Flourishing Dominican Vocations from the Philippines
The Dominican vocation continues to flourish in the Philippines with a good number of young men entering the Order by making their first profession of religious vows, some renewing their vows while some others are making their final commitment by making solemn profession. These are certainly signs of a bright future for the Order in the Philippines.
First Profession of Vows
Ten brothers made their first profession on May 8, 2012 at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag in Pangasinan. The new student-brothers are: Bros. Reginald Zamora, Asanka Melroy Adikari Arachige Don, Ariel Adolfo, Rambang Ngawan, Jay Quisay, Jayno Jabonillo, Gerard Advincula, Jaymar Capalaran, Niño Peñaredondo and Jose Laureano de Jesus. After their profession, they moved to the Dominican Studentate at Quezon City, where they will continue their formation in religious life and also pursue their studies for priestly ordination. The rite of profession was integrated in the Eucharistic Celebration, in which the new Prior Provincial, Bro. Gerard Francisco P. Timoner III, OP presided and preached. The whole celebration ended with a lunch at the Novitiate grounds.
Renewal of Profession of Vows
Simple profession aims to fortify the resolve of young Dominicans to pursue the religious life fully up until death. With the resolve to continue in their religious journey, some brothers renewed their profession of vows at the hands of their Prior, Bro. Giuseppe Pietro Arsciwals, OP (delegated by the Provincial) on Tuesday April 1, 2012 at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary La Naval de Manila. In the presence of the Master of Students, Bro. Clarence Victor C. Marquez, OP, they publicly expressed their desire to continue their Dominican life for a year. These brothers were asked to persevere in their chosen vocation by being faithful to the life and spirit of St. Dominic. The brothers who renewed their simple profession are: Bros. Jestoni E. Porras, Jessielito N. Pelimer Jr., Don Dominique Marco Antonio S. Go and Bryan C. Cortel.
Solemn Profession of Vows
On Easter Sunday April 8, 2012 at Santo Domingo Church, Quezon City, seven student-brothers made their solemn profession during a Eucharistic Celebration attended by their families and other guests. Those who made their final and total commitment are: Bros. Michael M. Sales, Roy C. Villaraza, Mingdry Hanafi Tjipto, Aaron C. Reyes, Arden Xerxes D.Dacuma, Jayson R. Gonzales and Hilario V. Sicat Jr. Bro. Quirico T. Pedregosa Jr., OP, was the presider and preacher.