Marist District of Asia held retreat.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOn 11-15 November 2013,we had our retreat at the Rivier Retreat House in Catalunan Grande, Davao City. Seven members of the district attended the retreat given by Fr. Gerry Hall, SM who flew all the way from Australia to be with us. Fr. Gerry invites us to reflect on some themes like Marist vocation, spirituality, mission, and challenges and issues the Church faces at this time. We also reflected on some of the words of Pope Francis.

During the retreat, we had a chance to visit  the grave of Fr. Philip Callaghan, SM and offer prayers for him. Fr. Philip comes from Australia and is a member of the District who lived, worked and died in the Philippines. He was an excellent philosopy, english and theology teacher. We also visited the Balay Pasilungan, the home for street children in Bankerohan, Davao city.

Our retreat ends on the 15th November which is the 138 Death Anniversary of Fr. Jean Claude Colin, our Founder. We celebrated mass and renewed our Vows of Profession. We are truly blessed, humbled and grateful to God and to Mary for calling us graciously to the Marist way of life.

We thank each one of you who has supported us with your prayers during our retreat. It has been a wonderful and grace-filled time for us. We hope and pray that you continue to support us so that the fruits of this retreat will flow towards all people God entrusted to us to serve and love.

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Bro. Aubin Naomauri,SM completes his Pastoral Year!

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Bro. Aubin is being prayed over by his confreres and friends.

On the 7th November, Bro. Aubin departs from the Philippines after completing his Marist Missionary Experience. Bro. Aubin arrived in Davao in December 2011. After doing cultural orientation and language study, he was assigned to Marist community in Matti, Davao del Sur. The Marists are establishing and journeying with the people who are preparing to build their own parish Church here.

He spent all his pastoral year in Matti. He had wonderful experiences in ministry with the altar servers, in facilitating faith sharing for the government’s workers, in teaching at a local school and in being with the senior citizens. In prayer, perseverance and patience, he was able to overcome the challenges and trials of the community and the mission.

Bro. Aubin’s Pastoral year is part of his priestly formation. A Marist seminarian after doing some theological studies is sent to mission to experience living in community, to learn to integrate his studies to the pastoral work, and to know himself as well as develop and use his talents and gifts.

The District is grateful for the Province of Oceania for sending Bro. Aubin to the Philippines. We are also grateful for Aubin for his presence and everything he has contributed to the life and mission of the District. We wish Aubin a safe travel and blessing as he goes back to the Pacific and continue his Marist formation.

Thank you, Bro Aubin and all the best!!

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