How did the praying of the Rosary start? Until the early part of the 17th century, it was widely believed that St. Dominic, the founder of the Order of Preachers (commonly known as the Dominican Order) received the Rosary from the Blessed Virgin Mary herself. Although many present-day devotional paintings, pictures, calendars, and altar pieces still attest to this belief, historians generally agree that the Rosary, as a form of prayer, was a product of centuries of evolution which began long before the time of St. Dominic.
The martyrdom of Saint Thomas (Becket) of Canterbury, by Master Francke (ca. 1424)
A recent statement, issued by Archbishop Socrates Villegas, DD, OP (Member, Dominican Priestly Fraternity) and the clergy of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan, bore for its title the words of England's famous King Henry II: "Will no one relieve me of this meddlesome priest?"
So who is this 'meddlesome priest?'
King Henry was referring to his (formerly) great friend, Thomas Becket, who served as his high and mighty Chancellor. Hoping to bend the Church in England to conform to his royal will, King Henry, on the earliest opportunity, nominated Chancellor Becket to concurrently serve as the Archbishop of Canterbury, an inarguably influential position. As Primate of all England, the Archbishop of Canterbury was the spiritual authority in the kingdom.
A MESSAGE OF SOLIDARITY WITH THE CLERGY AND THE CHURCH, WITH REGARD TO RECENT CASES OF VIOLENCE AGAINST PRIESTS IN THE PHILIPPINES
We, the Young Thomasian Professionals (YTP) Lay Dominican group (Santísimo Rosario Parish, University of Santo Tomás, Manila), join the Diocese of Cabanatuan and the entire Catholic Church in the Philippines in mourning and condemning the recent murder of Rev. Fr. Richmond Nilo, and of the other priests slain before him. We lament and condemn all senseless acts of violence against servants of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We heartily and willingly join the Dominican Family, as well as our bishops, priests, and the whole Church, in our prayerful, united, and strong demand for justice, and for an immediate end to the culture of violence and death that seems to reign over our country.
On June 10, 2018, Rev. Fr. Richmond Nilo of the Diocese of Cabanatuan was preparing to celebrate Sunday Mass with his parishioners when he was shot by unknown gunmen inside a chapel in Zaragosa, Nueva Ecija. He is already the second priest from the province to have been murdered, and the fourth case of violence against priests since the murder of Fr. Tito Paez in December 2017. The following is a statement from Most Rev. Socrates B. Villegas, D.D., O.P. (Dominican Priestly Fraternity), Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan.
Our dear people of God: They are killing our flock. They are killing us, the shepherds. They are killing our faith. They are cursing our Church. They are killing God again as they did in Calvary.
Killing is the solution. Killing is the language. Killing is the way. Killing is the answer. Killing is encouraged. Killing is their job. Killers are rewarded. Killers boast of their murders.
Bishop Camilo D. Gregorio (fourth from right) with Santisimo Rosario Parish Priest and YTP Spiritual Director, Fr. Louie Coronel, OP, and Dominican Laity president and YTP formator, Dr. Belen L. Tangco, OP, together with the Young Thomasian Professionals Lay Dominicans. Photo taken after the Diamond Jubilee Thanksgiving Mass (October 1, 2017). PHOTO: YTP SOCIAL MEDIA COMMITTEE
SAN JUAN CITY -- On May 21, 2018, the first-ever celebration of the memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, at 9:10pm, Most Reverend Camilo Diaz Gregorio, D.D., O.P., Bishop-Prelate Emeritus of Batanes and a member of the Dominican Priestly Fraternities, returned to the house of the Father. He had been confined at Cardinal Santos Medical Center since May 9 due to pneumonia. He reportedly suffered mild stroke last week, while undergoing dialysis. He was 78.