Fr Bruno Cadoré At St Albert, Hong Kong

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As part of his canonical visitation to the Province of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, the Master of the Order, fr Bruno Cadoré visited the Priory of St Albert, Rosaryhill, Hong Kong, the novitiate community of the province. The Master was in the company of his Socius for Asia Pacific, fr Vincent Lu.

During his interaction with the community, he expressed his concerns for the mission of the Order in that part of the world and particularly in that community. The community has been long dedicated to education apostolate and this has been an effective means of evangelization in that part of the world. All those who have been baptised and received into the Church in recent times in the Diocese of Hong Kong were all pupils of Catholic schools.

Since the community doubles as the novitiate of the province, there have been cordial relationship and cooperation between the brothers involved in the administration of the school and those at the novitiate. The brothers have been mutually available to one another. The Master of Novices, fr Bonifacio Garcia Solis attested to this.

When the Master met with the novices, they asked him several questions and he availed himself of that opportunity to enlighten them on some pertinent concerns of the Order. Particularly, he shared with them on the preparations for the celebration of the Jubilee of the Order in 2016 and the need for us all to re-examine our Dominican life and mission.

According to the Master, we need to be living witnesses of what we believe and preach and be ready to welcome those who show some interest in our testimony. This is true of a place like Hong Kong where Christianity is minority. Evangelization through the preaching of the Word is our charism and we cannot shy away from it. In fact, pope emeritus, Benedict XVI indicated that as Dominicans we ought to evangelize through our life of prayer, study and preaching. We have to renew our commitment to the living and preaching of love and communion. We must never become too comfortable such that we fail to notice the poor ones around us.   

Despite the general drought in vocations, the good Lord has continued to bless the Order with new vocations. According to the Master, we have about a thousand brothers now in formation in the Order and about three hundred are from the Asia-Pacific region. In all these, the Order will continue to strive not just for quantity (number) but also for quality (fidelity).

(May 9, 2013)