2017 November Foreword

Greetings from North America


17 November 2017


From the Desk of Joan Dinopol
President, North America Chapter
Filii Sancti Dominici Philippinensis, Inc.


Fratres Carissimi,

On behalf of the North America Filii Chapter, I congratulate the editorial staff and advisory body of Epistoliorum for launching the maiden issue of our newsletter.

Epistoliorum was initiated to provide an avenue for Filii members to express solidarity, spontaniety, “and to present original works and literature that are distinctly Filii and therefore Dominican-inspired through electronic, print and social media.”

I, therefore, challenge every Filii member to bridge the gap between us although we may be oceans apart.  Stand up and be counted!  Let us keep the Dominican spirit burning in our hearts.  “ Ang lahing Dominiko ay laging Dominiko.”  Let this be our battle-cry from this day forward.  We are in this together, my dear brothers in St. Dominic.

I wish us all success as we go about our daily challenges.  May God bless us all through the intercession of our beloved Mother Mary and our holy founder St. Dominic.

Thank you.


Fraternally yours,

Fray Joan Dinopol (Houston, Texas)
Filii North America President

Joan "Joe" Dinopol
"Fray Joan" entered the Dominican Order as an aspirant in 1977. He became a novice, received the Dominican habit in 1978, and did simple profession in 1979. After 3 years, he made his solemn vows, and graduated from Studium Generale in 1982 with a degree in A.B. Philosophy. He proceeded to the University of Santo Tomas and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Sacred Theology. He finished two years of Licentiate in Sacred Theology and Higher Religious Studies (Candidate) in 1985. Joan left the Dominican Order in 1987 and moved to New York City to work with the PCGG from 1988 to 1992. He studied Nursing at the New York University (NYU) and earned the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1995. Fray Joan worked as an RN at St. Joseph Medical Center and the Englewood Medical Center in NJ. He moved to Houston, TX in 2006 and is currently employed with the VA Medical Center. He is happily married to Carmelita Aragon.

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