The Philippine Province of the Order of Preachers have elected a new Prior Provincial.
Br. Filemon I. Dela Cruz, Jr., OP was canonically elected on January 17, 2021 by the brothers gathered in the 12th Provincial Chapter hosted by the Convent of Saint Albert the Great in Caleruega in Batangas, Philippines.
The election was confirmed by the Master of the Order on 18 January 2021. With his acceptance, Br. Dela Cruz will serve as the Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines for the next four years.
Br. FILEMON I. DELA CRUZ JR, OP
According to the official Facebook page of the Dominican Province of the Philippines, Br. dela Cruz entered the Dominican Pre-Novitiate in June 1980 and was vested with the habit of the Order on May 11, 1983. He was ordained to the Priesthood on April 30, 1992 by Most Rev. Camilo D. Gregorio, DD, then Bishop of Bacolod.
He studied in Espiritu Santo Parochial School in Santa Cruz, Manila. He earned his bachelor's degree in Philosophy (AB Philo) from the Philippine Dominican Center of Institutional Studies (PDCIS) in 1986, his canonical degree of Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology (SThB) in 1991 and his Masteral degree in Theology (MA) in 2006 from the University of Santo Tomas (UST).
In terms of ministries, br. Deng, as he is fondly called, was 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; he served in many ministries in the University of Santo Tomas in 2001-2017; and Superior of the Dominican community of the Rumah Santo Tomas in Surabaya, Indonesia, in 2017 to 2020. Prior to his election, he was a newly assigned brother to the House of Saint Lorenzo Ruiz and Companion Martyrs in Navotas.
Congratulations to the Order of Preachers on your new Prior Provincial!