Bro. Nino Memorial renews vows

IMG_8914Bro. Nino Memorial, sm has renewed his 3 vows of Chastity, Poverty and Obedience on the Feast of the Annunciation on March 25, 2014 at the Marist Ranong Community. The celebration was attended by some of his and the volunteers and staff of Marist Mission Ranong.

Nino expressed his gratefulness for the gift of Marist Vocation:

“Mother Mary I am Yours”. I am ever grateful to God for the grace-filled Marist Vocation. I am in deep gratitude also to my Marist community here in Ranong and to all of my confreres for the prayers and support you’ve shown to me. Lastly, a million thanks to all my students and friends here in Ranong who have been part of my beautiful journey here in the border for the last 2 years. Thanks for your great confirmation of Marist Vocation.  


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Bro. Roque,sm renews his vows

DSCF5048On 23rd March 2014, Bro. Roque Rebito, sm renewed his vows during a Sunday mass held in Our Lady of Fatima Chapel, Matti Davao Del Sur. Fr. Pat Devlin, SM, Superior  of the District of Asia received his vows and witnessed by Marist priests and lay faithful of Matti District.  A simple breakfast was prepared after the mass.

After the celebration, Bro. Roque reflects on his renewal of vows:

“I am personally humbled every time I renew my vows to the Society of Mary and to the Church. This year is quite different knowing because I lost my father who is the first person who molded me to be a good Christian and who showed me that there is a greater happiness in serving others. But I know he is up there watching over and rejoicing on this special day. I am also grateful to those lives whom I encountered and to those who have given me the chance to share my faith and learn with their faith.”

Bro. Roque is about to complete his 2 year Marist Mission Experience. He will then go back to theological studies in June to continue his formation to Marist priesthood.

Prayers and blessings to you Bro.Roque!!


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Fr. Damian, sm returns to District of Asia

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANew Zealand Marist Fr. Damian Dempsey, sm arrived in Davao on 17th March 2014. Fr. Damian became an official member of the District of Asia way back in February this year. Prior to his coming to the Philippines this time, he visited the mission in Ranong for a few weeks.

Fr. Damian first came to the Philippines in 1997 as a seminarian doing his Marist Mission Experience (MME). After his ordination, he worked for sometime in New Zealand and volunteered to go to mission to the Philippines in 2007. He was assigned then to go to Ranong in 2008 where he lived and worked in the mission.

At this time, Fr. Damian will be living in the formation community in Dumalag, helping out in formation as well as in the Campus Ministry with Fr. Chris Thadeos Ganzon,sm.

A simple welcome was given to him by some members of the District and formators of the International English Speaking Novitiate.

Fr. Damian’s arrival coincides with the feast of St. Patrick, a great missionary of the Church as well as the patron of Ireland. This great saint reminds of our call to be missionaries of the Gospel to all nations, sharing Jesus with love and joy.

 Welcome back Fr. Damian to the District of Asia. We wish you a joyful, blessed and fruitful Marist life in Asia!