MDR Experiences

THE “NEW NORMAL” WAY OF LEARNING

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...

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THE COVID ORDEAL

Having lived the Covid threats for several months with Spain as one of the third highest death reports in the world, was so alarming and left us almost paranoid at times. It was so when I lived those days either in the university or among the roads going back home in Madrid. It was a very challenging experience from hygiene, care for others and keeping distance from friends and evenRead More...

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THE BLOW OF COVID-19 TO OUR MISSION TODAY

 Initially, I find this topic nothing stimulating, palatable much less interesting to write on particularly during this pandemic time ushered in by covid- 19 into the global world, given the fact that this unwelcomed guest and most dreaded, enemy brought into our lives almost every bad omen and disaster we could have thought of and had never expected. Nevertheless, allow me to glean positive factors that certainly would be moreRead More...

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TELL US, PLEASE TELL US

The overstaying pandemic is still with us for more than a year, it has affected rapidly our day-to-day life… Waking up each day in this ambiance of quarantine and lockdown days come along uncertainties and several questions keep coming into our minds and hearts: Where have all those dormers gone, that they left all rooms empty? Where are all those smiles from their innocent faces? Where are all their greetingsRead More...

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PRIVILEGES AND BENEFITS SHATTERED

Privileges and benefits shattered? We can face these if we have the right values and concern for each other. “Evil is powerless if the good is unafraid.” (Pres. Ronald Reagan) Be of the higher or lower bracket of society, many of us have experienced living comfortably in our means without depending or relying on charity. The poor are the most vulnerable level of society and as we know, financial struggleRead More...

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Understanding the message of daily living, learning to love my vocation more

Christians often speak of having a “vocation” or being “called”. Many of us are likely familiar with stories of “call” and how an individual was led to become a religious. We, the Dominicans, profess obedience, and embrace a life of poverty and chastity for the sake of the Kingdom. Embracing one’s vocation is done in God and not only for oneself, but also to serve others. The workplace where aRead More...

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Experience in my New Mission

“The One who calls you is faithful, and He will do it” (1 Thessalonians 5:24). I would like to share my experience right after our Canonical novitiate in Manila, Philippines where we also made our temporal profession last 8 of September 2020. Prior to our profession, we were told by our Provincial as to what would be our assigned task. It so happened that, my assignment would also be inRead More...

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The Blow of COVID 19 To Our Mission Today

COVID-19 has brought school closure from meeting students and teachers face to face physically. Although schools began partially, re-opening virtually five months later in August of last school year, far-reaching restrictions remain in place and any predictions as to when closures will be, seems to be hardly possible now. Consequently, teachers face significant challenges in adapting to online teaching and maintaining at least a minimum of communication with students andRead More...

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NEW NORMAL= OLD NORMAL

As this covid19 hit the wold in its utmost it has caused so many changes at almost everything in the globe. Coping with the challenges that we are all confronted with the world and the geniuses / intelligence of man are in constant battle. One of the many changes and coping that had caught my attention is the coining or forming of words following new lifestyle that the world namesRead More...

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“THE WASHING OF THE FEET”

 What does all this mean to me? The washing of the feet -for an Asian person like me- has always been an important act of the Holy Week, an almost unforgettable and indispensable ritual in the parish of my birth as in the universal Church. I had no idea of European customs or cultural interpretations of everything that the act of “washing” expresses, because in Asia it is “kissing theRead More...

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TO BE ONE AMONG MANY

As a missionary belonging to San Luis Beltran Province, am called for a new mission. God sent me four years ago to Vietnam as a new member of the Province of Reina de China. Vietnam is a place ideally dreamt of by our Founders. It is a place where freedom of speech is curtailed, and our apostolic activities are limited and being monitored by authorities of the land. To beRead More...

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BEING STRANGE

Yes, in our world and the reality of our environment and the society we live in, we are as a species or weirdos. Our presence “seems” a way of the old normality causes a contrast but a shock to the society in which we live, the coexistence with the young and even more, in Europe. It is true, there are different ways of seeing reality, but what marks life itselfRead More...

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MY VISION IN LIFE REMAINS

Our life is a journey filled with lessons, hardships, heartaches, joys, celebrations, and special moments that will ultimately lead us to our destination, our purpose in life. The road will not always be smooth, in fact, throughout our travel, we will encounter many challenges. Some of these challenges will test our courage, strength, weaknesses, and faith. Along the way, we may stumble upon obstacles that will come between the pathsRead More...

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MDSR, part of our family’s success.

The Missionary Dominican Sisters of the Rosary is a religious congregation with a purpose, helping people who are in need. One of those people they were able to help is my father named Apolonio D. Solis. They were the helping hand and the door to my father’s success in his career. Without them, my father would not have been able to finish his studies and became who he is now.Read More...

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DAYS TO REMEMBER

Coming home is always a joy to anyone, especially when you spent some good years away from family, community, and friends. Excitement crawls instantly and takes you like a whirlwind and even leaves us out of context! Suddenly faces of loved ones, of friends and even places set us adrift. In fact, right on the first day of April, I started thinking how it would be to travel these days.Read More...

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DEAR RAMONCITO

When I study about your life I was amazed at how you comforted the natives who need your comfort amidst the hardship that you face. You embrace the mission with all your heart even it includes moments of laughter and tears, works and struggles and by all means, you use your heart in a special way. You share the fruits of your contemplation with the natives by uplifted their dignityRead More...

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Prophetic voice of the Catholic bishops of Mozambique

Gathered in our first Plenary Session of this year 2021, the Catholic Bishops of Mozambique, with hearts full of sadness, as every Mozambican citizen who identifies with the good of the country; we deplore the tragic situation experienced by the population of Cabo Delgado. We regret the prevailing insecurity among the population in the center of the country and we are unhappy with the food insecurity and hunger that affectRead More...

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MY NEW EXPERIENCE

From “Bambo Ramon” community, Milange, Mozambique, I want to share a bit of my experience of less than a year. We are an intercultural and intergenerational community made up of five sisters, four in perpetual vows and a junior who is sharing her experience with you. The first thing I did was integration to make good community coexistence possible, knowing that we are all people of values, but also ofRead More...

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PASTORAL EXPERIENCE IN THE “MATTHEWS HOUSE 25” PROJECT

This project aims to welcome homeless people who live on the streets, offer a daily meal and guide them to rehabilitation alternatives. The Apostolic Nunciature began this project, but it was co-responsible for different religious Congregations, parishes, and lay people in the Archdiocese. Personal hygiene services are offered daily for all users who present themselves and require this service, in the project’s facilities. They can also enjoy a daily mealRead More...

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INHASSUNGE EXPERIENCE

Inhassunge is an Island and a suburban area located in the south of Zambézia province. The population lives on the basis of agriculture, fishing and informal trade. There is a lot of lack of employment and little motivation in school education. Most of the population belongs to and attends the Christian church. And they are very dedicated to church activities. It has been very difficult to travel from Quelimane toRead More...

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DRAWINGS FOR MONSIGNOR ZUBIETA

“After telling Monsignor Zubieta’s life to kids from 6 to 9 years old from our school “Colegio Flori” in Porto, we asked this question: What did you like most about Ramon Zubieta’s life?  As representation of all the aswers the children gave, we chose the drawing that you can see here and the following statement: “It was to know that he was a missionary Father who helped the world withRead More...

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LAY TESTIMONIES

The “ASCENDING LAY PEOPLE ” – LEA – is a little bit informal group linked to the Congregation which was born in 1994 based on the love and experience that unite several people to the IMDR. This group meets three times a year (almost always in Fátima, a very special place for everyone) and, throughout the year, it feeds on its unity, friendship and family spirit through phone calls andRead More...

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THE DEMOLITION OF THE LAST TWO HOUSES WAS THE SYMBOLIC END OF THE 6 DE MAIO NEIGHBORHOOD

Residents said goodbye to the last two stalls in the 6 de Maio neighborhood in Amadora. The last two tents began to be demolished in the early morning of June 8TH, 2021, in a process that lasted for several hours and was accompanied by the Public Security Police and the municipality of Amadora. More than 20 years later, the eradication process is finally complete. The last house to be demolishedRead More...

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Private Educational Center “SANTA ROSA” Dominican Missionary Sisters of the Rosary

The world has been affected by a sanitary crisis, the same one that has hit heavily various sectors. One of them is education, that has gone through difficult situations, affecting public as well as private schools. The private school “Santa Rosa” from Huacho city, has also suffered these hits, but through the work of its members; teachers and administrative and supportive staff have all make efforts to moving forward ourRead More...

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Family kitchen gardens from JPIC in pandemic times

I am Mariana de Jesus Oñate Bayas, an Ecuadorian woman who has been part of the Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas Community for the last 9 months. Briefly, I will share what has influenced me to start the family urban kitchen gardens: I was raised in the countryside. Mi mother cultivated and loved her land. In this year, the Centenary of our Founding Father, we have focused on his experience:Read More...

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EDUCATION NOWADAYS

In-person classes suspension due to the sanitary situation we are currently living and the necessity of guaranteeing the continuation of our students’ learning have imposed challenges on teachers and families. These challenges belong to a curriculum implementation and actions of socio-economic support to families and school staff; new forms for developing pastoral projects; prioritization of competencies; use of technological tools; interactive methodologies; style of organization-communication and adaptation of activities inRead More...

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Education within reach of countryside youth

I assumed the commitment of accompanying girls and adolescents in the project “Promocion de la mujer” (“Woman promotion”) of the Dominican Missionary Sisters of the Rosary in the Boarding School Santa Rosa in San Ignacio, Cajamarca, because we value countryside girls’ education, since the importance it has for their development in relation to all the dangers that they face. I arrived at the boarding school on March 10th, a weekRead More...

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MY EXPERIENCE AS PRINCIPAL IN THE SCHOOL “DE JESUS”

To talk about my experience as principal, is to talk about a place that opened its doors to me many years ago: The Educative Institution “De Jesus.” This community -located in Lima, Peru- is about to celebrate its 102nd anniversary during this June. This school is an educative work of the Dominican Missionary Sisters of the Rosary Congregation, which looks for educating children and teenagers through a Christian human vision.Read More...

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Women coexisting with nature: “Family urban vegetable gardens in pandemic times.”

My name’s Maria Eras, I am married, and I have three children. For me, participating in creating vegetable gardens has been important. To know the land, prepare it, fertilizer it, planting seeds and then taking care of them to harvest them is a huge process. Nature teaches us to practice the virtue of patience. At the end, we harvest our own vegetables, for our family, for the community. The contactRead More...

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MY EXPERIENCE

I am Erlitha Trajano Conde. My student life in primary school were at the Sepahua boarding school, which is administrated by the Dominican Missionary Sisters of the Rosary. Then, I attended Lambeyeque’s residence, which is also dependent of the sisters. Here, I studied business administration. I have lived a very beautiful experience and, I have had the opportunity of preparing myself professionally in Sepahua as well as in Lambeyeque. SomeRead More...

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Dear sisters

I have been asked to write some lines about my experience in the Quinindé community in Ecuador and since I love sharing, that is what I will do. I arrived to Quinindé on September 16th, 2020, after my lockdown in Quito for six months. I came searching for a bigger commitment with the impoverished faces of Ecuador and I have found it here in the “Nuevos Horizontes” neighborhood among afro-EcuadorianRead More...

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EXPERIENCE OF THE NOVITIATE CANONICAL YEAR

“It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me” (Gal 2:20) “The novitiate is a fundamental stage in the process of formation to the consecrated life. It aims at deepening the specific values of religious life, a life of prayer, as a response to the call of Christ incarnate in the history of humanity”.   We are first year novices, we are enjoying the new experienceRead More...

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COMMUNITY OF THE AFRICAN NOVITIATE

Novitiate experience – 2nd year “The Lord is my light and my Salvation, whom I shall fear (Ps. 27)”. By this we mean that the Lord is the source of everything and, therefore, we place all our trust in Him at every moment of our life and vocational journey. Dear Sisters, We, the second-year novices, are happy to share with the sisters of the congregation our experience of two monthsRead More...

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VIVA MOJEÑA TRADITION: NEW DOOR OF THE MISSIONARY TEMPLE WAS BLESSED AND STUDY ON “MAMITAS ABADESAS” WAS PRESENTED

https://youtu.be/V_XTL-k5CJk San Ignacio de Mojos (Beni), May 2 (ANF). – The atmosphere of the Beni population of San Ignacio de Mojos is continuously impregnated with spirituality and religiosity, of what once were the Jesuit reductions of Mojos, back in the XVII and XVIII centuries. But, unlike what happened to several of them after the expulsion of the Jesuits from America, in Mojos the traditions cultivated by the natives and missionariesRead More...

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MARY, THE WOMAN WHO SAID NO

In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.Read More...

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MY EXPERIENCE IN MOSAIKO WITH THE COMMUNITIES

  Sister Maria Fernanda launched a call some time ago inviting us to write something to share it on our web page of MDR. The difficult part of that is to sit and organize the ideas of what we expect to share with the sisters due to our “excess” of duties. Meanwhile, I encourage myself to write this brief article to talk a little bit about my experience with communitiesRead More...

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MISSION AD GENTES

On February 8 of this year, I went on mission to the community of Nzagi, in the province of Lunda-Norte as a request of the provincial council to accompany the two junior sisters, due to the absence of the coordinator for health reasons. After all, where is the Nzagi community? Nzagi is located 80 km from the city of Dundo, capital of the province of Lunda – Norte, in theRead More...

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BE CAREFUL…ABOUT SELLING YOUR HERITAGE…Jean de la Fontaine

In this fable a rich farmer -who was conscious he was living his final days- called his children and says: “Be careful” he says, “do not sell the inheritance that our parents let us.” Since he had become a farmer, what he inherited from his parents and forbids his children to do, is to sell the land. If he became a rich Farmer was due to his work. However, longRead More...

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MY EXPERIENCE IN LISUNGI’S HOSPITAL

After spending my holidays with my family and integrating myself to the novice community, I started my missionary experience in the Lisungi hospital. I found it a little bit strange to work among these people, who have plenty of experience in the field of medicine. What I worried most about was to know what my contribution would be.  What could I contribute to the mission I was trusted? By theRead More...

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THE ACCOMPANIMENT OF YOUNG XAVERI IN THE PARISH SAN JUAN BAUTISTA

I arrived at Betania community and some months later I was visited by young people from Xaveri movement asking me to join them. I did not doubt to submerge in this adventure of working with young people from Saint Jean-Baptiste parish, so then together we could trace our lives following Christ’s example. Xaveri movement was born in Bukavu on September 7th, 1952 by an initiative of revered Father George Defour,Read More...

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FRIENDS OF SAINT MARTIN DE PORRES

Our community of novices has the postulancy of supervising children under thirteen years of age of our neighbor, most of them are not catholic; our main worry is to contribute to their growing by spiritual and moral formation. Our motto is: prayer, service, sharing, and entertaining. We meet every Saturday from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm. On the days of our meetings friends are very satisfied: they share school lessonsRead More...

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A COMMUNITY IN THE SISTERS’ HOSPITAL, IT WAS TIME!

The idea of a community within the land of our hospital Simbok in Yaunde has been around our minds for about 10 years, but during all this time, the brave sisters challenge the bet of distance (about 3 kilometers) in limit dangerous conditions due to the disrepair of the highway for many years. Thanks God and the pavement of the highway, the situation has significantly improved. Population has grown atRead More...

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ROBBERY IN BETANIA COMMUNITY

My dear sisters, it is with great emotion that I take advantage of the opportunity of our web site to share with you the event that took place during the night from December 29th-30th in our community of Betania. Imagine dear sisters that I was sleeping in the middle of the night when about 1 am a group of thieves broke into our plot: two in front of my windowRead More...

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NOVICES MEETINGS IN SAN MARTIN / KINSHASA

Dear sisters, it is a pleasure to share with you our diverse encounters celebrated in 2020 about reflections sent by the sisters of the formation team. We met in the community of novitiate of the borough of Mont Ngafula in Cite Pumbu. The community of novitiate forms the frontier between the Diocese of Kinshasa and Kisantu, where the sisters perform their pastoral work.  We reflected about three topics: The roadRead More...

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OUR MISSION AS POSTULANT IN OUR MEDICAL CATHOLIC CENTER “NUESTRA SENORA DEL ROSARIO” IN YAOUNDE

Looking to live to the fullest our evangelizing mission, we fully dedicate to take care of patients through our center located in Simbok, a few hours by car from our community. To do this, the sisters -who are responsible of our formation- wanted that us, the postulants, would also try to be immersed in this project. Therefore, we work three days one week and six days in another week withRead More...

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WE SAY NO TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

This is the main topic in a visual communication sign developed by the Episcopal Conference of Cameroon (ECC) and that I found in our new health center since September. Since I was not present there during the moment it was installed, I am unaware of the circumstances in which the ECC decided to spread such message, which in addition is shown in the middle of a hospital environment. Rapidly, IRead More...

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MY COMMUNITARIAN EXPERIENCE

Dear sisters, with great joy I want to share with you my experience in the Betania Community (Bumbu). After completing a year and a half in the novitiate, I was assigned to Betania for my communitarian experience. Once I arrived, I was received by the elder sisters. They help me to integrate myself here and, as main task in this community, being secretary. The secretary task was to make notesRead More...

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THE RETREAT ON JANUARY 17TH IN THE CENTER THERESIANUM / KINSHASA

On the third Sunday of January, we participated in the retreat held by the Discalced Carmelites that had as motto: MAN, IMAGE OF GOD (Genesis 1, 26 &ss). We started this day of meditation with praises followed by the conference and it ended with the celebration of the Eucharist. To know better the topic, the orator of the day divided his teaching into two sub-topics: To feel loved by God.Read More...

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MASSES ARE BACK IN THE PARISH NUESTRA SENORA DE GRACIA

Coronavirus, as it has been everywhere, has affected a lot our habits. Among them, the closing of churches. In fact, one of the measures taken to protect people was to forbid public reunions. It was not easy to accept it and to live that strong moment, we lived six months of anguish without Eucharist in the parish. On August 15th, 2020, we celebrated our first mass with believers in theRead More...

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SHARE THE JOY

Our work of Simbok has been working for 12 years: THE CATHOLIC MEDICAL CENTER NUESTRA SENORA DEL ROSARIO. Our Lady of the Rosary, the protector and mother of our Congregation has accompanied us in everything we have been doing. Little by little the hospital has grown until today we have more than 17 services such as: Cardiology, ECG, Echocardiogram, Dental Office, General Surgery, ORL, Pediatrics, Pharmacy, Operating room, Radiology, Dermatology,Read More...

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Noemie’s Mission in the Catholic Medical Center Notre Dame du Rosaire DE SIMBOK / YAOUNDE CAMEROUN

“Sick people are our reason for being.” The dispensary where I work is commonly known in the neighborhood as “Hospital of the Sisters.” This means so much that this is a place of first resource, private and managed by nuns, which is a synonym of good reputation in general. It has been opened since 2008 and it is managed mainly by two Dominican nuns (Sisters Marie-Claire and Carine). Both areRead More...

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Novices, San Jose Province

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me…” Luke 4, 18   Jesus continues calling us to be sowers of hope, justice, love, joy and solidarity…   We are eight novices. Two of us in the confrontation stage: Angelica (Mexican) and Onelia (Guatemalan) and six in the projection stage: Leticia and Matilde (Guatemalans) Frania, Georgina, yaneth and Eveling (Nicaraguans).In this process we have been accompanied by our sisters Estibaliz LadronRead More...

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Education in Pandemic Times in The Dominican Republic

It is a fact that Covid-19 has affected in different forms to everybody. It might also be that to some people it has been harder than others, but consequences can be noticed more and more and this is forcing us to change many life schemes.   We are worried to see hundreds of people infected and each day that number increases. It hurts for everybody to see those who wereRead More...

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A MISSION FOR THE CITIZENS IN CIUDAD ALTERNATIVA

Santo Domingo, The Dominican Republic   For a year and a half, I have been working in Ciudad Alternativa, an institution originated in the Social Pastoral and the Ecclesiastic Communities of the Catholic Church. With more than 30 years of experience working for a more habitable city from everybody’s rights, Ciudad Alternativa has not only fight for the right to housing, but also for the right of basic services, suchRead More...

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To lose and to win in Beatus Ascension Nicol Goni’s life

To lose and to win are not two antagonistic poles, both -from the idea I want to express- are complementary and illuminate each other mutually. As Dolores Aleixandre expresses so well “to win losing, to lose wining.”   It can be said that life has its contradictions, for that reason for wining we must know how to lose. What I mean about losing in this piece of writing is theRead More...

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EQUALITY MUST COEXIST ALONG WITH DIVERSITY

I am Maria del Carmen Cahuec Ixtecoc, a Guatemalan novice now living in Sabana Perdida in The Dominican Republic. In my first year of novitiate, I have had the opportunity of participating in the Political Formation School “Mama Tingo”, which accompanies young communitarian leaders by providing them reflection spaces in topics that help them to analyze social reality from a critical constructive conscious. In this process, I’m accompanied by MarisaRead More...

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WHAT IS THE REAL JOY TO CELEBRATE MONS. RAMON ZUBIETA´S FEAST IN THIS TIME OF CRISIS?

“My Spirit will always be with you”. November 19, 2020 is the feast day of Fr. Ramon Zubieta, as usual, the whole Congregation is preparing videos, and songs to remember him. We, in the Philippines, also celebrated this feast in respective communities. Each sister in their mission land has come together in the spirit of Fr. Zubieta to praise God and thanking Him for being a great father and Founder.Read More...

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LIVING THE MISSIONARY VOCATION

As we celebrate this year a centenary year of departure of Our Founder Msgr. Ramón Zubieta who passed away in Huacho, Peru, due to pneumonia in 1921, we would like to share with you some traits of His Missionary Spirituality. The Text is taken from the book “Mons. Zubieta y Les. Reflection about his Life, Chapter III. by Cecelia Valbuena, OP; Ed. Vicariate Apostolico de Puerto Maldonado. We believe thatRead More...

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EVER VIBRANT, JOY IN ADVERSE CIRCUMSTANCE

It has been more than thirty years back when as an aspirant, I started listening about Mons Ramon Zubieta y Les, one of the founders of MDR Congregation.   Yet, those stories told, of pictures and history presented along the years of formation (amid the passion of many story tellers and formators) remained “foreign” to me for it has not taken me into the roots of his very person, hisRead More...

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LONG LIVE THE CENTENARY

“I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me” “Thank you Lord for the life” Dear Sisters: At the beginning of the Centenary of our Father Founder, the possibility of communicating with all of you is something we consider very great, so we would like to share with great joy and enthusiasm our first steps in the Congregational Juniorate. We moved to the Juniorate community on July 22nd andRead More...

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CELEBRATION OF 100 YEARS SINCE THE DEATH OF MONS. ZUBIETA AND LÉS FOUNDER OF THE DOMINICAN MISSIONARIES

This article has been written for publication in the bulletin of the Dominican Laity in Portugal. We, Dominican Missionaries of the Rosary, are once again living a Jubilee Year. A little more than 2 years ago, we celebrated the Centenary of the Foundation of the Congregation and now we are beginning this year which brings us to the Centenary of the death of Monsignor Ramon Zubieta y Les. OP, ourRead More...

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NOURISHING A VOCATIONAL CULTURE FROM THE INTERCONGREGATIONAL

I resume the appealing that Pope Francis made to young people in the World Youth Day in Panama: “Young people, you are not the future, you are God’s now.” With this, we could strengthen and put into practice the meaning of accompanying the vocational awake from a vocational culture revitalized by the young-vocational pastoral, which this year has been relevant due to the sanitary contingency that we have had toRead More...

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OUR RESPONSE TO COVID-19

The novel corona virus disease (Covid-19) that has been ravaging the world has thrown normal life out of gear for millions of people in India too with mounting number of infections and casualties.  National lock down was clamped on 24 March in a bid to protect the country and the citizens from the virulent virus. The national lock-down helped significantly to containing the spread of the virus and preventing theRead More...

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THE SURPRAISING PRESENCE OF GOD IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PANDEMIC IN THE WALKING TOWARDS SACRAMENTAL LIFE

In the middle of this sanitary crisis of Covid-19, a group of young people who study at DUOC UC (Higher education institute in Chile) keep their decision and option to maintain their preparation to get their sacraments in an online way (Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation). For them it was a time of great challenge, and above all, a commitment with their sacramental formation, since they had to find balanceRead More...

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RESPONSIBILITIES IN TIMES OF CRISIS AND DEEPENING OF THE GUADALUPE’S SPIRIT

“Education and evangelization are today -more than ever before- interrelated” O.P. We are in the middle of a pandemic, which undoubtedly will remain in our retina for many more years; the pandemic has brought a series of adaptations within society, such as knowing adequately our emotions, reflecting on a social level, questioning our educational commitment and to recognize the responsibilities that we as educators cannot overlook. Today, in times ofRead More...

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THE PATH IS MADE AS YOU WALK

We all have experienced the passage of the pandemic in our lives, communities and mission throughout the year.   In Kirigueti (Peruvian jungle) we have had time at the beginning of the year to make a good planning of the pastoral work for the two parishes and to visit native communities of lower Urubamba. When we tried to carry out what we had planned and make our first trips, confinementRead More...

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INSPIRING DECALOGUE FOR THE NEW CONSECRATED COMMUNITY FROM FRATELLI TUTTI

Compromise with the plurality Or what is the same, with the novelty of the Spirit. This is the moment in which consecrated life should be educated in one of its clearer vitality principles to overcome inertia that is always present. It is still perceived the belief that determined cultures answer to the charismas, while others are incapable of doing it. Religious families’ decentralization -which is evident from the quantitative pointRead More...

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MY TEACHING EXPERIENCE

The wonderful experience I lived as teacher in Santa Rosa school in Puno, south of Peru at 3,824 meters above sea level is a milestone in my professional, missionary and personal life. Paraphrasing Mother Ascension Nicol “I have never felt so close to God as in those sixteen months in the mountain.” From that place I embraced the educational project “To educate from life for life” as a consolidation ofRead More...

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THE CHALLENGE OF BEING A GOOD TEACHER IN PANDEMIC TIMES!

The great professor Luis Jaime Cisneros said: “…few people talk about learning quality and the learning quality depends on the teaching quality and the teaching quality depends on the work with teachers.”   What Luis Jaime Cisneros states is undoubtedly a great truth, but for achieving it there are many factors that intervene, which must be combined correctly to mark our students and for us to be unforgettable teachers. ItRead More...

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FROM CUSCO COMMUNITY MARIA ANTONIENTA SHARES WITH US:

Dear sisters, every time that we share our experiences by sitting around a table, in our house, in a hall, in a road or walking on the street, we weave friendship and we grow in listening attitudes.   In this pandemic time shared by the whole world, we miss all the spaces for free that means of communication used to provide us. I do not know if these spaces haveRead More...

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A REWARDING WEEK OF LEARNING ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS

From 7th – 11th September, all the novices from 1st and 2nd year participated in a formation about human rights for a week. This formation was delivered by by Mosaiko, an institute for citenzenship. Mosaiko is an institution that belongs to the Dominican friars that facilitates seminaries about Human Rights to diverse social groups as well as schools. Its objective is to raise awareness among citizens about their rights. TheRead More...

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QUILENGUES MISSION: STILL OPERATES EVEN WHEN COVID19’S RESTRICTIONS ARE LIFTEED

For us, the Dominican Missionary Sisters of the Rosary, the year 2020 in Quilengues mission started just like any other year. We had a planning already done and we were with good spirit, hoping of course that God’s mercy and the Holy Spirit’s presence were with us all year long, so then all of our good purposes related to the mission would become true. Surprised by the restrictions imposed byRead More...

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DO GOOD WITHOUT LOOKING AT WHOM

Would it be coincidence or God’s Providence! It was in July that a group of young people composed by explorers and committed acolytes with God and the church, who belong to different parishes of Luanda, Angola’s capital city, that call to our door sent by Fray Jacob OP to share their spirituality, dream and wish to help people in need during this phase of the pandemic. Their motto is “doRead More...

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PROJECT OF FOOD AND FORMATION OF WOMEN -Women on their way

This is a Project that is part of the Caritas Archdiocesan of Malange. It started in the time of the armed conflict that devastated Angola during years and keeps working until these days after the conflict finished due to its relevancy in peasant women, who are the reason for its existence.   At the beginning of 1996 and as an answer to the necessities that displaced families by the civilRead More...

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LORD, YOU SEDUCE ME AND I ALLOW MYSELF TO BE SEDUCED

Before I share with you the form in which Jesus seduced me, I would like to greet all the sisters and I ask our founders’ spirits to accompany us, especially in this time of COVID-19.   I am Fatima Yambi, I was born in Huila province in Quilengues. I am 20 years old and I am a candidate of the Sao Martinho de Porres community in Viana.   I amRead More...

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EUCHARIST: LOVE SCHOOL

“God saw that the best way to help man was getting into our heart, getting into our nature, being one of us and walking with us, that is how God marked humanity” (Fray Joao Domingos OP)   God did not find another way to perceive and to get closer to us, thus to get into our reality and to become one of us and walk with us, giving us supportRead More...

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The real gift, gratitude…

According to William Arthur Ward: “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” I was struck this line because since when I was a child my parents taught me to say thank you when I received gifts or any other presents given by family and neighbor be it small or big thing, we need to say thank you.   TheRead More...

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COVID-19: A blessing for nature

At The beginning of the pandemic of COVID-19, the whole world immerse itself in an enormous “fear”; sadness was visible on every face, mouths did not express anything but dismay. Means of communication transmitted terrible messages all day long: thousands of people were dying every day and hundreds of thousands got infected. The future seemed the worst. Finally, we were getting closer to the end of the world. Scientists, inRead More...

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A BOUNTIFUL HARVEST OF MEMORIES

A new journey which begun many years ago, has found its purpose on September 08, 2020: “first religious profession of eight of us, Novices”. This is the answer to what our hearts had been searching, have longed for many years, the treasure of our “calling”. It was on August 6, 2019 marked as our initiation into Canonical year, a year in which we have a lot to learn: to accept,Read More...

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LIFE AND MISSION DURING LOCKDOWN: COMMUNITY ASCENSION NICOL IN LUANDA

Coronavirus COVID-19’s pandemic challenges the whole world. It has stopped most work activities and many people are unemployed, complicating even more human being’s life, preventing coexistence among people, obliging us to keep social distance and forcing us to stay at home. What is curious is that un Luanda we are all living a stage where masks have become everybody’s ID, without differentiating of social class, sex or age. It soundsRead More...

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DELIVERY TO THE MISSION

Monsignor Ramon Zubieta community was founded on November 19th, 1996 in the south of Angola -Lubango. It is formed by two sisters who have perpetual vows, a sister of temporary vows, five candidates and four postulants, who are making their vocational judgment. The sisters have the position of coordinator, administrator, secretary, companion of candidates and postulants and promoter of vocational pastoral. They live a fraternal life in a responsible way,Read More...

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VOCATIONAL WALK IN TIMES OF COVID-19 IN SAO MARTINHO-VIANA COMMUNITY

We want to greet to all the sisters of our congregation as well as all the candidates to be part of the Dominican Missionary Sisters of the Rosary. We want to share with you our vocational walk as internal candidates of Sao Martinho-Viana community in Portugal and what our daily life has been in times of a “social lockdown” since last March. As you know, all academic and pastoral activitiesRead More...

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VOLUNTEERING IN EAST TIMOR

“Go! Make others happy! You will know what joy is.” Since the beginning of my studies, I had the desire to “swap my sofa for walking boots” as Pope Francis invites us, to go and serve others. I was sent to East Timor by Dom&Go, the Dominican volunteering organization. I shared the mission of the Dominican Missionary Sisters of the Rosary in Oecusse for six months. I taught English toRead More...

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A CALL TO BRING LIFE

“Therefore, if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ…. make my joy complete by being like- minded, having the same love, be in one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value other above yourselves, not looking to your interest but each of you to the interests of the others. (Philippians 2:1-4) Every Christian is called toRead More...

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TAKE THE PRESENT SERIOUSLY

I thank God for His endless graces which guide me until today. I am happy that I am in the “Canonical Year” of my novitiate, in which one important lesson I am learning is to “take the present seriously.” I am very happy that everything has been planned and organized well in the community. We have proper schedule during the day which guides me, practically like “what to do andRead More...

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GO DEEP WITHIN AND CONNECT

It is easy to connect beads with wire, when one is making a chain for Rosary, but it is hard to connect oneself with what is within. Now a days, people are intelligent, very smart in recreating new things. They find easier to connect one thing with the other so to make them one. We often have experienced it from computers, such that when there is no internet connection, doRead More...

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SCHOOL NEW ENVIRONMENT

When we celebrated calendar year 2020 on its first day of the year, positive energy fills our hearts for it is double 20, “a perfect sight”, an optometrist approves. It is indeed a positive nudge for a prosperous year, believing also that this, too, for a better perspective to live by.  One school year counting starts by June to March, ten months complying the Education Department requirement of 195 toRead More...

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WITNESSING GOD’S NEARNESS IN “THESE DAYS OF ISOLATION”

As the world and its habitants are so busy in coping with the challenges of this pandemic, it is still vivid in my mind of our community’s article shared in “United in Hope” on how we in the community have experienced God’s abiding presence during these days. It has been our daily prayers that our “rice granary” will not run out of stock, our “treasury  bag” (purse to pay weeklyRead More...

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LEARNING FROM “MY NEIGHBORS”

Who is my neighbor? The gospel of Mark 12:31 emphasizes the two New Commandments of Jesus: love God and love your neighbors as yourself. As a community of believers, we are bound to love our neighbors, learn from, care, and respect them.   I consider the Novitiate as the first community life I have experienced.  I am grateful to God and to my sisters in this community, for they haveRead More...

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LEARNING TO WAIT, HOPING IS COPING

“BOUND FOR MANILA? Oh! so SCARY…” Yes, the usual reply of people, the “new normal response” to those who travel to the capital city of the Philippines, due to the continuous spread of COVID 19. Here, we have had the longest Lockdown and just recently, Manila has returned to another 15 days Lockdown with a much-tightened quarantine regulation. We now topped with the highest number of new cases among ourRead More...

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WHY AND WHAT FOR WE IDENTIFY OURSELVES AS “WE ARE”?

Days ago, we went down familiar and unfamiliar routes. We always have with us an “answer” concept wherever we go. However, reality can change due to the attitude and wish of inhabitants of a particular place, even more when dealing with a people’s belief. It is true that answers may vary in every situation, but we are always the same in terms of human nature and sometimes in terms ofRead More...

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MORE THAN THE CUP OF THE KING

What do we wait? Why do we always have to wait? In love poems, lovers always promise each other they’ll wait “even eternally.” We know that in everyday life most people from this society don’t wait unless it is something or somebody important. However, in dates the most important issue is not to wait, but to be attended. How to wait is an important key in life. This is urgentRead More...

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DEALING WITH A NEW WAY OF LEARNING

(Based on the Experience of Online Classes With Sr. Elizabeth Rani Savarimuthu) Technology has the implications of both good and bad, depending on how we use it. It was then created with its prime reason: helping or serving human needs. However, this purpose has turned into a destructive reality because of our unlimited desires, curiosity and self-satisfaction. Yet, there are some people who recognize the value of technology amidst thisRead More...

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FINDING WAY BACK HOME IN HIS OLD AGE: A STORY OF AN IMPORTANT MAN

“I met an authentic Doctor who brought me back to life, healed my physical and spiritual         brokenness”.   – Agusto Soares   A miracle happened to a man who walked away from God´s light for 84 years! He is an important person to me, he is my grandfather, regarded as “lost” but he is back, to a new life. Sometimes, we lose way in our journeys yet, there is always aRead More...

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OF BLESSINGS AND LIFE SKILLS

Due to our quest to help people find some forms of new skills and new way to “earning and saving” for the family, as Dominican missionaries, are happy to find some sources for this purpose. So, in the month of June 2020, we were fortunate to receive a blessed chance to give a response to young girls to develop some skills. It is a way to prepare them for aRead More...

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A REASON TO GIVE THANKS

“Forever I will sing the Goodness of the Lord!   (Ps. 89)  My vocation is one of the most precious gifts I received from God. In my years of commitment, the year 2020 is a milestone, a fitting time to look back, to celebrate the “now”, to leap forward, to foreshadow… The first day l stepped on the grounds of Missionary Dominican Sisters of the Rosary in Baliwasan, Zamboanga City, lRead More...

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“ILLUMINATED DARKNESS”

The chant prayed today invites us to reflect about Revelation 12,11 “They did not love their lives to the death…” This phrase invites us to turn back and to look back to our own story, our own identity, sensibility and the events that have meaning and the strength that emanates from faith, from a pure, sincere, brave and true love.   Today marks polish Maximiliano Kolbe’s celebration -a missionary inRead More...

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TO BE GRATEFUL MEANS TO FIND BLESSINGS IN EVERYTHING

First and foremost, I thank God for giving me this opportunity to share my experience of staying in San Luis Beltran Province in Philippines. My love for my missionary vocation, my Congregation, our Founders, and Charism has been my motivating factor to leave the shores of India and step into the unknown.  I left India on 21st of July 2018 with mixed feelings of trust in the Lord, joy, uncertainty,Read More...

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SLOW DOWN, DO NOT GO FAST

“Why are we always in a hurry?”  Let us look at why the world is rushing, why people are always in a hurry. Industries are engaged in fast machine and are lessening manpower. Bishop Socrates Villegas in this week´s Mass gave three points to reflect on why we are always in a hurry:   First, there are too many sufferings: sickness, hunger, poverty. But it is observed that some areRead More...

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LOCKDOWN AND A GIFT: THE SCHOOL OF ATTENTION TO THE SISTERS

I’m sure that more than ever we have seen, listened to and taken care of each other…we have won all that lost time from the past, it is so good! God is good! If attending others have been intense in the pandemic, it has been even more to our elder sisters and/or sick sisters. When I refer to elder sisters, I must precise that I am in Africa, where lifeRead More...

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EAST TIMOR: THEN AND NOW

What does it mean for me to be a missionary in East Timor then and now? Being a missionary to East Timor was a dream for me then, to help the suffering Timorese during the Indonesian time. A dream which was realized. The time I arrived in East Timor was a time when the young people especially males were being persecuted by the Indonesian military, a difficult time for themRead More...

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KEEPING HOPE ALIVE

When COVID-19 entered the world, it has amassed put everyone’s life in danger. There are thousands and thousands of cases that World Health Organization reported daily. What is even more fearful that even on this eighth month there is no medicine nor vaccine assured, or that is confirmed as a discovered cure. There are only precautionary measures and protocols to follow in keeping us safe.  I am anxious especially withRead More...

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“You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you.” (Jeremiah 1:7

The missionary sending emanates from a faith act and trust in God and conducts the human desire of supporting others in “something.” This “something” takes us to the coasts and mountains in an adventure and an unexpected experience that will remain in the heart forever.   As missionaries, we are ready to listen to and to look with our eyes wide open our surroundings. We are available for going andRead More...

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FINDING THE KEYS TO THE HEART

“When the Lord closes a door, He opens windows.” There are many things that the “lockdown and quarantine times” crafted and reinvented our lives with. It was a long stay then, for the three of us from the South, meant only for a quick and important reason in going to Manila. Yet, we were caught up with quarantine lockdown and made us stay more days, into weeks, months and eventuallyRead More...

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MAKING MOST OF THE EXPERIENCE…A THANKSGIVING

The year ending 2019 was a year of thanksgiving to God. Lots of blessings had been received from Him in various ways, such as: success in our work, difficulties overcome trust in Him is graced in times least expected. We are confident that God is journeying with us, challenges to live a life with full vigor and enthusiasm in our mission, to share love and life especially for those who haveRead More...

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Poem

And you were gone No byes, no farewells, no lingering looks Before even we realized you were gone You as if seemed to be in haste. Your warm smile Your encouraging words Your impatience, your eagerness Sorely now we miss as days pass. To God we prayed to take away your suffering He answered rather and took you away from all sufferings. God, we believe, whatever He does, does bestRead More...

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LOCKED DOWN OF THE MARKETS & VARIOUS FACILITIES; BUT NOT OF HUMAN LIFE AND THEIR BASIC NEEDS (a personal reflection).

INTUTION FOR PREPAREDNESS: Hearing about a new Virus “Corona” from January 2020 tried to learn something about it .  When 19th March a “Janata Curfew” was announced by the Prime Minister on behalf of the same, somehow I felt it is something to take seriously and I was inspired to give information to the Children and staff in our Centre.  During the class on the 18th of March collected allRead More...

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WhatsApp: Boon or bane?

Introduction Texts, Internet, social networks are “gift of God” if used wisely – Pope Francis “Emails, text messages, social networks and chats can also be fully human forms of communication. Social networks can facilitate relationships and promote the good of society, but they can also lead to further polarization and division between individuals and groups.” said the Pope Francis in his message on the World Day of Communications in 2016.Read More...

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Behind the Mask

Behind the mask is a patient in fear, unsure what will happen after being brought here.Behind the mask is someone special who, was born for this moment to take care of you.Behind the mask is someone’s son or daughter, guiding you through these unchartered waters.Behind the mask, someone comes to you in prayer, full of mission and faith, guiding your care.Behind the mask, someone is leading the way, planning andRead More...

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COVID 19 PANDEMIC AND OUR MISSION

The intention of the Holy Father Pope Francis for the month of March was to pray that the Church in China may persevere in its faithfulness to the Gospel and grow in unity. This statement is printed in the 2020 calendar at least six months in advance. The Holy Pope might have been inspired or he sensed of the calamity that was going to take place in China. Similar calamitiesRead More...

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You’re living by faith?

It’s amazingHow people can live by faithWithout even realizing itRight now in our homeWe’re living by faithIn what the scientists told usWe’re living by faithIn what the virus is telling peopleLook at how our actionsIs the result of what we believe?If we notice everyone is wearing a mask nowWhen they go to public placesEverybody is washing their handsTill their skin has changed coloursAll because we believe in an invisible thingThatRead More...

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Dominic the Prophet

We as Dominicans are very privileged to belong to the spiritual family of St. Dominic. We are proud of him. The month of August is unique month for us the Dominicans because in this month we celebrate two important feasts.  The feast of St. Dominic and also the feast of Assumption of Mother Mary the great supporter of him.  As we celebrate the feast of St. Dominic let us haveRead More...

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Covid 19

COVID-19 is a battle for our souls, a “spiritual battle for the 21st century”.  It’s a battle and we will win. “Whenever we feel overwhelmed by the chaos and difficulty of life, we can turn to God in prayer for peace and serenity. In this time of uncertainty, fear, seclusion and separation from what we term ‘normal,’ our human solution is to ‘handle it ourselves.’ But that is not what ourRead More...

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Temporary Vows’ Renovation

Listen to what God wants from you: “And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6, 8) To me, having renewed my vows -my option of living a religious life- in times of pandemic is to thank my vocation as well as the vocation of my companions Frania, Eveling and Yaneth, who being from differentRead More...

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DOMINICAN MISSIONARY SISTERS OF THE ROSARY – NICARAGUA Living from Hope

Dear sisters, please receive our more sincere greeting. From Nicaragua we want to share some of the experiences that we have lived in the last months. Some of us will make it by writing and others by a video that will get to you. We are just like everybody else -as presence of the Congregation in this country- living in hope. As we all know, Nicaragua lives since 2018 underRead More...

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Participation in the formation course ‘Preparation for Formation of Companions’ (PAF-Guatemala)

The experience of PAF (curso de Preparación para Acompañantes de la Formación, in English: course ‘Preparation for Formation of Companions’) has been a great gift received at the beginning of this year. I want to praise the wisdom of these words: “To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven…” (Ecclesiastes 3, 1) these words I know them by heart after they were repeated over andRead More...

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CIRCUMSTANCES DO NOT MATTER…WE SAY YES!

We -Angelica Gomez (Mexican) and Onelia Lopez (Guatemalan)- want to share what it means to profess our temporary vows during this pandemic in the Congregation Dominican Missionary Sisters of the Rosary. It has been an event where we have felt welcomed, supported and empowered by God and by all the sisters in the Congregation.   Since our first call in this walk with Jesus along with our brothers and sisters,Read More...

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An experience is shared with us from Peru

This community of elders is called Ascension Nicol and Ramon Zubieta. The nine sisters who form the community greet you. Some with more and others with less limitations due to our age, but we are all conscious. We are spending our quarantine in good conditions and being wonderfully served by two paramedics, one in the day shift and the other in the night shift. In addition, there are other employeesRead More...

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A reflection is shared with us from the Philippines

The Asian continental novitiate in Manila shares with us the following reflection: The Silent MasterIn the day there was a great master, who is silent and extremely brilliant.He started his trip from Wuhan to Italy and now he is everywhere.While he arrives to a country the whole world participates, crying with sadness.He took some lives in silence.Many meetings, churches, schools, hotels and dormitories were shut down immediately.The time has come,Read More...

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DO NOT BE AFRAID BECAUSE I AM WITH YOU

We have been experienced this pandemic, Covid-19, for almost half a year. People lost their loved ones daily here and there. Everywhere there is a solitude moan. We are afraid ourselves of losing one of our loved ones and we are also afraid of dying without our relatives next to us. On the other hand, we are always reminding that these fears will only lead us to a futile anxiety.Read More...

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From the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Do we fight Coronavirus using vaccines or by changing our mentality? One of the articles in the last IDI (598) of May 2020 by Neil Mitchell, OP, caught my attention and it has made me to reflect on how we can defeat this wicked pandemic. We already know the world’s reaction -especially in Africa- in relation to the possibilities of developing vaccines against Covid-19. As Africans, we have lived horribleRead More...

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From Ecuador…

Two former students from the Dominican Missionary Sisters of the Rosary shared: EXPERIENCE LIVED DURING THE PANDEMIC. In the last week of March, the pandemic broke out in Guayaquil, a port city of 2,3 million inhabitants, where almost half of the Covid-19 cases in Ecuador took place. You can see the horror and the tragedy. Fear is felt everywhere, and families wander in the city knocking doors to get aRead More...

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MY EXPERIENCE IN THE CENTRAL AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF SPIRITUALITY SOCIETY OF JESUS

The Central American Institute of Spirituality (CEFAS in Spanish) has been doing this work for the last 25 years. It began by Father Carlos Cabarrus.  CEFAS develops an integral program in three areas: human, psychological and spiritual. It has a very complete team of professional experts who guide personal and group process of the participants. It is very difficult to talk about my experience lived in PAF…I will try toRead More...

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FROM THE ITINERACY OF RIVERS TO THE ITINERACY OF ACTIVITIES RELATED TO OUR EVANGELIZING MISSION

Our itinerant community, composed by four sisters and two Dominican monks, has the responsibility of encouraging the life of the missions Kirigueti and Timpia and their respective communities and just like other communities, we have been affected by the pandemic. As every year before we start with our missionary work, we got ready to plan. We like that our planning states day, month, hour, activities and person in charge. EverythingRead More...

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Dear Sisters

I would love to share with you the experience I have had in Spain collaborating with the congregational juniorate project. In the first place, I am thankful to the General Council for trusting me and give me the opportunity of sharing these days with the novice. From some time ago, I feel a special and urgent call: answering with the minister of healing, combining Spirituality and psychology; heal wounds andRead More...

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INTUITIONS

I was thinking to write about my experience lived during my first formation (juniorate, postulancy, novitiate and new generations) that the Ecuadorian religious conference offers (CER in Spanish) to the consecrated life, but my intuition took me somewhere else.   “Right there, that small woman, that is me. In the silence intimacy, where stillness embraces me, I recreated myself. The absence of noise was my nest. I spin across myself,Read More...

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HOLIDAYS IN QUARENTINE

I am on Holidays in my giant Democratic Republic of the Congo, where -as in any other country- it was ordered, on March 10th, a national emergency state, immovability and closed borders. All the activities are still suspended, and people continue their social lockdown. I think that -for a reason that only God knows- few days after I left Ecuador, the first Covid-19 was reported in Ecuador. If this wouldRead More...

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Unforgettable holidays

I am Hilda, I work in Quito for the last 7 years and I came to Peru during the first days of March to spend my holidays and to do some paperwork, something that I was able to do just before the government declared national immobility due to Covid-19. I am in Chiclayo in my sister’s house. From here I extend my fraternal and solidary greeting to all and eachRead More...

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“Only a woman, only she can reach another woman’s heart…”

I have always been moved by the expression of our founding Father: “Only a woman, only she can reach another woman’s heart…” My Dear Sisters: I want to share with you how this expression of our founding Father is heard by myself since I was in my internship and how it has marked my pastoral life with women in different countries… Sisters, without taking out the first sense of theseRead More...

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“We are all in the same storm, but not in the same boat”

Dear sisters, I was asked to write my experience while living in Ecuador and that is what I am going to do. On March 11th, 2020, I arrived to Quito, Ecuador’s capital, from Chile, following my missionary dream that was born when I was a novice in Lima in the years 1990 and 1991. In this missionary experience, my assigned community is Quininde, located in Esmeralda province, Ecuador. However, byRead More...

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In the silence of Everything

Hello! I am Sara del Pilar and I was born near of the ocean in Mancora, Peru. I have come to Quito, Ecuador where I have lived 30 beautiful years. The last years, I have been living in Rosario (Argentina) because I was studying, and I came back to Quito at the end of 2019. I was tired of the books and the city. I felt I needed to stopRead More...

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Education within reach of countryside youth

I committed myself to accompany girls and teenagers in the “Proyecto Promocion de la mujer” (Women’s promotion project) of the Missionary Sisters of the Rosary in the boarding school “Santa Rosa” of San Ignacio, Cajamarca, because we value countryside girls’ education since it is very important for their development, especially considering the dangers that they face.   I arrived to the boarding school on March 10th, a week before theRead More...

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Missionary experience in Barañain, Pamplona

The mission has been, is, and will be an unforgettable and a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me. It is a joy and plenitude feeling that it cannot be compared to any other luxury that we have in our everyday life. The mission involves many pleasant experiences despite the challenges that are also part of the missionary life. The missionary experience is expressed as a life novelty in all the dimensions ofRead More...

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SESSION OF THE MIXED INTER-POSTULATE

The session among postulants takes place every third weekend in ITPR-Mvolyé from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. The program includes animation, eucharistic celebration, meals, the works at the crossroads, different household chores, etc. During the year different topics are programmed and among them, we chose to talk about “Self-knowledge.” To know yourself is very complex because you must go deeper to know our being. We cannot just base on theRead More...

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THE FLOWER OF CONTAINMENT IN THE COMMUNITY

Nuestra Senora del Rosario de Yaunde community is composed by twelve members. From March 18th we have been taken the actions suggested by the World Health Organization (WHO), the government, Cameroonians and the Catholic Church to fight against corona virus (COVID-19). We have been taking these suggestions and we decided to make the following commitment: Each of us has a bucket of water and soap outside our houses to washRead More...

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Don’t be afraid!

Don’t be afraid! These words were pronounced by beatus John Paul II on the day of the inauguration of his pontificate, October 22nd, 1978 and are still relevant today. I allow myself dear sisters to dedicate these words to ourselves in the difficult times we are facing. Don’t be afraid because Christ has defeated death. He’s alive, it is Easter!           We have been called to accept life as it is,Read More...

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GET UP AND SERVE WITH LOVE

By using this title my dear sisters, we want to share with you the different tasks we have in our community (Nuestra Senora del Rosario) and the joy and love that characterizes each of us when serving others. These tasks are cooking and liturgy. Each of the tasks is developed from Sunday to Saturday by us in groups of two members each (one sister and a postulant or two postulants).Read More...

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INCREDIBLE BUT TRUE EASTER IN SIMBOK

Within 24 hours, 3 couples became parents of 6 wonderful babies in our hospital ‘Notre Dame Du Rosaire De Simbok’ on April 15th. Many times, we focus on what is wrong: water and light problems, personnel arriving late, carelessness, patients’ ingratitude, exhaustion, failure, etc. It is not easy to deal with people or to manage goods. We forget to have a positive perspective about things and to be thankful toRead More...

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THE SPORT: A PASTORAL AND MISSIONARY EXPERIENCE

Motivated by our Congregation’s constitution (number 44, page 37), which invites to incarnation, I included myself among teenagers to evangelize. In our action plan, we have many activities in the program, including practicing sport on Saturday morning, though unfortunately coronavirus has prevented us from practicing. The main objectives for incarnation and joining teenagers’ group are: Being close to teenagers to help them to evolve -especially those who are isolated- towardsRead More...

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Easter from Macau

We have a remarkable Easter for the Global church. With so many countries on lock down, unable to attend mass or come together in this Easter. But we were lucky the religious group here in our place with the permission of the Bishop we can celebrate Mass in the convent without outsiders of course only the priest. We need to open our eyes and our hearts in order to recognizeRead More...

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He is Risen, Alleluia!

Easter is a time of rejoicing of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ that, He died and rose again in order to bring new life to the humanity.  We are also inspired by the words of Pope Francis during Easter time. “The grace of God washed us of our sin and we took on Christ; Every time Catholics receive the Eucharist, They are united with the Servant Christ in obedience toRead More...

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Love as saying to the poor that “you are not alone”

The right to christian funeral is not a due  for many reasons ranging from the situation of communion of the deceased with the Church, that of the family  and sometimes, unfortunately, for economic reasons because it is necessary to pay some fees for the mass. Well, for Brice, a poor young sick man who died at Batcham Fiela in December 2019, things were easier. The priest announced one day atRead More...

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Welcome to the web portal of the Dominican Missionary Sisters of the Rosary

Full of joy we invite you to visit our new web portal, let’s share the good news with our contacts and invite them to be part of this great family! For us this is an opportunity, an open window for continuing our mission to those who surf the net. The beautiful and diversified presences we have in the world are worth communicating them. Every action, even the smallest one isRead More...

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Leadership and context

Christ encouraged us with an example of limitless sacrifice. This testimony may seem to be resignified in our current context. Our leaderships require to pay attention to basic needs such as listening, welcoming, service and merciful gaze. It is vital to irradiate a humanizing leadership in the middle of these social, values and health crisis. The evangelizing exercise of attending with dedication and disposition to our children underlines not onlyRead More...

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Prayer in times of coronavirus

Father and Mother of all creation God of mercy and compassion Today your daughters and sons, who you have tattooed on the palm your hands, Cry out to you, from our fragility From this deep via crucis we are suffering as humanity   Give strength and protection to all health care workers who expose their lives to save the lives of others. Give intelligence and wisdom to all the scientistsRead More...

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One thing, everything there is in the now of time

Everyone desires to live a life at its best. How we define “best” has something to do with what we have in our hearts and to seek every possibility to fulfill it. Just as what we desire and how we seek to fulfill them is marked both by our uniqueness and character.  In this land of the living that we all share, we dare to care and to get connectedRead More...

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Moments of joy in the community

Our communities must be joy communities This is a day for renewing the vows of one of our young professed in Notre Dame du Rosaire community in Yaundé, Cameroon. We believe in religious life, we believe that our convents are places of prayers and pity only, of sacrifices for resembling Christ’s suffering, places where we should resolve conflicts and our differences, which usually put us under tension, places where weRead More...

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First vows’ celabration in Batcham, Cameroon

We lived an awesome experience during Sister Edith Verdiane Djuidje’s first vow profession. It was very moving and touching as it was the first time that temporary vows took place in Cameroon, especially in Batcham, a land known for being very attached to its traditions and not much to the Christian culture. What excited me most is that the ceremony was all organized by the Batcham community, the community inRead More...

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