17 November 2017
From the Desk of Eugenio Michael Plana
Filii Sancti Dominici Philippinensis, Inc.
Quezon City, Philippines
Greetings of Brotherhood and Fraternal love to all my fellow brothers of Filii Sancti Dominici!
Many years have passed but the call still rings in our ears. We can still remember when we heard and heeded the call. It was the sweetest music we ever sang and the deepest love we sheltered in our hearts – our vocation. We all rose to meet the challenge, to answer the call, and to live the life that seeks the truth, hoping that with our fledgling faith we will grow in the Dominican sanctuary and He would fill us with His grace through the inspiration of our father St. Dominic, and with the intercession of our Blessed Mother Mary.
Today, though we fall short in pursuing our vocation in the Dominican Order, the spiritual landscape did not change as we unceasingly continue to tread in the path enlightened by the spirit that once has shone on us. Although our paths now have crossed with that of another being sealing our fate in the secular life, the spirit enshrined in us will never waver and for the rest of our lives, we continue to honor Amang Santo Domingo, the Dominican Order of Preachers, and the Dominican Province of the Philippines.
Epistoliorum will become the new medium by which together we grow and nurture our objectives as Filii, and use it to preach our apostolic messages. While removed from the confines of the convent, we are now in a better position to evolve and arm ourselves with the tool to drive our mission with the launch of Epistoliorum.
Brothers, emboldened by the launch of Epistoliorum, let us remain steadfast in our faith to our Lord and Master, Mother Mary Our Lady, and Father St. Dominic. We may no longer be the Dominican seminarians and religious aspirants that we once were when we started our journey, nevertheless, we continue to traverse through our Filii mission with the same Dominican spirituality ingrained in us. Lahing Dominiko, laging Dominiko!
Utterly exuberant, I congratulate everyone in the launching of Epistoliorum! May God bless us all!
Fray Mike Plana
FSDPI Founder-President and Trustee