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PHILIPPINES | Philippine Province Receives Profession of 12 New Members

Updated: Oct 16, 2020

The newly professed members with the Dominican friars at the Santo Domingo Church in Quezon City

On September 28, 2020, Feast of San Lorenzo Ruiz De Manila and Companion Martyrs, the Priestly Fraternities of Saint Dominic in the Philippines welcomed a retired bishop and eleven diocesan priests into their brotherhood. Their promise of commitment to live the Dominican way of life was received by the fr. Napoleon B. Sipalay Jr., OP, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines, through the Rite of Profession within the Holy Mass held at Santo Domingo Church, Quezon City.

The newly professed members are as follows:

Bishop-Emeritus of the Diocese of Novaliches

1. Most Rev. Teodoro C. BACANI, DD

From the Chapter-in-Formation of the Priory of St. Thomas:

2. Fr. Jose Francisco C. SYQUIA, Archdiocese of Manila

3. Fr. Julius R. DE SAGUN, Diocese of Imus

4. Fr. Richard P. LAGOS, Diocese of San Jose, Nueva Ecija

5. Fr. Jerome ROSALINDA, Diocese of Novaliches

6. Fr. Rufino C. SESCON Jr., Archdiocese of Manila

7. Fr. Rufo Ramil H. CRUZ, Diocese of San Jose, Nueva Ecija

From the Chapter-in-Formation the Prelature of Batanes:

8. Fr. Romel C. CRUZ

9. Fr. Aldred G. HORDOÑEZ

10. Fr. Dioscoro D. LAYUG

11. Fr. Ramon C. TURINGAN Jr.

12. Fr. Benjamin B. VALENCIA

During his homily, Fr. Sipalay said that it is a great blessing for the Order of Preachers to receive twelve (12) new brothers into the fraternities. He also asked the new members to challenge the Church and the Order with their gifts in preaching.

In attendance were Fr. Quirico T. Pedregosa, Jr. OP, Delegated Formator for Bishop Bacani; Fr. Florentino A. Bolo, Jr., OP, General Promoter of the Priestly Fraternities of the Order; Fr. Arden Xerxes D. Dacuma, OP, Assistant Promoter of the Priestly Fraternities of the Philippines; some members of the Priestly Fraternities; and the Dominican Student-Brothers who served as acolytes, lectors and choir.

After the Holy Mass, the nomination of their respective Chapter names and the election of new officers for each Chapter were carried out at the San Pio V Building. Fr. Sescon was elected Prior of the Chapter of San Lorenzo Ruiz. For the Prelature of Batanes, Fr. Valencia was elected Prior of the Chapter of St. Albert the Great. Both chapters were subsequently erected by the Prior Provincial, thus, bringing the number of canonically established chapters of the Dominican Priestly Fraternities in the Philippines to twelve, with a total membership of 230 priests and 15 bishops.

fr. Arden Xerxes D. Dacuma, OP