Leadership in the New Evangelization

Leadership in the New Evangelization

From 24 February to 7 March 2014, the Dominican Province of the Philippines hosted the Asia-Pacific Leadership Conference which was held in Caleruega-Philippines, Nasugbu, Batangas. Dominican friars, contemplative nuns, apostolic sisters and laity, mostly in the positions of service in their respective communities, came to participate in the two-week lecture series. The group was composed of ten nationalities – Filipinos, Vietnamese, Sri Lankans, Indian, Pakistanis, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Jordanians and Caribbean. The occasion was graced by Sr. Marie Therese Clement, OP, the Coordinator of the Dominican Sisters International (DSI) and by Sr. Mary Constance Tran, OP, the DSI Coordinator for the Asia-Pacific Region.

The speakers were experts from various disciplines.

  • Most Rev. Pablo David, DD, opened the conference with a solid and wise reflection on Leadership in the Scriptures.
  • Most Rev. Socrates Villegas, DD, delivered a very inspiring sharing on Pastoral Leadership.
  • Br. Javier Gonzales OP discussed key canonical issues and procedures that renders leadership role very challenging.
  • Br. Quirico Pedregosa Jr., OP, shared his expertise on Leadership in Mission by focusing on the need for collaboration.
  • Br. Arthur Dingel, OP, brought in contemporary and corporate leadership principles and provided insights on how they can be woven into religious context.
  • The discussion on leadership in strengthening family ties was delivered by Srs. Marie Therese Clement, OP, Mary Constance Tran, OP, Cecilia Espenilla, OP, and Br. Gerard Francisco Timoner III, OP.
  • Sr. Mary Augustine, OP, updated the Dominican leaders of the region about the nuns.
  • Sr. Belen Tangco, OP, reported about the dynamism of the Dominican laity.
  • Mr. Jose Diokno, one of the directors of the mutual funding corporation of the Filipino religious, was invited to speak about financial management and investment for the religious.
  • Mgr. Ramon Masculino of St. John Marie Vianney Center for Priests talked about conflicts, transformation and healing in the context of religious life.
  • Br. Timoner, OP, also shared his thoughts on forgiveness and the grace that makes it possible.
  • His Eminence Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, DD, closed the conference with a talk that tackles the heart of the matter, Leadership in the New Evangelization. The ending of his talk rubs the core of who we are as Dominicans, leaders and preachers of the Good News. In the Eucharistic celebration, Cardinal Tagle concluded with the challenge of sharing the fruits of the two-week common contemplation of the Dominican leaders to their respective communities.

Br. Stephen Redillas, OP, Coordinator of the Asia-Pacific Leadership Conference, extends his gratefulness to the student-brothers who provided secretarial services during the course, the brothers of St. Mary Magdalene House for their support, and the staff of Caleruega Retreat Center.

By Br. Art Vincent Pangan, OP


(14 Marach 2014)