Dominicans in the Philippines have new Prior Provincial

Fr. Filemon I. dela Cruz, Jr., OP, new Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines | Photo from Dominican Province of the Philippines Official Facebook Page

Fr. Filemon I. dela Cruz, Jr., OP is the new Prior Provincial of the Philippine Province of the Order of Preacher.

Fr. Dela Cruz was canonically elected during the 12th Provincial Chapter at the Convent of Saint Albert the Great in Caleruega, Philippines on January 17, 2020. His election was confirmed by Fr. Gerardo Francisco Timoner, the master of order on January 18, 2021.

With his acceptance, Fr. Dela Cruz will serve as the Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines for the next four years.

Fr. Dela Cruz was born in Manila on January 19, 1964. He entered the Dominican Pre-Novitiate in June 1980 and was vested with the habit of the Order on May 11, 1983. He made his simple profession on May 11, 1984, and solemn profession on May 11, 1984.

He took his Philosophy degree from the Dominican Center of Institutional Studies (PDCIS) in 1986 and his canonical degree of Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology (SThB) in 1991.

On April 30, 1992, he was ordained to the Priesthood by the then Bishop of Bacolod, Most Rev. Camilo D. Gregorio, DD.

He later earned his Masteral degree in Theology (MA) from the University of Santo Tomas in 2006.

His ministry works include: Master of Students in 1992-1996; Master of Novices in 1996-2000; Promoter of the Dominican Clerical Fraternity in 2012-2014; Provincial Councilor in 2012-2016; Socius of the Prior Provincial in 2014-2016.

Fr. Dela Cruz also served in many ministries in the University of Santo Tomas in 2001-2017. He was the Superior of the Dominican community of the Rumah Santo Tomas in Surabaya, Indonesia, in 2017 to 2020.

Prior to his election as the new Prior Provincial, he was a newly assigned brother to the House of Saint Lorenzo Ruiz and Companion Martyrs in Navotas. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

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