In their letter to the Dominican family last October, the Master General of the Dominican Order, Fr Bruno Cadoré OP, along with the Promoter General for Justice and Peace, Fr. Mike Deeb OP, and the DSI International Promoter for Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation, Sr. Cecilia Espenilla OP, announced the observance of the first "Dominican Month for Peace" this December.
One of the recurring themes from the 800th Jubilee of the Order in 2016 was the importance of "renewing our preaching to be advocates of peace (like St. Dominic) in a world torn apart by many forms of violence and war."
"While many Dominicans are now involved in forms of preaching that are bringing hope to such situations," Fr Cadoré said, the Dominican Month for Peace is a way of promoting "a global Dominican solidarity for all such efforts."
This season of Advent, Dominicans everywhere will pray for peace and will offer solidarity for a particular project for peace. The Dominican Month for Peace will culminate on January 1, the Catholic Church's celebration of the World Day of Peace and the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.
International Focus on Colombia
This year's international observance will focus on Colombia, which has been plagued by unrest and civil war for the last five decades. Fr Cadoré attests to the presence of several Dominican brothers and sisters in that country, serving even in the most difficult times. They are now appealing for solidarity in the calls and efforts for peace.
Observance in the Philippines
In the Philippines Fr. Victor Calvo Jr., OP, promoter for Justice, Peace, and Care for Creation (DPP-JPCC), invites us to participate in the launching of the Month for Peace, which will be on December 2 at San Lorenzo Ruiz Parish, Navotas, Metro Manila. The Philippine Province will endeavor to assist victims of extra-judicial killings (EJKs), particularly in Dagat-dagatan, Navotas.
Our Prior Provincial, Fr Napoleon Sipalay Jr., OP, also announced the day of prayer and fasting on the first Sunday of Advent, December 3. Members of the Dominican family are encouraged to donate their savings on that day to the fund being raised to help the families of victims of extra-judicial killings. Instead of issuing another statement, this is the Dominican family's response to the challenge of the Master General, during his canonical visit last September, for us to act together on the present challenges against the value and dignity of human life.
Donations may be sent to:
Bahay Dominiko No. 8 Biak-na-Bato Street, Santa Mesa Heights, Quezon City
or deposited via
BPI Sto. Domingo Branch Account Name: Dominican Province of the Philippines, Inc. Account No. 0211 0000 15 (Peso)
A copy of your deposit slip may be sent to Bahay Dominiko via snail mail, fax: (02) 732-4652, or email (email@example.com). YTP
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