On November 11, 2023, at the Basilica of San Lorenzo Extramuros in Rome, a Eucharistic celebration commemorated the deceased members of the Dominican Family. The Master of the Order, Brother Gerard Francisco Timoner III, OP, presided over the Mass, stating, “We come here as an act of faith in the resurrection of the body at the end of times.”
On October 15, the Dominican community at Santa Sabina in Rome welcomed brothers participating in the Synod on Synodality. The Master of the Order, Brother Gerard Francisco Timoner III, OP, extended a warm welcome, emphasizing the Order’s commitment to accompany the Church in its journey toward deeper communion.
From October 1-6, 2023, the International Dominican Commission for Justice and Peace (IDCJP) met in Nairobi, Kenya, discussing global challenges, justice, and peace. The Master of the Order emphasized communicating ongoing initiatives across regions for encouragement.
In the Dominican tradition, Brothers, like St. Martin de Porres, bring healing and hope to the Church, reaching those on society’s fringes. Their ministry is a call to embrace the wounded and abandoned.
Philip, known for his kindness and intellectual excellence, left us wondering about the “more.” He lived in the known and the unknown, reflecting the Dominican spirit of curiosity and kindness.
Fr. Gerard Francisco Timoner III, OP, emphasized the unique Dominican preaching mission, comparing it to both a shepherd and a fisherman. This mission involves saving souls and fostering communion with God.
In the Amazon, the Lay Dominicans see a call to preach the Gospel, recognizing the region’s unique challenges. They seek to promote missionary vocations, uniting faith with local culture and ecological awareness.
Dominican historians convened in Ávila and Salamanca from September 6 to 11, continuing a revived tradition. Discussions spanned research projects, ranging from intellectual history to the Order’s Pacific history. Presentations included contributions from Myanmar, Vietnam, and the Philippines. The conference aimed to strengthen collaboration among historians in the Dominican Order.
Sister Rosmery Castañeda M., a Dominican Sister of the Dominican Sisters of Charity of the Presentation, has been selected by Pope Francis to participate in the Synod on Synodality. She is the only woman from the Order of Preachers attending this 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, entitled “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission”, which is being held in Rome from 4 to 29 October.
As we approach the seventh centenary of St. Thomas Aquinas’s canonization on July 18, 2023, reflections arise on his significance. Canonized amidst controversies, his life embodies humility, charity, and intellectual rigor. Thomas’s legacy exceeds mere guardianship; it demands a dynamic expression of faith.