Farewell words to the ICLDF

Dear brothers and sisters of the ICLDF; dear fr. Rui:

As my term as Coordinator of the ICLDF comes to an end, I am overcome with mixed feelings. Glad that my term is finally over, and I can now go back home to be just one more member of my fraternity where, by the way, I have never held any office.

On the other hand, I feel sad that I will not continue to share the responsibilities of office with all of you, whom I have learned to love as true brothers and sisters.

Reflecting on the events that led me to become International Coordinator, I cannot help describing them as accidental. In 2014 I was surprisingly elected President of the Puerto Rican Laity. In 2015 I attended my first COFALC assembly, anxious to know what that was all about. Again, to my surprise I was elected Regional Coordinator. A few months later I attended my first ICLDF meeting in Salamanca, where I met Klaus, Belén, Gabriel, Adenike, and Gary Simms. I had previously met fr. Rui a few months earlier at the COFALC assembly in Lima.

To my surprise, I was elected Coordinator of the ICDLF. At that moment I was not quite sure what was expected of me, since I had barely begun to get a grasp of my new jobs of service to the Laity and the Order at the local and Regional levels. I accepted the challenge with trepidation under the impression that it was just a one-year job. I was fortunate to have the help of an extraordinary team and the guidance of fr. Rui who was always there ready to help and advise.

A year later, in Washington, D.C., I was again surprised to be reelected for an additional period of three years, by dispensation of the Master, looking forward to the International Congress of 2018, which was slated for Fatima in that same meeting. One month later I had the privilege of participating at the General Chapter of the Order in Bologna representing the Laity; an experience I will always treasure.

I could recount many of the satisfying experiences this job has afforded me, but by far the most rewarding of all has been the bonds of brotherly love love I have developed with all of you, and the special place in my heart that you and those that have preceded you have earned, like Joseph Komadina whose wit and very peculiar sense of humor helped us overcome difficult moments, and Felix, who opened my mind to new realities which I had not envisioned. Of course, Belén, whose ability for multitasking made the Congress a reality, and with her grace and wisdom helped us grow. Even though all will always occupy a special place in my heart, Klaus and I developed a special bond akin to blood brothers. His jolliness and loud laughter will linger in my memory forever. Not to mention his diligence and hard work as the “money man”.

Of course, there is fr. Rui, who always maintained us in line with the spirit and traditions of the Order as well as the Rule and other pertinent documents, while treating us as equals, and sharing his wisdom buttressed with brotherly love.

Also, I am grateful that through my service to ICLDF God has given me the opportunity to meet so many wonderful brothers and sisters from all over the world, who have helped me confirm my Dominican vocation.

I could go on for hours, but as all good things, this must come to an end. During my tenure I exercised my duties with love and to the best of my ability, trying to conduct the meetings in an orderly manner, while maintaining the flexibility afforded to brothers and sisters. I hope I have not disappointed you; and if I have, I pray for your indulgence.

The incoming team has many challenges ahead of them. I wish them the best of luck. I am confident that with the help of God and the intercession of our Father St. Dominic and the Blessed Virgin, they will succeed and surpass our work. Please know that my prayers will always accompany you. The same goes for fr. Rui in whatever task St. Dominic, in conspiracy with Our Lord, have in store for him after his term as Promoter is over.

I do not want to end this meeting without conveying to all my deep love and gratitude in the most significant way: a heartfelt dominican hug. Thank you, and God bless you all.

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Dear brothers and sisters of the ICLDF; dear fr. Rui: As my term as Coordinator of the ICLDF comes to an end, I am overcome with mixed feelings. Glad that my term is finally over, and I can now go back home to be just one more member of my...
<!-- wp:tadv/classic-paragraph --> <p>Dear brothers and sisters of the ICLDF; dear fr. Rui:</p> <p>As my term as Coordinator of the ICLDF comes to an end, I am overcome with mixed feelings. Glad that my term is finally over, and I can now go back home to be just one more member of my fraternity where, by the way, I have never held any office.</p> <p>On the other hand, I feel sad that I will not continue to share the responsibilities of office with all of you, whom I have learned to love as true brothers and sisters.</p> <p>Reflecting on the events that led me to become International Coordinator, I cannot help describing them as accidental. In 2014 I was surprisingly elected President of the Puerto Rican Laity. In 2015 I attended my first COFALC assembly, anxious to know what that was all about. Again, to my surprise I was elected Regional Coordinator. A few months later I attended my first ICLDF meeting in Salamanca, where I met Klaus, Belén, Gabriel, Adenike, and Gary Simms. I had previously met fr. Rui a few months earlier at the COFALC assembly in Lima.</p> <p>To my surprise, I was elected Coordinator of the ICDLF. At that moment I was not quite sure what was expected of me, since I had barely begun to get a grasp of my new jobs of service to the Laity and the Order at the local and Regional levels. I accepted the challenge with trepidation under the impression that it was just a one-year job. I was fortunate to have the help of an extraordinary team and the guidance of fr. Rui who was always there ready to help and advise.</p> <p>A year later, in Washington, D.C., I was again surprised to be reelected for an additional period of three years, by dispensation of the Master, looking forward to the International Congress of 2018, which was slated for Fatima in that same meeting. One month later I had the privilege of participating at the General Chapter of the Order in Bologna representing the Laity; an experience I will always treasure.</p> <p>I could recount many of the satisfying experiences this job has afforded me, but by far the most rewarding of all has been the bonds of brotherly love love I have developed with all of you, and the special place in my heart that you and those that have preceded you have earned, like Joseph Komadina whose wit and very peculiar sense of humor helped us overcome difficult moments, and Felix, who opened my mind to new realities which I had not envisioned. Of course, Belén, whose ability for multitasking made the Congress a reality, and with her grace and wisdom helped us grow. Even though all will always occupy a special place in my heart, Klaus and I developed a special bond akin to blood brothers. His jolliness and loud laughter will linger in my memory forever. Not to mention his diligence and hard work as the “money man”.</p> <p>Of course, there is fr. Rui, who always maintained us in line with the spirit and traditions of the Order as well as the Rule and other pertinent documents, while treating us as equals, and sharing his wisdom buttressed with brotherly love.</p> <p>Also, I am grateful that through my service to ICLDF God has given me the opportunity to meet so many wonderful brothers and sisters from all over the world, who have helped me confirm my Dominican vocation.</p> <p>I could go on for hours, but as all good things, this must come to an end. During my tenure I exercised my duties with love and to the best of my ability, trying to conduct the meetings in an orderly manner, while maintaining the flexibility afforded to brothers and sisters. I hope I have not disappointed you; and if I have, I pray for your indulgence.</p> <p>The incoming team has many challenges ahead of them. I wish them the best of luck. I am confident that with the help of God and the intercession of our Father St. Dominic and the Blessed Virgin, they will succeed and surpass our work. Please know that my prayers will always accompany you. The same goes for fr. Rui in whatever task St. Dominic, in conspiracy with Our Lord, have in store for him after his term as Promoter is over.</p> <p>I do not want to end this meeting without conveying to all my deep love and gratitude in the most significant way: a heartfelt dominican hug. Thank you, and God bless you all.</p> <!-- /wp:tadv/classic-paragraph -->

3 thoughts on “Farewell words to the ICLDF”

  1. Thank you Hector for your loving words regarding your terms on the ICLDF. As you are aware I too served with the Master’s permission of an extra Year so that we in the Asia/Pacific Region were able to organise our Election of the next ICLDF Representative at a forthcoming Regional Meeting. I also agree with you that to be elected to serve is such an honour and the 5 on the Council are so fortunate to get to know during our Term of Office, and from the Reports given by each Member every year, a further understanding of the joys and sometimes the not so joyous happenings throughout our vast Dominican World.
    I was fortunate to meet you at the Angelicum in Rome for the 3 full days in Conference with our Master Bruno Cadore, OP and Curia and almost 600 Dominican Family Members who then were blessed to be at the Closing Mass of our 800 year Jubilee held in St. John Lateran in Rome and Celebrated by Our Holy Father, Pope Francis. Oh what a Spiritual Blessing. Once again thank you for the enormous load that you accepted to take on and carry out as part of the ICLDF Council.

    Public CommentUserThank you Hector for your loving words regarding your terms on the ICLDF. As you are aware I too served with the Master's permission of an extra Year so that we in the Asia/Pacific Region were able to organise our Election of the next ICLDF Representative at a forthcoming Regional Meeting. I also agree with you that to be elected to serve is such an honour and the 5 on the Council are so fortunate to get to know during our Term of Office, and from the Reports given by each Member every year, a further understanding of the joys and sometimes the not so joyous happenings throughout our vast Dominican World. I was fortunate to meet you at the Angelicum in Rome for the 3 full days in Conference with our Master Bruno Cadore, OP and Curia and almost 600 Dominican Family Members who then were blessed to be at the Closing Mass of our 800 year Jubilee held in St. John Lateran in Rome and Celebrated by Our Holy Father, Pope Francis. Oh what a Spiritual Blessing. Once again thank you for the enormous load that you accepted to take on and carry out as part of the ICLDF Council.
  2. Congratulations for the achievements and the service offered to ICLDF.

    Public CommentUserCongratulations for the achievements and the service offered to ICLDF.

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