Catholic Campus Ministry Davao held 7th Interschool gathering

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs its annual activity for every new school year, Catholic Campus Ministry of Davao held its Interschool gathering and fellowship on 31 July 2013 at San Pedro Cathedral. Participated by almost 10 non-sectarian schools in the Archdiocese of Davao, the gathering was started by a Eucharistic Celebration presided by Arch. Romulo Valles, DD, concelebrated by priests, attended by seminarians and religious sisters, and about 300 students, teachers and administrators coming from different schools. After the mass, a simple merienda was prepared followed by a fellowship program of the school administrators, CCMD partners and collaborators.

The aim of the gathering is to foster and strengthen collaboration among CCMD and the non-sectarians schools administrators and staff. Bishop Valles and Fr. Pat Devlin, SM, Marist Fathers district superior stayed the whole duration of the program and participated in its activities. All the CCMD collaborators and partners had indeed a great time together. Part of the fellowship also is to acknowledge participating schools as well as to help CCMD improve its programs for this year and years to come through envisioning.

CCMD began way back in 1980 by a Maryknoll priest and since then has continued to serve the spiritual needs of the Non-Sectarian schools in Davao. Currently, CCMD serves about 20 schools.

The Marist Fathers took this ministry last 1 June 2013. We are grateful for the opportunity to work for the young people of Davao in these non-sectarian schools in Davao. We are thankful to0 for the Diocese of Davao for the trust and support.




Fourviere Pledge: 197 Years of Renewed Commitment to the Work of Mary!

The words of the Fourviere Pledge with the signatures of the members of Ranong Community.

Last July 23, 1816, 12 young men (probably of my age) climbed the hill of Fourviere to make a promise to our Lady, to found a religious order dedicated to the sweet name of Mary. This vow was sealed by their strong energy and passion to renew the suffering church of France after the French Revolution. This tradition is one of the familiar treasures of the humble beginnings of the Society of Mary.

197 years had passed and the renewal of the loving face of Church is still on its way. As Marists, we start to reflect on how can we in flesh that same vision that the early confreres had when they made this promise.

Today, in the presence of our Marist Volunteers and Lay Missionaries, the Ranong Community did the reenactment of this promise. After reading the Word of the Pledge, we affixed our own signatures and promised to commit ourselves once again to our Mission here in Ranong.  The same celebration took place in Davao, Philippines. Fr. Pat Devlin, sm and the Bangkal Formation community re-enacted the promise and signing of the pledge.

This affixing of signatures is not just an act of a reenactment of what happened 197 years ago. As Marists, it is our own way of

Nino affixing his signature of promise.
Nino affixing his signature of promise.

participating to the greater work of God in Marys’ way. It is a way of sharing the love of Jesus to the marginalized migrants in Ranong; to the street children, prisoners and non-sectarian schools of Davao city; and to the people of Matti, Digos City.

Finally, it is a continual YES to the Work of Mary here in our District, and to the Mission of the Society of Mary as a whole..

Happy 197th Anniversary of Fourviere Promise to all the Marists around the world! May this celebration be always a sign of our continued and renewed love to the Project of Mary as Marists.



Marist seminarians from Rome in Davao City

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPaul Molbwet,sm (Vanuatu) and Fernando Torres,sm (Mexico) arrived safely in Davao on 1 July. They are here to do a 3 months summer-immersion; to learn by experience some of the real life situation of Marist Mission in Asia. It is a time for them to think creatively about mission and expand their missionary imagination. The hope of this immersion is that they will develop their skills to live in a cross-cultural situation in working with the poor and abandoned. Both will be working in the different ministries around Davao.

On Sunday, 7th July, they were formally welcomed to the District of the Philippines in a simple liturgy and dinner at Bangkal Formation House. Welcoming them were the members of the International Novitiate community, some Marist sisters, the lay Marists and the Bangkal community where they will be based. A simple entertainment followed after dinner.

Both Fernando and Paul are studying Theology at the Gregorian University, Rome. Warm welcome to Asia!