December 10 is popularly known as International Human Rights Day.East Timor joins in this important day to give honor, recognition and to salute to those who silently work for the common good. In the recently concluded Sergio Vieira de Mello Awards, the President of the Democratic Republic of East Timor, Francisco Guterres Lú Olo awarded four winners based on Social, Economic and Cultural categories which promote, defend, and continue to upholdRead More...Read more
On December 1st and 2nd, I joined the novice’s common study, where I met many novices from different Dominican congregations. We are from different parts of Asia -East Timor, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, and Myanmar. Set aside the diversities, we gathered under the roof called “Dominican Family”. This great family invites us to continue to live in fraternity and build up friendship among its members. Thus, to better understand true friendshipRead More...Read more
Fifty-seven years after the death of our sisters Maria del Buen Consejo, Maria Candida, Maria Justa, and Maria Olimpia, the blood of our martyr sisters watered in African lands is still very much alive among us. Their spirit is very present in our midst. As they say “blood of martyrs, seed of a Christian” that is exactly what we contemplated on November 28th, the wonders of the Lord, here inRead More...Read more
Our hearts overflows with the songs of praise and thanks for the wonderful and precious gift of our Father Founder Ramon Zubieta. The month of November 2021 was with our father founder, our faith journey with him, as we reflected on his life and the inspiring missionary writings that depict his struggle, adventurous journey and his determination to spread the kingdom of God on earth. Paying tribute to this legendary personalityRead More...Read more
We are happy to begin our new journey in Philippines. It is our joy to share our life and activities in the Asian continental novitiate. We are a mix group in cultures and nations. Four of us are from Vietnam, three from East Timor and one from Myanmar.Our activities were as follows:On October 1st is the arrival of Novices to the Asian Continental Novitiate after completing their ten days ofRead More...Read more
Dear sisters, I wanted to share with you the experience that I am having in the province of San MartIn de Porres, precisely in the provincial house. My time of experience is full of various activities, such as: community tasks, different courses on the life of Santo Domingo, the history of the Congregation, the apostolate at the Lisungi Hospital Center ...I arrived at the Provincial House of the Dominican MissionaryRead More...Read more
Books play a great role in our lives.Today, reading is less and less popular with young people and adults. Young people have lost their reading habits due to the influence and impact of social networks. They prefer to consult a Facebook account, check Twitter, send WhatsApp messages, see the photos of friends, publish their own content ... in short, they prefer to be up to date instead of taking theRead More...Read more
The Jubilee in the tradition of the Church is a great religious event. It is the year of the remission of sins; It is the year of reconciliation between adversaries, of conversion and of sacramental penance and, consequently, of solidarity, hope, justice, commitment to the service of the Lord in joy and peace with the brothers. The Jubilee Year is above all the year of Christ, bearer of life andRead More...Read more
We had the usual gathering of religious men and women. But this Sunday was very special because it was a moment of relaxation to get to know each other better as well as our different congregations.The meeting took place in the house of the Sisters of the Holy Union. The start of the activities was scheduled for 3:00 p.m., after the installation of the members, we began with a prayerRead More...Read more
This was my goal when I arrived at the place of my apostolic practices in Batcham-Fiela on April 21st, 2021. In fact, my pastoral work was very broad (hospital, parish, neighborhood) and in all this I only wished the good for my brothers and sisters through my evangelical witness.In the hospital I was in charge of receiving the sick to take their parameters, I made an effort to be heardRead More...Read more
How can we define "COMmunity?"Within the normal, of everyday life, an unusual situation appeared, which made us tremble, makes us restless. We were locked in, nervous and scattered because of the Covid. With this situation, I turned my head towards my heart; I look for the light, an answer, in something that I can understand how fear can enter our apparently stable and organized life. We were united and happyRead More...Read more
Being a teacher and a student in this time of pandemic is very challenging. As a teacher, it is not easy if one is not knowledgeable enough in technology. “New Normal” way of learning is not easy at the beginning, because of the needed connectivity between teachers and the learners is not guaranteed virtually. When it comes to this form of education, this requires more effort from students and moreRead More...Read more
MOTHER ASCENCION NICOL GOÑI
A woman who left behind her land and securities
“I felt no great enthusiasm…but an irresistible strength that led me to offer myself…”
Ascencion Nicol was forty-five years old when she embraced the missionary challenge proposed by Monsignor Zubieta of going to the Peruvian jungle and being able to contribute her gifts and extensive experience in favor of the education and formation of girls and women from the jungle. The context she will face would be totally different to the school of Huesca. However, her deep fidelity, her restless and attentive spirit to what god wanted for her pushed her to offer her life to the cause of the kingdom.
MONSIGNOR RAMON ZUBIETA
Missionary in the Philippines
“Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!”
Ramon Zubieta, who was eager to preach, lived his first missionary experience in the Philippines. He is an open missionary, who combines faith and human promotion, wishes to embody himself and to know the culture of the communities which he must confront. He learns their languages and customs and spends a lot of time speaking to them. He promotes health, education and improvement in farming.
Due to the independency movements within the region, he was taking as prisoner along with other companions suffering from starvation and torture, but finally he is released.
“The soul that it offers itself as a victim is as if it was telling god: Here I am to comply your will; here I am to suffer, to love, to immolate myself, to keep quiet, to not wish anything that is out of you”
Mother Ascencion Nicol Goñi