(L to R) Dr. Belen L. Tangco, OP (President, Dominican Laity Provincial Council); Fr. Napoleon B. Sipalay Jr., O.P. (Prior Provincial, Dominican Province of the Philippines); Fr. Rui Carlos Lopes, OP (Promoter General of the Dominican Laity); and Fr. Giuseppe Pietro Arsciwals, OP (Provincial Promoter). Photo by Bro. Vince Palonpon
APRIL 8, 2018--No other than the Dominican Laity's Promoter General, Fr. Rui Carlos Antunes e Almeida Lopes, OP himself, graced this year's national conference of Lay Dominican Fraternities in the Dominican Province of the Philippines. The gathering was held last Divine Mercy Sunday at the Medicine Auditorium of the University of Santo Tomas in Manila.
Fr. Rui, who is this year's guest of honor and keynote speaker, talked about the companionship of Lay Dominicans with the clergy, religious, and consecrated persons in the New Evangelization. He discussed the several aspects of the development of the Dominican Laity side by side with the other branches of the Dominican family. He highlighted the unity among the Order's different branches, and the commonality of Mission which we all inherited from our father, Saint Dominic.
The Promoter General invited all Lay Dominicans to look at the different needs of today's preaching, and to have the faith and courage to face the different challenges. He exhorted Lay Dominicans to stand their ground when it comes to our non-negotiable faith, especially the defense of all human life from conception to its natural end.
The event was shown via Facebook live streaming for the benefit of our brothers and sisters who were not able to come to UST. The full video and transcript of the Promoter General's keynote address will be made available soon, courtesy of the YTP Social Media Committee.
(L to R): Our fellow Lay Dominican, Bro. Juanito Banaag, OP; Fr. Louie R. Coronel, OP (Spiritual Director, Young Thomasian Professionals); Fr. Alfred Fernandez, OP (Regional Promoter for Mindanao); Fr. Rui Carlos Lopes, OP (Promoter General); Fr. Napoleon Sipalay Jr., OP (Prior Provincial); and Fr. Giuseppe Pietro Arsciwals, OP (Provincial Promoter)Photo by Bro. Vince Palonpon
This year's attendees numbered at no less than 330 Lay Dominicans. Photo by Bro. Vince Palonpon
Also present were the representatives of our Indonesian brothers and sisters, namely: Mr. Theo Atmadi, OP and Mr. Stephanus Suriaputra, OP. The Indonesian archipelago is part of the mission territory of the Dominican Province of the Philippines. Photo by Bro. Vince Palonpon
Dr. Belen L. Tangco, OP delivers the President's annual report. Dr Tangco also serves as the Asia Pacific Representative to the International Council of Lay Dominican Fraternities (ICLDF), and formator of the Young Thomasian Professionals (YTP). Photo by Bro. Vince Palonpon
The Young Thomasian Professionals with the Promoter General Fr. Rui Carlos Lopes OP, their formator Dr. Belen Tangco OP, and their spiritual director Fr. Louie Coronel OP. Photo by Bro. Vince Palonpon
The Promoter General and the Prior Provincial were presented with a souvenir: a Dominican-inspired Rosary personally made by our secretary, Bro. Cedrick, and treasurer, Bro. Kenneth. Photo by Bro. Dennis Amarante
Young Thomasian Professionals Lay Dominican Group
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