD HAS CHOSEN TO BECOME A PRIEST.
If so, WHY NOT GIVE SOME THOUGHT TO THE PRIESTHOOD AS IT IS LIVED IN THE DOMINICAN ORDER IN SANTO DOMINGO CHURCH, QUEZON CITY.
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!