Dominicans launch 1st year countdown to golden jubilee
The Dominican Province of the Philippines officially opened the first year of its 3-year preparations for its upcoming golden jubilee. DAVY CHIOA FB ACCOUNT
By Mark Joy Guantero Basallajes
Aug. 15, 2018
The Dominican Province of the Philippines is counting down the first year of its three-year preparation for its golden jubilee.
During the feast of St. Dominic de Guzman, Fr. Napoleon B. Sipalay, Jr., O.P. Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines officially opened on Aug. 8 the first year of the three-year preparation for the golden jubilee, at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of La Naval de Manila in this city.
“I believe nothing happens by incident others call it by synchronization or co-incidence our story today reveals to us that this is providence. … It was on Aug. 8, 1971, the KATALAG general chapter of the order of preacher that the boat was taken for the establishment of the Dominican province of the Philippines,” shared the priest.
Marking this first-year celebration of the Dominicans in the Philippines’ preparations, the prior provincial invited everyone to pray for them.
“We invite everyone here present to join us your brothers in the province to faithfully prepare ourselves for this 3 years. This year we start with rediscovering our roots with the theme: ‘And His mother kept all these things in her heart’ –Lk. 2:51.,” he said.
“As we are providentially entering as a Church in the Philippines on 2021 for the 500 years of our Christianity, we also are celebrating [the] golden anniversary of the Dominican Province of the Philippines with an overarching theme, Predicatio Ad Gentes (Preaching to the Nations),” he added. Predicatio Ad Gentes or “Preaching to the Nations” serves as the overall theme of the golden jubilee celebration.
After the Prior provincial officially opened the first year of the golden anniversary preparations, a video presentation was presented to the congregation to mark the special occasion.
Meanwhile, Fr. Rogelio B. Alarcon, OP the very first prior provincial, holding the post from 1971 to 1980, led the congregation in praying the Jubilee Prayer.