Marists commemorate Fourviere Day!

IMG_1975Marist Fathers and seminarians gathered at Chanel Formation House in Davao on 23 July 2014 to celebrate the Pledge of Fourviere.

Fr. Kevin Medilo, SM, the Superior of the Community in Thailand reports that they had a “good and simple celebration” in Ranong.

On 23rd July 1816, twelve seminarians climbed up the Chapel of Our Lady of Fourviere to commit themselves to founding a Society dedicated to the most august name of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Some of these were Fr. Jean Claude Colin (Founder of the Society of Mary), St. Marcellin Champagnat (Founder of the Marist Brothers of the School), Fr. Etienne Declas and Fr. EtienneTerraillon. These four out of twelve persevered for the project.

198 years had passed and this same pledge had been remembered and celebrated by all the Marists of today. It is always a wonderful moment to recite the pledge and affix our own signatures. How blessed and grateful are we for all the Marists who have lived and died for this commitment out of love for the Church and the Gospel. Without their inspiration and commitment, the Society of Mary will never be as it is now.

Happy and blessed celebration of the Pledge of Fourviere! Cheers, confreres!!!!

Fouviere Ranong 1 IMG_1983






IMG_1988 IMG_1997






IMG_1990 IMG_1995






IMG_2014 IMG_2005

















Marist Bridgers and families hold General Assembly

10487520_922930757722639_26784329866903971_nTogether with their families, the Marist Bridgers held their general assembly at Majan Beach Resort, Samal Island on 19-20 July 2014. About 25 former Marist seminarians attended the gathering bringing along their parents, wives and children and relatives. people who are important in their lives.

The gathering started with a liturgy where they prayed for each other and the needs of the group. During the prayer, Fr. Chris Ganzon, SM, the Marist Laity animator of the District of Asia gave an input. He challenged the group to live out the Marist spirit in words, attitudes and actions. The group continued their socialization with the telling of stories during seminary days as well as singing favorite songs in the past over some drinks. It was a happy and fun filled evening.

On the second day, the group started with the celebration of the Eucharist. After the morning meal, the group had a time for personal sharing about their lives, families and works. A business meeting followed where they talked and discussed things that are significant for their life and mission as they grow and move forward with the inspiration of Mary, our Mother towards the future.

A new of officers were also elected by the group:

Coordinator: Kenneth Bretania

Assistant Coordinator: Mark Suico

Secretary: RJ dela Cruz

Treasurer: Arfil Bilbao

Cluster Area Coordinators:  Cotabato: Jomari Camina

Davao: Randy Fuentes

Tagum: Charles Quila

It was wonderful and beautiful to see the Bridgers coming together with their own families. All of them committed themselves to be supporting the District of Asia and to be ‘forever Marists by heart’ to their families, friends and work places. Thus, the vision of Fr. Jean Claude Colin to ‘make the whole world Marist’ is happening through the Marist laity.

Keep up the good spirit, brothers! Well done and blessings to each of you and your families and to the whole Marist Bridge community! Cheers!

10487573_922924011056647_5626590165795050555_n 10568810_922926844389697_5894505973687432683_n





IMG_1915 IMG_1951






IMG_1963 IMG_1968













CCMD held 8th Inter-school gathering and fellowship!

IMG_1896The 8th Inter-school Gathering of the Non-sectarians schools in the Archdiocese of Davao was held last 16th July 2014 at San Pedro Cathedral. It started with a Eucharist presided by Arch. Romulo Valles, DD and concelebrated by priests who help in the CCMD. Almost 10 non-sectarians schools with their administrators and students participated in the celebration. The theme of this year’s inter school gathering is “Choose to be brave: Called to be saints. Sent forth as Heroes.”

Part of the mass was the rite of sending forth for the  4th year seminarians of St. Francis Xavier College Seminary who will be teaching catechism to RMC and Agro schools. The CCMD staff, facilitators, volunteers and coordinators of religious activity were also sent forth. They committed to be good and faithful evangelizers of the Gospel to all.

After the mass, a table fellowship for the Adminstrators, staff, seminarians, volunteers was held with some entertainment. Certificates of Appreciation were also given to the schools who attended this year’s 8th inter school gathering.

We continue to ask for your prayers upon all the non-sectarians schools in Davao and a fruitful year for CCMD. Thank you very much.

IMG_1782 IMG_1792


IMG_1892 - Copy



IMG_1804 - Copy IMG_1837


Irish from CUS in Davao, Philippines!

10383484_1412368375719006_8433752448900382127_nAccompanied by teachers Andrew and Hugh, 14 lads from Catholic School University (CUS) Ireland, arrived last June 28 for a 2 weeks immersion in Davao City. The group was welcomed at the airport by the staff and the boys of Balay Pasilungan.

After a few days of rest, the group will go to different centers to do work and share their skills and talents to people who desperately need love, care and attention.

This program has been going on for the last 9 years or so. It has made a huge impact to the life of the boys who came and experienced life with the poor in the city. The whole CUS community has been moved by the sharing of the boys who participated in this immersion and made others aware of the plight of the poor in other parts of the world.

Our Irish friends were welcome in a simple liturgy at Colin District House in Davao City. A lovely meal and an entertainment ended the evening gathering.

We welcome our Irish friends and may they have a meaningful experience in Davao!

10446558_1412356975720146_718067090387022818_n 10348446_1412356805720163_4753631052316835901_n






10419460_678636148857597_6331809696801582075_n DSCF6529






10489732_678635758857636_5103561516980609000_n DSC_0557