The Dominican Family is composed of the Dominican priests, cooperator-brothers, nuns, priestly fraternity, apostolic sisters, and lay Dominicans. In the Philippines, the Family is growing and is continuing the goal of acting together and helping one another in preaching, its ministries, and promoting vocations.
The Dominican Formators Conference of the Philippines; the Justice, Peace and Care for Creation of the Dominican Family; and the Dominican Network of Schools (DOMNET) are excellent venues for the Family collaboration.
There are also so many activities where the Dominican Family members meet together, such as the Dominican Juniors Formation Encounter, where the young Dominicans in formation meet together and share their experiences and the fruits of their contemplation and study. The Dominican Family regularly meet during the important days in the Order and the Province, e.g. Solemnity of St. Dominic; Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, which is also the Anniversary of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Dominican Family Retreat; and special events like ordinations, professions and anniversaries.
The Dominican Family are also hand-in-hand in the ministries and preaching: The iLumen is the official preaching blogspot of the Dominican Family where we collaborate by sharing reflections coming from the Dominican friars, nuns, confraternity, sisters and laity.
As one Dominican Family, we have provide assistance to the members of the Dominican Family, such as those who were adversely affected by typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan, 2013).Some have been given assistance to help them rebuild and continue their ministry in the affected areas. The “Siete Palabras” (Preaching on the Seven Last Words of Christ) by the Dominican Family every Good Friday does not only continue to enjoy high viewership or TV rating, but it also shows the different and unique vocations in the Dominican Family in the Philippines.
"A man who governs his passions is master of his world. We must either command them or be enslaved by them. It is better to be a hammer than an anvil."
- Saint Dominic
The Dominican laity has grown with the addition of six chapters. The Priestly Fraternity of St. Dominic has also grown with 38 admissions and 21 professions of seminarians, priests, and bishops in the last four years (2012-2016). This includes the outgoing President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines and the Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan, Archbishop Socrates Villegas, O.P., D.D. who professed last June 27, 2016.
he Dominican Network of Schools, College and Universities in the Philippines (DOMNET) continues to grow. Annually,they gather together in youth festivals, leadership trainings, recollections, and outreach activities.