On the occasion of the 800 Jubilee of the Confirmation of the Order, the Dominicans in Macau celebrated the occasion last 1 October, 2016 at the Escola São Paulo, Hac Sa Wan, Macau.
The celebration began with the lecture on the “Dominican Presence in Macau 1587-2016”, prepared and delivered by Fr. Jarvis H. Sy OP, the in house historian and the Master of Students. The Conference Hall was filled with distinguished guests, among them the Bishop of Macau, the brethren and our sisters, and the young Diocesan seminarians and pre-seminarians who came to join the celebration. The speaker was presented to the audience by Fr. Edmond Eh OP, the Moderator of Studies, and immediately Fr Jarvis led the guests to a virtual tour of the different events and vicissitudes of the Macau foundation till the present. The tour included the foundation of the Dominican Sisters as well as notes on the return of the friars and the foundation of the Student community by the end of the XX century and in the beginning of the new millennium.
The second part of the program was the solemn Mass, presided by the Bishop of Macau, Msgr. Stephen Lee and the friars and representatives of different religious congregations concelebrating. Since it was the feast of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, the liturgical celebration was in honor of the patroness of the missions and of China; yet the good bishop after giving reference to the spirituality of the Little Flower, spoke and commented on the Papal message during the recent encounter with the Chapter Fathers of the Order in Rome. The liturgical music was performed by the Student brothers and our sisters.
After the mass, the photographs taken, the guests proceeded to the School Auditorium for the agape. Fr Bonifacio García Solís OP, the former Prior Provincial and now the Syndic of the Province, represented the Provincial in thanking the Bishop and the guests for their attendance and continued support to the work and presence of the Order in Macau. JSH, October 1, 2016.