The Dominican Juniors and Pre-novices gathered once again for the annual Formation Encounter held on the 13th of August 2017, Sunday, with the theme “The Dominican Proclamation of Truth in the Modern Times.” The Dominican School Manila hosted the event and Sr. Catherine Edith Cruz, OP, the head of the school, cordially welcomed the participants.
The event was graced with the presence of Br. Marcelino E. Saria, OP, and Mr. Bot Balbero as guest speakers. In the morning, Fr. Saria gave a talk and presided over the Holy Mass. In his sharing, he emphasized the value of honesty in the proclamation of the truth, while in the afternoon, Mr. Balbero enlivened the group with his usual wit reminding the Dominicans to be true witnesses of self-giving for God and for others.
Finally, as a customary practice, each form and was given a prayer partner to pray for. All in all, the brothers and sisters greatly enjoyed the event as they altogether praised, blessed, and preached God to one another by sharing their presence and vocation stories.
By Br. Ian Joeffrey G. Melendres, OP