Dominican Family Celebrates the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas

With immense joy and dedication, on 28th January, 2020 the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas was celebrated by Dominican Family at Ibn-e-Mariam House of Studies, Lahore. His Grace Archbishop Sebastian Francis Shaw presided over the Holy Mass along with concelebrants, Rev. Fr. Younas Shahzad OP (Prior Vice Provincial of Ibn-e-Mariam Vice Province, Pakistan) and Rev. Fr. Almas Daniel (Rector of St. Francis Xavier Seminary, Lahore). Rev. Fr. Amjad Yousaf (Dean of Studies) and the staff members of the Seminary, Rev. George Pittalis from Italy (Missionary in Central America Guatemala) and other Dominican friars and Sisters participated in the ceremony. In his sermon Archbishop Sebastian said that we are all familiar about the intellectual characteristics of St. Thomas, today we will reflect that how St. Thomas as a young boy recognized his vocation. From the childhood, St. Thomas’ ways were clear and distinct. His parents wanted to see him the abbot of Benedictine Abbey but he chose mendicant preachers (Order of Preachers). Once he recognized his vocation then he eliminated all his worldly desires even he was offered to become a bishop but he did not wish for. He spent his life in meditation and offered the fruit of his meditation to the world to know the truth. After the Holy Mass a variety program took place at Peace Centre. The youth of St. Martin de Pores group from Asif Town welcomed all the guests. Sr. Adeela OP shared a brief story of The Dumb Ox of Roccasecca, Italy. Expressing his views Rev. Fr. Younas Shahzad said that today the whole world especially the Catholic Church acknowledges St. Thomas Aquinas as a prolific writer who not only defended the Church from the heresies through his teaching, he also gave the world new dimensions to reach to the reality through faith and reason. He was from a great theologian and Philosopher who showed the Catholic faith in harmony with philosophy and all other branches of knowledge. He faithfully accomplished what he chose. Today it is a challenge for the Dominicans in Pakistan to come up with their legacy regarding intellectual life. At the end Rev. Fr. Patrick Peter OP extended his heartfelt gratitude to His Grace Archbishop Sebastian Francis Shaw, all the priests, sisters performers, all the guests and brothers for their blessed presence and contribution for making this auspicious event memorable. The program was concluded with festive dinner.