Dominican friars in Puerto Rico annual retreat with Bishop Raul Vera Lopez OP
|Dominican Friars in Puerto Rico|
From Monday 27 to Friday, May 31, 2013, the Dominican friars of the Vicariate General of Holy Cross in Puerto Rico had its annual retreat accompanied by the Bishop of Saltillo, Mexico, Bishop Raul Vera Lopez. In an atmosphere of peace and rest, in the middle of the Puerto Rican in the Caguas municipality, the 13 friars currently living and working in this Caribbean island were able to share prayer, study and fellowship.
Before the restructuring process that is living the entire order, especially the General vicariates, the Dominican Bishop invited the friars to reflect on the signs of the times demands that reality puts the Dominican evangelization: the choice of Christ by the excluded and marginalized by the impoverished by the reality of the borders. Contemplating the New Testament text of the Beatitudes of Jesus with the women, and his speeches about what Bishop Verá called, "access of full life for everyone," especially in the Gospel of Luke.
The testimony of Msgr. Raul life as Prophet of social justice was particularly sobering for the friars, while received also this brother Dominican Bishop, tips on what to take into account in the process of discernment on the road towards the Puerto Rican entity become a Provincial Vicariate.
This experience was joined one of the friars students from Puerto Rico, fray Emmanuel Toledo Ramírez OP who, at the end of the retreat, on Saturday, June 1, at the Church invention of the Holy Cross in Bayamon, received the ministries of the acolyte and the readership by fr. Ismael Fernandez Torres OP, Pro Vicar for the General Vicariate. Fr. Emmanuel is currently a student of theology in the province San Luis Bertran de Colombia. We pray for fr. Emmanuel in his path to the priesthood in the order of preachers.