The delegates to the General Chapter of the Order of Preachers from different countries held their world conference in July in Bien Hoa in Vietnam, where the Dominican family has an important presence. After the Mass of the Holy Spirit on July 13, 2019, the plenary session elected the 87th successor of St. Dominic, and the 88th Master of the Order in the person of Rev. Fr. Gerard Francisco P. Timoner, O. P.
Born in Daet, Camarines Norte, Fr. Timoner is the first Filipino and first Asian to be elected to the post, and he will be in charge of overseeing the various ministries of the Dominican friars, and the Dominican family of active sisters, contemplative nuns, and members of the lay Dominicans all over the world for nine years.
Before his election as Master of the Order, Fr. Timoner has been the Socius of the Master of the Order for Asia and the Pacific for the last three years, and was elected member of the International Theological Commission of the Vatican in the year 2014. He was elected as Prior Provincial of the Philippine Dominican Province from 2012 – 2016.
In his message, the new Master of the Order reminded his brother-priests that “We are preachers. It is not what we do; It is who we are. Mission is not what we do; It is who we are. We are preachers even when we are not preaching.”
In the pursuit of continuous school development to deal with the changes and challenges of 21st century education, the administrators of UST Angelicum College visited the Dominican International School (DIS) in Dazhi, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan on July 4, 2019
UST Angelicum welcomed the new academic year 2019-2020 with the Mass of the Holy Spirit which was held on August 7, 2019. The Mass, which coincided with the celebration of the Feast of St. Dominic de Guzman, founder of the Order of Preachers, was presided by the Pro-Vice-Rector of the school, Rev. Fr. Ferdinand L. Bautista, O. P. and concelebrated by Rev. Fr. Noel Castor, O. P., the school’s Director for Financial Affairs, Rev. Fr. Rudolf Seño, O.P. and the new Chaplain of the Basic Education Department, Rev. Fr. Arden Dacuma, O. P. Rev. Reynor Munsayac also joined during the celebration.
Despite the rainy weather last weekend, the BEC Youth Volunteers were all excited to attend the Team Building and Planning Session organized by the Office of the Religious Affairs last September 14, 2019 with the theme, ‘ Using One’s Gifts in Serving Others’ (1 Peter 4:10).