Wednesday, September 29, 2010

October 3
Blessed Dominic Spadafora
Friar and Priest

Born at Randazzo in Sicily about the year 1450, Dominic Spadafora received the habit at the priory of St. Zita at Palermo and became a zealous preacher of the Word in Sicily and throughout Italy. He had a special devotion to the passion of our Lord and by his charity and humility converted many to the Lord, even attracting some to the Order. He founded the priory of Our Lady of Grace in Monte Cerignone, Sicily, where he remained as superior until his death on December 21, 1521. This commemoration recalls the date of the translation of his remains in 1677.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Happy Republic Day to Our Men Studing Abroad.


The Red House - Parliament Building

When Trinidad and Tobago achieved independence on August 31st, 1962, the monarchy continued, in that, Her Majesty the Queen remained the Queen of Trinidad and Tobago and all citizens continued to owe allegiance to Her. After many years of being a monarchy, it was decided that Trinidad and Tobago should no longer be required to owe allegiance to the Queen and should therefore become a Republic having a Head of State in its own right,

Trinidad and Tobago became a Republic on August 1st, 1976. The event was celebrated as a public holiday on September 24th because this is the date when the first Parliament met under the new Republican Constitution.

To bring about such a meaningful and independent status, the conversion of the former Constitution from its character as an Order in Council of the Queen into that of an indigenous instrument of government fashioned by citizens of Trinidad and Tobago, was effected by the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago enacting the Constitution of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Act, 1976.

The Constitution provides for a President who, in the exercise of his functions under the Constitution or any other law, acts in accordance with the advice of the Cabinet or a minister acting under the general authority of the Cabinet where provision is made by the constitution.

The Constitution also provides for the Prime Minister to keep the President fully informed concerning the general conduct of the government of Trinidad and Tobago and to furnish him with such information as he may request on any matter relating to the government of Trinidad and Tobago.

Ceremonial Opening of Parliament 2003

A principal feature of the Constitution is the inclusion of a comprehensive set of fundamental human rights and freedoms whereby all citizens of Trinidad and Tobago and minorities are provided with effective safeguards against arbitrary government and acts of the executive or other bodies or authorities which may be inconsistent with the concept of the Rule of Law.

These fundamental human rights and freedoms have been entrenched in the Constitution and any alteration of any of them can only be effected by the consent of effective majorities of both houses of Parliament.

In general, the Constitution of Trinidad and Tobago truly creates, fosters and encourages a truly democratic representative government and more particularly because of :

Its recognition and acceptance of fundamental human rights and freedoms to be enjoyed by all regardless of race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, wealth, education, status or birth; and the incorporation of adequate machinery for the protection and enforcement of all rights and freedoms;
The inclusion of adequate checks and balances, in the Legislative, Executive and Judicial arms of Government;
The existence of an enlightened and independent Judiciary charged and vested with the ultimate determination as to whether the law, or executive or administrative acts infringe the enshrined rights and freedoms of the individual;
Its provision for representative government deriving its power and authority from the people, which power and authority are exercised through representatives freely chosen and responsible to them;
Its acceptance of free periodic elections based on universal adult suffrage held by secret ballot under conditions where the right to vote is exercised without hindrance or pressure; and
Its encouragement and built-in machinery for the creation and maintenance of an efficient, honest and impartial civil service.
The various Service Commissions created under the Constitution are intended to ensure that appointments, conditions of service, termination and retirement from the Public Service are based on uniform principles of impartiality and probity. The creation of an Integrity Commission is designed to maintain a high standard of morality in public affairs. Free and fair elections, including the delineation of constituencies are for much the same reason the responsibility of the Elections and Boundaries Commission. Above all, the Constitution firmly establishes a Cabinet system of Government under which Ministers are responsible to the legislature and, through it, to the country. General Elections are held at least every five years to give the people the opportunity of selecting a government. There exists a non-political Public Service, the members of which are expected to observe a high degree of neutrality in politics and loyalty to the government of the day. The same is expected of members of the armed forces and of the police. Under its Republican Constitution, Trinidad and Tobago has a form of government that is truly based upon the principles as well as the practice of Parliamentary Democracy and the Rule of Law. The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is governed by a bicameral Parliament.

Source: The Ministry of Public Administration and Information

Happy Republic day Trinidad and Tobago. This goes out to our dear brothers who are abroad. Greetings to you all and God bless our nation. God bless fr.Urban Hudlin OP, fr. Carlyle Fortune OP, fr. Matthew Martinez OP, and fr. Stephen Jones OP. We miss you all.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

September 24
Blessed Dalmatius Moner
Friar and Priest

Born at San Coloma de Farnes in Catalonia in 1291, Blessed Dalmatius was sent to the University of Montpellier and in 1314 after completing his studies enter the Order at the priory of Gerona (Spain. For many years he taught at the stdium generale at Gerona and became the master of novices. because of his austere life and his love of solitude and prayer his reputation for holiness became widespread. His desire to live as a hermit was fulfilled when the community allowed him to hollow out a cave on the priory property where he spent the last years of his , leaving it only too celebrate Mass and go to choir. He died in his beloved cave on September 24, 1341.

Simple Professions - 2010

We of the Irish Vicariate of Trinidad and Tobago thank God for the simple profession of eleven young men to our province. We pray the this presentation would encourage more young men to lean to the Order of Preacher, calling the to preach the Good News of God. We great thanks to God we give thanks to God for the gift of our Bro. Stephen Jones, the only Trinidadian in the group. Thank you Bro. Jones. Thanks be to God.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

St. Matthew Called By Jesus Christ To Conversion.

St. Matthew apostle and evangelist stands out as of of the four pillars of Christianity. He was a "Tax Collector". In the early days of Jesus' ministry tax collectors or publicans as they are affectionately called in the Bible more so the New Testament were labeled as enemies of the Jewish people. This was so because people say them as greedy and take money from them more than they were entitled to.

This issue always amazes me because looking a the life of St. Matthew we see a complete turn away from his previous state of life. One who was blinded by greed and money now becomes the preacher of the Good News through a life of poverty. What happened there? It is also remarkable that through his conversion he was able to win the souls of other tax collectors and his friends to the one who saves, Jesus Christ.

Today many do not or may not believe in the conversion of others as was the case of St. Matthew, but we are called to hope that these situations came occur. Jesus continue to call people to like he did in the days of St. Matthew. Tax Collector now apostle and evangelist. With God anything is possible. St. Matthew pray for us.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Blessed Mark of Modena
Blessed Mark was born in Modena, Italy, shortly after the beginning of the fifteenth
century. He entered the Order in his native city and made rapid progress in holiness and learning. He became a renowned preacher throughout northern Italy and for many
years served as prior at Pesaro where he died on September 21, 1498.

Blessed Francis de Posadas
Blessed Francis was born at Cordoba, Spain, in 1644 of very poor parents. In 1663 he
fulfilled the desire of his early youth and entered the Order at the priory of Scala Caeli in
Cordoba. His zealous preaching and hearing of confessions were such that he was
considered to be another Saint Vincent Ferrer. He was noted for his profound
compassion for the poor and the imprisoned; often he would give his own clothing to
relieve their needs. He died at Cordoba on September 20, 1713.

September 18
St. Juan Macias
Friar and Religious

Juan Marcias was born at Ribera in Estramadura, Spain, in 1585 of a noble but impoverished family. Orphaned in early childhood, Juan worked as a shepherd for his relatives, an occupation which provided him time for prayer. Inspired by a vision he left his native country and set sail for the Americas, arriving finally in Lima, Peru, where for a time he tended the sheep of a wealhty Spaniard. In 1623 he decided to enter the Order of Preachers at the priory of Saint Mary Magdalene in Lima, where he served as porter for twenty-two years. Like his friend Saint Martin de Porres, he was known for his love and care for the poor and for his special devotion to the Rosary. He died on September 16, 1645.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Newly Professed

Bro. Jones OP professed to prior Edward Conway OP

Bro. Jones OP bottom right second.

We the Dominicans here in Trinidad and Tobago give thanks and praise for another gift that he has given to us in the preson of newly professed Bro. Stephen Jones OP. This event took placed at the Dominican Community, Pope's Quay, Cork, Ireland, on wensday 15th 2010. As it is now we have two students in Ireland. The other student is Bro. Matthew Martinez OP. We pray that God would bless them both.

Monday, September 6, 2010

86th New Master of the Order Of Preachers

fr Bruno CADORÉ

Sunday, 5th September, the General Chapter of the Order of Preachers, founded by Saint Dominic, elected Bro. Bruno Cadoré as new Master of the Order. Elected for a nine year term of office, he succeeds Bro. Carlos Azpiroz Costa, an Argentinean, who was Master of the Order from 2001 to 2010, and before him Bro. Timothy Radcliffe, a friar from England, well known all over the world for his publications and preaching. The last Frenchman to occupy this post was Bro Vincent de Couesnongle, Master of the Order from 1974 to 1983.

Meeting in Rome since the first of September, the General Chapter of the Order is made up of 127 delegates from all the continents. Prior Provincials are members of the Chapter and also the Delegates elected by the friars themselves according to the democratic tradition of the Dominican Order. The General Chapter, which is the sovereign governing body, shall be working for the next two weeks to give the Order some important guidelines which the newly elected Master is expected to put into practice during his term of office.

Aged 56, Bro. Bruno Cadoré was up till now the Provincial for the Dominicans of the Province of France. He served in this office for the past eight years, after having been in charge of the formation of the young friars, especially in Lille. He was a medical doctor when he started his novitiate, and he worked for two years in Haiti before starting his Dominican studies. He is a Doctor in theology and he taught biomedical ethics at the Catholic University of Lille where he was director of the centre for Medical Ethics until he was elected Prior Provincial in 2002. From January 2008 onwards he is a member of the National Aids Council.

During his term of office, the Province of France welcomed many young friars. Bruno Cadoré has also helped develop the Dominican way of life in many countries, from Scandinavia to the Congo passing through Cairo and Iraq which he visited many times.