MDCC Altar Servers hold Summer Camp 2014

IMG_0848Sixteen Altar Servers of Matti District Catholic Center (MDCC) is holding their Summer Camp at St. Peter Chanel Formation House in Dumalag, Davao City. The summer camp begins from 22nd and will end on 24th May 2014.

Fr. Lauro Arcede, SM, the Priest Coordinator of MDCC is facilitating the summer camp. During this time, the Altar Servers have an opportunity to pray, to learn about Marist life and mission and examine their knowledge of the things use in the mass. The altar servers will also pay a visit to the boys of the Balay Pasilungan. And since it is summer, they will also have an opportunity to go for a swim in a nearby beach and play fun games.

The Altar Servers met one evening with the Marist Fathers College Seminarians and shared about their life and what they do. When asked why did they become Altar Servers? Many expressed that they wanted to serve God and others. Asked who inspired them to serve the Church? Many replied that it’s their parents while few said it was their friends.” They were so serious in their responses!

We pray for the success of the Altar Servers Summer Camp and who knows, some of them may join the seminary and become Marist Priests in the future.

Welcome MDCC Altar Servers and have a meaningful Summer Camp!!

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Fr. Larry celebrates 25 years of Religious Profession

DSCF6296Fr. Larry Sabud, SM had a post profession anniversary during the District Council meeting. Fr. Larry took vows in January 1, 1989 after completing his Novitiate at Marist Fathers Novitiate in Tutu Island, Fiji.

He was the first Filipino seminarian to be accepted to the Marist Formation in 1985 at Cotabato city. Celebrating with him are his first Formators: Frs. Pat and Rob Devlin,sm.

In the 25 years of Marist life, Fr. Larry has been a formator, a missionary in Peru-Venezuela for 3 years and a District Superior for 2 terms. He was also a missionary in Kalabugao and Diwalwal, a Chaplain in Maa- city jail and a coordinator of Silsilah Dialogue Movement in Davao. At present, he is completeing his Licentiate in Missiology at Divine Word Seminary in Tagaytay.

We thank God for the gift of Marist vocation that Fr. Larry has received. He has been a great model especially to the young Filipinos who want to embrace the Marist way of life. He is truly a gift to the Church and to the Society of Mary. We thank also Fr. Larry’s family who continuesly support him.

Prayers and blessings for Fr. Larry in his Marist life. Ad moltos annus!

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Balay Pasilungan celebrates 25 years of caring for street boys!

IMG_8719In a festive and joyful spirit, Balay Pasilungan celebrates its silver jubillee anniversary on 4th May. Prior to its big day, the center conducted a free clinic to the sick and needy children who live near the center. Generous doctors, nurses and volunteers generously attend to the needs of the children. Free check-ups and medicines were given to those who came for the medical mission.

And on the 4th May, the big day started with a celebration of the Eucharist presided by the founder of Balay Pasilungan Fr. Pat Devlin, SM. His brother Fr. Rob Devlin,SM, the second executive director of Bapas flew all the day from New Zealand to attend the anniverary. Marist priests concelebrated also in the mass attended by many people who are associated with the center.


IMG_8637After the mass, the site of the new Balay Pasilungan Drop-in center was blessed as well as the newly constructed classrooms. These projects are made possible through the generous benefactors from Australia and USA.

A simple program followed where people who have helped and supported the Balay Pasilungan over the years were given recognition. Through their services and generosity, Balay Pasilungan is what it is now: a place of family, welcome and love.

The boys also shared their talents in singing, dancing and acting through a short film which tells their story and hopes in life.

Balay Pasilungan started on May 04, 1989 as a drop in center for the boys in Barrio Sexy at Claveria, Davao City. Today, it’s no longer a drop in center but a home for 3o boys who have been abandoned by parents or ran away from home and roamed the streets with nowhere to go. The boys go to school and now taken cared of by the staff and volunteers.

IMG_3493We thanked the many people who have given their time and services to the Balay Pasilungan over the last 25 years. We are grateful to the Marist Sisters, Marianist Fathers and Brothers, the Board of Trustees, the Marist Family, benefactors, sponsors, volunteers, friends and staff. We also thank the more than 1400 boys who were served and made Balay Pasilungan their home and family. We thank the 30 boys who are currently living in the center. Their stories, dreams and hopes compel us to be more generous, more loving and caring to the less priveledge of the society. And lastly, we thank God for his unending love and graces bestowed to the Balay Pasilungan for 25 years. We believe that Balay Pasilungan will endure because it is truly blessed and it is the work of God and of Mary. We ask your prayers and support!

Remember: “ We only live once, but when do it right, once is enough”.

Blessings and congratulations to the Balay Pasilungan for this milestone! Cheers!

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Bishop Jimmy Afable, DD in Casa di Maria

10334389_10152419558984063_4312702726733289271_nDuring the feast day of St. Peter Chanel on 28th April, Bishop Guillermo Afable, DD, the Bishop of Digos, celebrated mass with other Marist priests at Casa di Maria in Rome. He was welcomed by Fr. John Larsen, SM, the superior of the community who is also a good friend of the Bishop.

Bishop Afable has had a long link with the Marists because of his missionary experience in the Pacific where he worked in the Diocese with other Marists as a priest then. This connection eventually lead to the invitation for Marists to work in his Diocese in 2004. At this time, there are 3 Marist priests living and working towards establishing a Parish in Matti.

We are delighted that Bishop Jimmy found time to visit our Marist confreres in Rome. We thank him for his prayers and support.

Blessing to you Bishop Jimmy!