who are we?
We are Dominican Friars From the Our Lady of the Rosary province. Our mission in Macau started earlier in 1996 and on 7 October 2008 elevated with the Saint Dominic’s Priory of Macau as a center of Institutional Studies, for the students’ Brothers who have already professed, and begin their Religious studies and philosophy.
Currently, the number of vocations is increasing, in our Province, many young people from Asia seek to join the Order specially and in Our Lady of the Rosary province, a number of students’ Brothers are From Myanmar and East Timor, Including South Korea Japan and Venezuela, etc.
Dominican known as Order of preachers, sisnce the begining of the Order founded for the Preaching and teaching for the salvation of souls, Saint Dominic has a clear vision that preaching is necessary for those who have the responsibility to carry out the mission of Christ Jesus Our Saviour. Therefore our mission is only to carry out the word of God for those who have not heard and those who have heard, continue to strenthen their faith through the preaching and teaching according to the charism of the Order.
St. Dominic made study an essential part of the Holy Preaching, With the blessing of Pope Honorius III, St. Dominic sent friars to the great universities of his time to study and to preach in these great centers of learning. This practice continues today.
We Dominicans center our lives on Jesus Christ, the true Light, moved by the Holy Spirit radiating God’s healing presence in the world today.
- Common Life
We live together in communities; not just living together under one roof, but as brothers sharing our lives. The communal dimension of Dominican life challenges us to be of “one mind and one heart in God.”
It is the element that brings together the other three and gives them their own key. In 1216 Saint Dominic founded an order of brother preachers whose purpose is summarized in the words of Pope Honorius III: God inspired you with the pious purpose of embracing poverty and professing a regular life, to consecrate yourself to the preaching of the Word of God, making the name of our Lord Jesus Christ known throughout the world. Dominic had a great intuition in the thirteenth century: he perceived that the first step towards access to faith and the formation (or reconstruction) of the Christian community is the preaching of the Good News of Jesus.
Saint Dominic’s Priory of Macau was erected as the Center of studies of Our Lady of the Rosary Province.
The Studentate is the longest stage of initial formation. During this period, friars enroll in the five years of institutional studies of philosophy and theology.
The Master of Students, together with his socius and the formation community help in the formation and the discernment of the professed friars and their suitability to embrace priestly life or that proper to a co-operator brother.
At this stage, studies and reading emphasize familiarization with the documents of the Order of Preachers and of the Magisterium of the Church on consecrated and priestly life, without neglecting other current issues that enable a friar to prepare for his future ministry, but, without neglecting the specific charism of the Order and the Province. At the same time, according to the capacities and possibilities, the student friars will engage in multiple pastoral activities.
In Macau so far, we only have one community which is Saint Dominic’s Priory. This is a center of formation for the brothers and most who are assigned here have already made their simple profession into the Religious Life.
Although some of the Friars who have already been ordained to the priesthood also assigned here, they are also involved in missions such as teaching and preaching. In fact, we also run the Saint Paul School which belongs to the Diocese of Macau who entrusted to us the administration of the School. We have maintained this for many years already since our mission in Macau started.
Our commuity is an international community, the friars come from different countries including Spain, Venezuela, Philippines, Myanmar, South Korea, Japan, and Timor-Leste. The majority of the brothers come from South East Asia, mostly from Myanmar and Timor-Leste.
Saint Dominic’s Priory Macau
Prior, to Saint Dominic’s Priory and assistant of the syndic of the Province; at the same time student in Saint Joseph University. And doing pastoral work and teaching at Saint Paul Scholl.
Sub prior and Master of Students, counselor of the Province, and moderator of the center of the institutional studies. Professor of Saint Joseph University (USJ); responsible for the liturgy, and member of the tribunal Diocese of Macau.
Syndic and socio student Master and counsellor Justice and peace, And Sacristan and doing Pastoral minister in Saint Paul School. Now he also studying for a Doctorate at Saint Joseph University of Macau