A New Blog for the Dominican Family in The Philippines

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The Dominican Province of the Philippines, through the Office for Social Communications of the Institute of Preaching (IP), has launched “iLumen,” the official blog of the Dominican Family in the country.

According to Br. Christopher Jeffrey Aytona, OP, IP assistant director, preaching in a blogging platform is the Filipino Dominicans’ response to the Church’s call for the use of the new means of evangelization. “We want to reach those who are fond of using the internet, especially the youth,” Aytona said. Following the Dominican tenet “Contemplari et Contemplata aliis tradere” (To contemplate and to share the fruits of one’s contemplation), the blog, which can be visited at ilumenpreachingblog.blogspot.com, offers reflections on the life and ministry of the Order of Preachers in the country.

Br. Louie Coronel, OP, who serves as the head facilitator of iLumen, explained that the blog is the maiden project of the reenergized Commission on Social Communication of the Dominican Family in the Philippines, and also a response to the Popes Benedict XVI’s and Pope Francis’s challenge to Christians to preach through the internet.

“Despite the seemingly infinite capacity of the World Wide Web to fuel toxic exchanges that quickly devolve into name-calling and ruthless skepticism, Pope Benedict XVI still managed to illustrate the urgency and necessity for the faithful to be online, where so many people spend their time, especially the youth,” Coronel said. “The emeritus Pope has significantly underscored that the social media can be a tool for lovingly bridging divisions among people.”

The Dominican Family in the Philippines is composed of priests, religious brothers and sisters, nuns, laity, clerical fraternities, youths, and affiliates. Among those who have already shared in the blog are Jun Banaag, OP, also known as “Dr. Love,” Edna Bustamante-Roa, OP, and Sophia Baylon, OP, of the Dominican Laity; Fr. Ric-Zeus Angobung, OP, of the Dominican Clerical Fraternity of the Philippines; Sr. Ma. Lorenza Sajul, OP, of the Congregación de Religiosas Misioneras de Santo Domingo; Br. Clarence Marquez, OP, IP director; Weldann Lester Panganiban of the Institute of Preaching Lay Missionaries; and Maria Celina Castro of the Dominican Network Youth Group.

The blog “iLumen,” which was officially launched on July 7, also contains prayers and recent Church documents, such as the Pope Francis’ encyclical “Lumen Fidei.”  “The name ‘iLumen’ suggests ­– drawing from the Latin meaning of ‘lumen’ – becoming instruments of light through this blog,” Aytona said.

(05 September 2013)