Year of Consecrated Life Takes Off in the Archdiocese of Davao

10836503_981685298513661_1420627422_nI want to say one word to you and this word is joy. Wherever consecrated people are, there is always joy!”  Pope Francis

Pope Francis asked the whole Catholic Church to observe a year dedicated to the Consecrated Life beginning on the First Sunday of Advent, and will end on the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, February 2, 2016.

The Archdiocese of Davao officially opened “The Year of Consecrated Life” on November 29, 2014. The Archdiocese joins the universal Church in celebrating a year of thanksgiving and promotion of religious life in the world. The launching which started with an integrated holy hour and vespers was attended by various religious congregations of men and women in the Archdiocese. Archbishop Romulo Valles in his homily extended his gratefulness to all religious men and women. He also asked the lay faithful to support all the activities which would highlight this special year. The Archbishop also shared that the Philippine Church also celebrates this year as a “Year of the Poor.”

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The Year of the Consecrated life, a universal mandate and the Year of Poor, a particular mandate, complement each other. Religious men and women by their choice vow to live a life modeled in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Following Christ is choosing a life of simplicity and a life free from material pressures. Religious life is a testament that joyful life does not depend on material wealth.  Many Filipinos have also been living joyfully even in the reality of poverty.

The challenge for all religious is to reflect and put into life the words of Pope Francis, “I want to say one word to you and this word is joy. Wherever consecrated people are, there is always joy!

 

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“Come and See” vocation activity held at Chanel Formation community

IMG_4308On 22-23 November, a “Come and See” activity was held at St. Peter Chanel Formation Community in Dumalag, Davao City. The activity was attended by 6 young men from Nuro Upi, Maguindanao and Compostela Valley. This activity is to help these young men who are interested and discerning to become priests to experience a life of prayer, community and ministry in a Marist way.

Our community welcomed these young men who are seeking the will of God for their lives to participate in the daily routine of seminary life. The participants got to know about the Marist history and spirituality. They also visited and attended mass at the different apostolates the Marists are involved with. It was a positive experience for them.

The participants also had a chance to get to know the seminarians. They shared stories together. They played games and had fun together going around the city.

We pray and hope that these young men may be inspired to join the Marists next year and be part of our formation program.

We invite young men who are interested to join us. You are most welcome to visit or see us at:

St. Peter Chanel Formation Community, San Nicolas Village, Dumalag 1, Matina Aplaya, Davao City.

Or contact us through these numbers: 09083285450 (smart) 09253331972 (sun)

These young men had an experience worth of a lifetime. We want you to have it also!

Come and see!

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Fr. Andrew Murray, SM visits Davao City

WP_20141118_001Australian Marist Priest Fr. Andrew Murray, SM arrived in Davao City in 17th November. He was tasked by the SM General Administration to do a Review of Formation.

Fr. Andrew was welcomed by Fr. Pat Devlin, SM at the District House. He will also visit other Marist communities around Davao. He will spend a substantial time at the English Speaking International Novitiate in Eden, Toril, Davao City, meeting with the formators as well as the Novices.

Fr. Andrew is a professor of the Catholic Institute of Sydney. His research interests are Philosophy, Politics in Pacific, Religion and Culture. His philosophical education was broadly historically based with the theses of Thomas Aquinas on Epistemology. He also has interests towards the political and rhetorical work of Aristotle.

God bless and welcome, Fr. Andrew!  May you have a wonderful time with us!

Mabuhay!

 

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Commemoration of Fr. Jean Claude Colin 139th death anniversary

IMG_4206On 15th November 2014, Fr. Jean Claude Colin, the founder and spiritual father of the Society of Mary had died 139th years ago. He was born on August 07 1790 and died on 15th  November 1875 in France at the age of 85.

We remember Fr. Colin’s death anniversary with a simple prayer and fellowship honoring God because of his life, his dream and his vision to form a new religious order bearing the name of Mary and called themselves “Marists”. This religious order would be like a tree with many branches: priests, brothers, sisters and lay people that would live and do the work of Mary to the marginalized and abandoned.

Marists all over the world remember this special day thanking God for the gift of Fr. Colin to the Church, to the Society of Mary and to the whole world.

In Sydney, Australia, Fr. Long and Fr. Gil  celebrated with Marist confreres in Villa Maria as well as with the Marist Sisters.

May the life and vision of Fr. Colin continue to inspire all Marists and to live the Gospel in Mary’s way.

Fr. Colin pray for us!

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