Cardinal Jose Advincula, Archbishop of Manila, promises to tend the least, lost and the last as he shepherds the Archdiocese with focus on those in the peripheries as the Church envisions it to be in the modern world.
“As your new shepherd in the Archdiocese of Manila, allow me to listen to you, to walk with you, to love you especially those in the periphery, the poor, the young people, the oppressed and marginalized,” the cardinal said during his mass with the Dominicans.
The Cardinal celebrated Mass last August 6, 2021, at the Manila Cathedral to commemorate the 800th Death Anniversary of St. Dominic de Guzman with few priests of the Dominican Community of San Juan de Letran.
Cardinal Advincula, who is an alumnus of the University of Sto. Tomas Central Seminary run by the Dominican fathers, pointed to the example fostered by Saint Dominic de Guzman of his being decisive and a charismatic leader in his quest to live and follow the truth.
“I pray that as a member of the Dominican family, I too may learn from St. Dominic’s synodal process of preaching not to glorify the self but to share the light of truth to others,” he added.
The Cardinal also acknowledged the notable contributions brought by the Dominicans and one of the key figures was Domingo de Salazar O.P. , a Dominican priest, who initiated the First Synod of Manila in 1582 that addressed the plight of the Filipinos in the hands of the Spanish rule.
“The glory of St. Dominic was first seen in our country not in pomp and ceremony but in mission and synodality in fighting for the rights of the lowly and the oppressed,” he said. (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC | Photo from the Facebook page of Manila Cathedral)