The Philippine Dominican Pastors’ Conference (PDPC) of the Dominican Province of the Philippines was held last August 9 and 10 at Caleruega Philippines, Nasugbu, Batangas. It is an annual gathering of our brethren who are parish priests assigned in the various parishes whose care is under the Province, as mandated in our Statutes. Simultaneous with the conference was also the summit of brethren assigned in local and foreign mission areas.
Those present during the conference were:
- Edmund Nantes, OP – Pontianak
- Joseto Bernadas, OP – Surabaya
- James Alamillo, OP – Sri Lanka
- Louie Coronel OP – Santisimo Rosario Parish
- Mandy Malijan, OP – Santo Domingo Parish
- Paticio Hiwatig, OP – San Lorenzo Ruiz and Companion Martyrs Parish
- Allan Lopez, OP – Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Parish
- Alfred Fernandez, OP – St. Antoninus House, General Santos City
- Greg Gregory, OP – St. Antoninus House, Davao City
- Jose Martin Sibug, OP – Chairman, Commission on Missions & Promoter of the Missions
- Melencio Garcia, OP – Member, Commission on Missions
- Napoleon Sipalay, Jr. OP – Prior Provincial
The afternoon of the first day of the conference was devoted to orientation, sharing and free discussions on concerns of DPP parishes and mission areas. The participants expressed the need for parish priests and missionaries to gather together at least once a year to share and discuss best practices and common programs. They also identified the qualities of a Dominican Parish and some practical things to do for our mission programs.
In the morning of the second day of the conference, the participants listened to the presentations of Prof. Regalado Trota Jose, Archivist of the University of Santo Tomas. The title of Jose’s presentation was “Writing Culture in the Missions; Writing Mission in Cultures”. Jose gave practical tips on record-keeping and doing chronicles.
Fr. Napoleon Sipalay, Jr., OP gave a presentation on “Missionary Option to the Peripheries as a Thrust of the Province”. The Prior Provincial went over the pertinent legislations formulated in the Acts of the 11th Provincial Chapter. His presentation clarified the direction of the province in terms of our priority on missions and our apostolate in the parishes.
The afternoon session was devoted to a discussion on the crisis in Marawi. The Philippine Dominican Pastors’ Conference and Missionaries Summit resolved to come up with a statement and a prayer on our stand in response to the Marawi Crisis. The conference was organized by the Commission on Mission headed by its chairman and Promoter of the Missions, Br. Jose Martin L. Sibug, OP.
By Br. Jose Martin Sibug, OP