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.
QUEZON CITY -- On March 26-28, 2018 (Holy Monday to Holy Wednesday), we held our annual retreat at Manresa Retreat House, which is run by the Hijas de Jesus. This year's retreat master is Rev. Fr. Marcelino Saria, O.P. Our spiritual director and parish priest, Rev. Fr. Louie R. Coronel, O.P., celebrated Mass with us on the second day. The retreat was also attended by some of our brothers and sisters from other UST-based Lay Dominican fraternities.
QUEZON CITY -- Today, 11 March 2018, we had our luncheon and fellowship at Stories by LilyPad. We also held the first of a series of informal academic discourses where each member will share something about his field of study. Our temporarily professed brother, Patrick Bugarin, O.P., shared with us his learning and experiences in Taiwan where he is currently pursuing his doctorate in international relations. Bro. Patrick is an alumnus of the UST Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB Political Science, class of 2014).