The Dominican Way of Life in Timor-Leste

The Dominican Way of Life in Timor-Leste

"Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls..." 1 Peter 1:8-9

Last April 19, 2017, the International Dominican Youth Movement (IDYM) Coordinator, Elijor Benjamin “Benz” Rodil together with Belen Tangco, OP (Philippines) and Theo Atmadi, OP (Indonesia) who represented the Dominican Laity visited the Dominican Family in Timor-Leste. They were welcomed by Fr. Ruben Martinez, OP (Representative of the Major Superiors of Timor Leste) and the Dominican sisters.

This 4-day visit started with a gathering at the school of the sisters where the Dominican youth welcomed their guests with a traditional dance performance. The gathering focused on discussing and contemplating on how the youth can live and embody the Dominican way of life - Prayer, Study, Community and Preaching. Benz Rodil was able to share about the life of the Dominican Youth and the Youth Movement, while Belen and Theo shared about the life of a Dominican Lay person.

The Dominican Youth of Timor-Leste with the friars and sisters had also a mission in the community as they have learned about the Dominican Way of life especially the Mission of the Order, to preach the Gospel. Every day was a celebration of Christ as the whole Dominican family shares their faith in forms of song, prayer, dance and speeches. Each night was capped with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.

This mission in Timor-Leste was an experience of joyfulness in the rawness of life. It is with such gratefulness that we witnessed the strong faith of our dear friars, sisters, lay Dominican and youth as they celebrate God, share his love and preach his words to one another. This visit is truly an experience of overflowing happiness that roots from our growing faith in the Christ we love.

Benjamin “Benz” Rodil
International Coordinator IDYM


(23 June 2017)