The new Formator of the Company of St. Dominic holds a book on the life of Our Holy Father St. Dominic de Guzman, Founder of the Order of Preachers
October 15, 2010 - The Company of St. Dominic rendered its report to its Minister Prefect, Rev. Fr. Sanny C. De Claro of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila (RCAM). Fr. De Claro was appointed by His Eminence Gaudencio Cardinal B. Rosales, DD as the Minister Prefect of the Dominican secular institute. He is the parish priest and rector of Nuestra Señora de Guia Shrine in Ermita, Manila and the head of the Human Resource Department of RCAM.
Minister Prefect Rev. Fr. Sanny C. De Claro reads the report submitted by the Company of St. Dominic
The Council Members of the Company of St Dominic headed by their Supreme Moderator Prof. Nestor G. Limqueco, OP, MA R.Ed. and Secretary General Prof. Harold M. Eugenio, OP were in full attenandance. Also present were Mr. Adrian B. Tambuyat, OP, the coordinator for the Rosarian Youth Movement under the CSD and Mr. Albert Tan, OP, a CSD member from Laoag City.
Rev. Fr. Sanny C. De Claro counsels the members of the CSD Council
The Council Members of CSD informed the Minister Prefect of the accomplishments of the institute. They also sought the guidance of the Minister Prefect on its current and future projects.
Members of the Council of the Company of St. Dominic listen to the words of the Minister Prefect
During the audience of the CSD with the Minister Prefect, Prof. Roman Jacinto III, OP took his oath as a member of the Council.
Prof. Roman Jacinto III, OP takes his oath before Rev. Fr. Sanny C. De Claro
Prof. Jacinto succeeded Dr. Antonio Bermudez and will serve the unexpired portion of the term vacated by the latter. Dr. Bermudez left the secular institute to pursue his late vocation for the priesthood.
Brother Roman Jacinto III signs his oath of office
Prof. Marwil N. Llasos, OP, JD, LL.M. (cand.) was likewise inducted into office as Formator of the Company of St. Dominic.
MARWIL N. LLASOS, OP takes his oath as the new Formator of the Company of St. Dominic
Prof. Llasos succeeded Prof. Nestor G. Limqueco, OP as Formator of the institute upon the latter’s election as Supreme Moderator. As a Dominican formator, Prof. Llasos automatically becomes a member of the Dominican Formators’ Conference of the Philippines. Prof. Llasos will work closely with Sr. Meriam Litor, OP, Formatress of the Congregation of Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena for the formation of the members of the Company of St. Dominic.
CSD Minister Prefect Rev. Fr. Sanny C. De Claro administers the oath to Brother Marwil N. Llasos
At the end of the meeting, Rev. Fr. Sanny C. De Claro blessed the Council Members of the Company of St. Dominic with the sacred relic of St. Teresa of Avila whose feast is celebrated today by the universal church.
Brother Marwil N. Llasos solemnly pronounces his oath of office as CSD Formator. Brother Nestor G. Limqueco holds the Bible while Brother Harold M. Eugenio holds the copy of the oath
It was indeed fitting that the appointment and oath taking of Prof. Marwil N. Llasos, OP as Formator of the Dominican secular institute coincided with the feast of the great reformer of Carmel and master of the spiritual life. St. Teresa of Avila was a devotee of our holy father St. Dominic. St. Dominic appeared to St. Teresa of Avila and assured her of his protection and patronage for the Carmelite reform undertaken by the great mystic and Doctor of the Church.
Marwil N. Llasos, OP signs his oath of office. When asked about his appointment, he quipped, "I accept this burden as a cross."
After their audience with the Minister Prefect, the Council Members of the Company of St. Dominic proceeded to the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (Manila Cathedral) to attend Mass in thanksgiving for the countless blessings and choicest graces most generously bestowed by Almighty God to the Company of St. Dominic through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Dominic de Guzman, St. Catherine of Siena and other Dominican saints and blessed.
Supreme Moderator Nestor G. Limqueco, OP reads the appointment of Formator Marwil N. Llasos, OP
Lunch followed at Nutrition House inside the walled city of Intramuros where the Council Members of the Company of St. Dominic partook of God’s most loving providencia.
Rev. Fr. Sanny C. De Claro, Minister Prefect of the Company of St. Dominic, confirms the appointment of Marwil N. Llasos, OP as Formator of the Dominican secular institute
Thursday, November 11, 2010
PART I : START OF THE PROCESSION
The Company of St. Dominic Joins La Naval Procession 2010
The second Sunday of October marks the feast of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of La Naval. Last October 10, 2010 the annual procession in honor of Our Lady of La Naval was held. Magnificent carrozas of Dominican saints of the Rosary were paraded around the vicinity of Sto. Domingo Church, the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Naval. Of course, the grandest carroza carried the historic, ancient and miraculous image of Nuestra Señora del Santisimo Rosario de la Naval de Manila.
Regina Sacratissimi Rosarii, ora pro nobis
This year, the Company of St. Dominic (CSD) officially joins the procession of La Naval. Rev. Fr. Giuseppe Pietro V. Arsciwals, OP, Prior of Sto. Domingo Convent formally invited the Company of St. Dominic, the newest addition to the Dominican Family in the Philippines, to join the solemn procession in honor of the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary. The CSD was asked to follow the carroza of San Pedro Martir, glorious proto-martyr of the Order of Preachers.
The Company of St. Dominic officially joins La Naval Procession
Members of the CSD rejoiced upon learning that they would follow the carroza of the first martyr of the Dominican Order. It was indeed very fitting for the CSD because some of its members are apologists or defenders of the Catholic Faith like San Pedro Martir.
The carroza of San Pedro Martir
San Pedro was born of heretical parents in Verona in 1206. He met our holy father St. Dominic in Bologna and begged admission to the Order of Preachers. He became an effective and celebrated preacher who successfully disputed with heretics all over Northern Italy. Vanquished and enraged, the enemies of the faith ambushed and killed him on the road to Milan. Dying, he wrote in his own blood Credo in unum Deum. The members of the CSD are thus challenged to imitate the zealous faith of San Pedro Martir and defend our holy Catholic faith with their blood, if need be.
The estandarte of Our Lady of La Naval at the side altar of the Sto. Domingo Church
After their Theology Class in Siena College, the members of the CSD trooped to Sto. Domingo Church to join this year’s La Naval procession, following the carroza of their assigned Dominican saint. The carroza of San Pedro Martir is the fourth to the last, followed by the carrozas of Sto. Domingo de Guzman, San Jose and of course, the festejada, Nuestra Señora del Santisimo Rosario de la Naval de Manila.
The saga of La Naval
The Company of St. Dominic carried aloft during the procession the precious relics of our holy father Sto. Dominingo de Guzman, our seraphic mother Sta. Catalina de Siena and San Martin de Porres. Two candle bearers escorted the sacred relics of the great Dominican saints the CSD is most privileged to possess.
Papier maché image of Our Lady of La Naval
The CSD members followed the estandarte of their secular institute. During the solemn procession, the members of the CSD and their guests recited the Holy Rosary and sung Rosarian hymns. (My guests for this year’s La Naval procession were brother Rodolfo Camaclang III and sister Dwen Lumangue of Defensores Fidei Foundation and brother Glen de Javing, OFM Cap.).
San Pedro Martir
The grand procession wounded through the main streets around Sto. Domingo Church. When the procession was over, the members of the CSD were privileged to enter the church and joined the various Dominican congregations in the area allotted for them. Their place near the altar afforded them vantage view of the ceremonies for the entrance and enthronement of Nuestra Señora del Santisimo Rosario de la Naval de Manila.
San Pedro de Verona, protomartyr of the Order of Preachers
When the carroza of La Naval entered the church, the people roared with the jubilant shout of Viva La Virgen! The faithful were waving white handkerchiefs as the Virgin of La Naval entered her Shrine amidst pomp and pageantry. When the Virgin’s carroza reached the sanctuary, she was serenaded with a very stirring rendition of Beata Mater. The Virgin was then carried and transferred to a trolley to be enthroned in the high altar of Sto. Domingo Church.
Members of the Company of St. Dominic solemnly join the procession
The enthronement ceremony was very beautiful. Incense smoke arose from the pedestal while the image of La Naval slowly emerged. As soon as the Virgin was in place at the main altar, the Act of Consecration to Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of La Naval was recited by the faithful. The Act of Consecration was led by the award-winning and popular child actor Zaijan Jaranilla who starred as Santino in the high-rating teleserye May Bukas Pa.
Estandarte of the Company of St. Dominic with the effigies of Sto. Domingo de Guzman and Sta. Catalina de Siena
Rev. Fr. Giuseppe Pietro Arsciwals, OP thanked all those who participated in La Naval festivities this year.
Viva la Compania de Santo Domingo!!!
The ceremonies in honor of Nuestra Señora del Santisimo Rosario de la Naval de Manila concluded with the very moving traditional singing of Despedida a la Virgen. We now look forward to next year’s La Naval procession.
The Company of St. Dominic in full force!!!
Members of the Company of St. Dominic in prayerful recitation and meditation of the most host holy rosary
Our seraphic mother Sta. Catalina de Siena
Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena, headed by its Mother General, Mo. Jesusa Enginco, OP, follow the carroza of our seraphic mother St. Catherine of Siena. Also in the picture is Sr. Meriam Litor, OP, formatress of OP Siena and the Company of St. Dominic
Nuestro santo padre Sto. Domingo de Guzman, fundador del Orden de Predicadores
San Jose, nuestro padre y señor
Viva la gran Madre de Dios!!!
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