The Province of the Philippines Receives 8 Novices

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The Prior Provincial, Br. Gerard Francisco P. Timoner III, OP, presided over the Rite of Vestition in a Eucharistic Celebration at the St. Albert the Great Chapel, Colegio de San Juan de Letran Calamba, where 8 young men were vested with the Dominican habit. The Dominican friars together with the family and friends of the new novices witnessed the joyful event.

In his homily, the Provincial told the new novices that “though vocation is personal, you are called to belong to a community.” He further told them not to forget the many Johns and Andrews that had invited them to this brotherhood for gratitude is essential to Dominican life.

Br. Timoner also explained to them the significance of the invitation “Come and See” in the formation of a Dominican, as found in the Gospel of John. “As Dominicans,” he said, “we are called to be disciples.” He told the new novices that discipleship is the most fundamental way of life of those who wish to follow Christ.

We wished our new brother novices Agustinus Hermawan, Aloysius Luis Kung, Sandy C. Alerta, Jaymar D. Godalle, Ed Christian R. Estrada, Alexander Constantine N. Seño, Jeffrey M. Pagaduan, Adrian Louis Siayngco, and Ralph Reindle K. Jariño, continuous blessings!

March 23, 2013