The Lay Dominicans in Region VI (Mindanao region) held the Annual Retreat and Regional Convention last July 7-9, 2017 at the Dominican House of Prayer, Matina, Davao City. There were 78 delegates of sisters, lay women and men from different parts in Mindanao; some came from the COMVAL group, Gensan group, Davao Chapter, and Digos Chapter. The retreat master was Rev. Fr. Honorato Castigador, OP, Provincial Promoter of Lay Dominicans in the Philippine Province. He mentioned that having a retreat was looking back on the good things that God has done for us. Following Jesus is knowing Him. During the discussion some questions were pondered upon: Why do you follow Jesus? Who is happy to follow Jesus? Why are you here and have decided to follow Jesus?
In the second day, Fr. Castigador was joined in by Fr. Alfredo Fernandez, OP, Regional Promoter and Ecclesiastical Assistant (Spiritual Director) in Region VI, during the Eucharistic celebration. Dr. Belen Tangco, OP, President of the Dominican Laity of the Dominican Province of the Philippines, attended the activity and gave her sharing that serving the Lord is ageless; we need to serve well.
The celebration was a grace-filled affair that brought good memories to everyone to be able to serve God more zealously as inspired by the spirit of St. Dominic.
By Marylie Castillo-Sangga