The Marist Fathers’ communities in Davao city held a Sending Off Party for Fr. Long Mechavez and Fr. Arnold Garferio at Colin District House, Bajada, Davao City on September 23, 2o14.
Fr. Long is leaving for Australia on September 24, 2014 to attend the Marist Renewal course in Sydney, while Fr. Arnold is set to join the Marist mission team in Ranong, Thailand.
The said gathering was graced by the presence of their confreres, Marist students and lay staff. It began with a simple inculturated prayer. A ritual of washing their hands with flowers’ petals highlighted the prayer service to express each one’s support and blessing for Fr. Long and Fr. Arnold, as they set off to their respective destination.
The celebration was followed by the fellowship meal and the inspirational song number offered by our Marist students to Fr Long and Fr Arnold.
Bon Voyage Fr. Long and Fr. Arnold. All the best on your endeavors. Rest assured of our prayers.