Accompanied by the Assistant for the Asia/pacific Region, the Master of the Order of Preachers made a canonical or formal visitation to our St. Dominic’s Priory. Fr. Bruno Cadoré, OP Master of the Order, and Fr. Vincent Lu, OP, Assistant to the Master for our Region visited our community On May 3-6, 2013.
On May3-5, Fr. Bruno and Fr. Vincent held common and individual meetings and dialogues with the solemnly professed brothers – the seven priests. Likewise, they also met as a group and one by one the simply professed brothers – all students. The focus of our dynamic fraternal conversations were our Dominican and missionary vocation, the centrality in formation of a “Dominican culture,” the identity of our missionary Province, missio ad gentes also as dialogue of the Gospel with the respective cultures, the present reality and its hopeful future – a missionary Province in the midst of the Order. Fr. Bruno said that “the work of the Province is very important for the Order” and encouraged all of us to continue working and ministering with renewed vigor and dynamism
On May 5, the 6th Sunday of Easter, Fr. Bruno presided the concelebrated Mass and preached the homily centered on the readings of the liturgy of the day. (The homily is published in our web page)
On May 6, the two visitors made a visit to St. Paul’s School, a Diocesan school run by three of our Dominican brothers.
Fr. Vincent had visited us previously a few times, while Fr. Bruno for the second time. The first time of our Master of the Order was in January 2011. This first visit was not a formal but, as he himself called it “a fraternal visit.” We can say gladly that the second visit, though formal, was also fraternal, and very enriching, and truly pleasant. Indeed, the visit of our superiors was indeed a great blessing from the Lord, and hopefully a springboard for the mission and commitments of our brothers as students, school administrators, formators and professors.
The unique visit to our convent was part of the canonical visitation of the Master with his Assistant for the Asia-Pacific Region to our Dominican Province, the missionary Province of Our Lady of the Rosary. The one month-long visit started in Japan on April 8, 2013 continued in Korea, Taiwan, Philippines, East Timor, Singapore, Myanmar, Macau, China and Hong Kong where it ended on May 8, 2013 with a meeting of the Council of the Province headed by our Provincial Fr. Javier Gonzalez, OP. (By the way, the two brothers visitators also visited the houses of the Philippine Dominican Province in Indonesia and Sri Lanka)