Franciscan launches new book on dialogue

Franciscan launches new book on dialogue

Cebu-based friar Fr. Antonio Maria Rosales, OFM signs books after the launch of his latest book entitled The Encounter that Changed Missions Forever.

DAVAO City–  An OFM Franciscan assigned to Visayas and Mindanao under the jurisdiction of the Custody of St. Anthony of Padua Southern Philippines launched on Feb. 27 a new book on dialogue entitled, “The Encounter that Changed Missions Forever.”

Cebu-based friar Fr. Antonio Maria Rosales, OFM launched his 10th book at St. Bonaventure House in Lanang, Davao City, where he teaches theology at the St. Alphonsus Theological and Mission Institute.

St. Francis’ encounter

In an interview with CBCPNews, Rosales said, “The book is on dialogue as represented in the encounter between St. Francis of Assisi and Sultan Melek-El-Kamel in Egypt in 1219.” He continued, “Though the encounter might not have made an impact at the time, its effects on the missions in the succeeding centuries have been considerable.”

Franciscan priests and brothers actively participated in the event from the opening prayer to the dance and musical performances and even in the preparations for the entire event. The author, who has been publishing his own books since 1984, was introduced by Sr. Evangelina Labanda, SFIC.

Fr. Jose Junar de la Victoria, JCD, who was recently elected head of a national association of canon lawyers, gave insights and reflections on the book.

Essential for evangelization

According to Rosales, the book is also interactive, containing points, reflections, and considerations about dialogue in general.

The religious groups present were the Redemptorists; the Third Order Regular (TOR); the Carmelite Sisters of the Sacred Heart; the Order of Discalced Carmelites; the Pious Disciples of the Divine Master; the Society of Mary (Marists); Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Concepcion (SFIC); diocesan priests; and a few other guests.

For a cause

Also in the audience was the Silsilah Dialogue Movement, a Catholic peace-building network in Davao. Silsilah is a Zamboanga-based organization that promotes inter-faith dialogue which has offices in other cities likes Davao. Run by Moslems with several Christian priests and religious sisters, the organization aims to promote dialogue and understanding through seminars, workshops, etc. According to Rosales, “silsilah is a Moslem word that means ‘chain or bond’”

The proceeds of the book, a copy of which costs Php 300.00 each, excluding the mailing services, are intended for the construction of the Formation House of St. Bonaventure House of Studies (OFM) in this city. For more details, interested parties may contact Br. MJ, OFM via 0915-746-9495 or 0946-429-8114. Carl Jaime Bordeos / CBCPNews