Asia-Pacific Dominican Formator’s Course 2017

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Asia-Pacific Dominican Formator’s Course 2017
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Now on its 9th year, the Asia-Pacific Dominican Formators' Course gathers together Dominican men and women in the region from March 6 to 31, in collaborative study and fellowship concerning the special ministry of formation. Held once every three years, this year's program has 43 registered participants from 19 congregations and ten countries, namely, Australia, El Salvador, Myanmar, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam.

The course is organized by the Asia-Pacific Dominican Formation Center (APDFC), based in the Caleruega Retreat Center in Nasugbu, Batangas, Philippines. It seeks to provide a holistic approach to formation, taking into account the unique realities of the region. The program is geared towards offering courses on spirituality for Dominicans of different age groups, providing a venue for exchanges of ideas regarding initial and ongoing formation, and implementing the thrusts and priorities of the Order of Preachers in formation. This year, the course is guided by the theme “Dominican Formation for Preaching”.

Fr. Gerard Francisco Timoner III, OP, Socius of the Master for the Asia-Pacific, celebrated the Opening Mass and welcomed the delegates to the course. The total registered participants were composed of 12 friars, 28 apostolic sisters and 3 nuns. ​Since the commencement of the gathering, it has been providing the participants with various insights and workshops that deal with diverse stories and issues among religious communities in formation. The encounter has been enriched by the sharing of experiences by the participants who are currently engaged in, or are being prepared for, formation ministry in the Dominican Family. Among the resource speakers invited from overseas are fr. Vivian Boland, OP (Socius of the Master of the Order for Northern Europe and Canada), fr. Michael Deeb, OP (General Promoter of the Order for Justice and Peace, and Permanent Representative of the Dominican Order to the UN), and Sr. Bernadette Kiley, OP (Coordinator of the Dominican Sisters International for the Asia-Pacific Region). Fr. Vivian speaks on Preaching in Formation, while fr. Michael lectures on the Dominican Order for Justice and Peace, and Sr. Bernadette shares on Human and Sexual Development.        

Other resource speakers include the following: Fr. Edgardo Javier, SVD (Mission in the Asia-Pacific); fr. Enrico Gonzales, OP (Intellectual Formation, and St. Thomas Aquinas on Formation); fr. Quirico Pedregosa Jr., OP (A Life of Preaching, A Preaching Life); Ms. Cynthia Concepcion-Baga (Psycho-Spiritual Integration); Fr. Noel Deslate (Spiritual Accompaniment in Formation); and frs. Quirico Pedregosa Jr., OP and Florentino Bolo Jr., OP (Dominican Family and Collaboration).

              

(27 March 2017)