[This originally appeared on the website of the Dominican Order.]
The International Council of Lay Dominican Fraternities (ICLDF) held its 2014 meeting at the Caleruega Retreat Center, Batangas, Philippines on July 23-26, 2014. The new Promoter General of the Dominican Laity, Rev. Fr. Rui Carlos Antunes e Almeda Lopes, OP, gave the opening address followed by Belen L. Tangco’s Opening Statement.
The opening session was preceded by the Mass of the Holy Spirit presided over by the Socius of the Master for Asia Pacific, Rev. Fr. Vincent Lu, OP, homilist as well. The Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines, Rev. Fr. Gerard Francisco P. Timoner III, OP, gave the welcome address; Rev. Fr. Gerard Zabala, OP, Caleruega Director, shared his greetings.
ICLDF Regional Representatives present were Mr. Klaus Bornewasser, OP, Treasurer (Europe), Mr. Gary Sims, OP, Secretary (North America) and Adenike Emeke, OP, (Africa) who was elected ICLDF Coordinator 2014-2015. She succeeded Ms. Belen L. Tangco, OP, (Asia Pacific) ICLDF Coordinator 2006-2007; 2013-2014. Ms. Susana Brittos, OP, (Latin America and the Caribbean) could not make it to Caleruega. Attending guest was Mr. JoseAlberto, Coordinator of International Dominican Youth Movement (IDYM). Socius Vincent graced the sessions.
On July 25, 2014, Friday, the Dominican Family joined in the commencement celebration of the Jubilee of the Order by the Lay Dominicans from Asia Pacific. An edifying number of participants from the branches of the Dominican Family was gladly appreciated. Musical rendition was provided by Lay Dominicans from Sri Lanka, Ms. Sheila Silva, OP, and Ms. Ranjani Weerasinghe, OP; and four Vietnamese Lay Dominicans headed by their President. Lay Dominican tenor and soprano, Eugene de los Santos, OP, and Thea Perez, OP, rendered fascinating songs, together with some Liturgikon Vocal Ensemble members. Dominican nuns’ regional representative, Sr. Mary Augustine shared the activities of the Dominican nuns. Sr. Cecilia Espenilla, OP, invited everyone to join in the Justice and Peace & Care of Creation projects. Rev. Fr. Rui Carlos Lopes, OP, gave his talk on unity in celebrating the Jubilee of the Order. Rev. Fr. Honorato C. Castigador, OP, Provincial Promoter of Dominican Laity of the Dominican Province of the Philippines, delivered the Closing remarks. The joyous celebration was gleefully emceed by Dominican Network (DOMNET) youth Venus and Don. The Jubilee program was followed by a Jubilee Mass presided over by Prior Provincial Timoner, who also delivered a substantial and inspiring homily. Concelebrating with him were Rev. Frs. Vincent Lu, Rui Lopes, Honorato Castigador, and Holy Rosary Provincial Vicar, Rev. Fr. Jesus Prol, OP. Indeed, the celebration was familial and heartwarming.
by Dr. Belen L. Tangco, OP