Servi Mariae holds outreach program to Davao youths

10570266_913462345331791_6834627992143484833_nThe Marist lay group Servi Mariae of the Society of Mary conducted a pre-Christmas outreach program to the youths of Balay sa Adunay Pangandoy last December 14, 2014 at Malagamot, Panacan, Davao City. The group held activities that encouraged the youths’ camaraderie among others. They also received Christmas gifts rooted from various individuals who rendered monetary support.

Brother Dennis Mabayao, founder of Balay sa Adunay Pangandoy, expressed gratitude over the simple event despite the “seasonal visits” they receive since its sponsors left the center six years ago.

“Naningkamot mi na makasugakod luyo sa mga challenges sa among kinabuhi. With your prayers, I really hope and pray that we can continue because it’s only the grace of God that keeps us going,” he said.

He also stated that their main concern now is the educational sustenance of the youths who are college students. Presently, it houses ten youths who are studying Bachelor of Science in Marine Technology, Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management, and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at MATS College of Technology, Assumption College of Davao, and Holy Cross of Davao College.

“As long as may mission, as long as naa ang mga bata, as long as nay ga-eskwela, we can survive,” Bro. Mabayao10849743_913462751998417_456442728954354448_n added.

Bro. Mabayao started to operate the Balay sa Adunay Pangandoy last 2004 with the Marist Fathers and Sisters. It is a youth rehabilitation center that serves homeless teenagers in conflict with the law, the homeless and even young people rejected by families. Aside from the financial support they get for their education, they also undergo “various spiritual formations”. It celebrated its ten years of mission last November 3, 2014.

 

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Novices 2015 visited Marist communities in Davao City

IMG_4757As part of their two month orientation program, the new group of Novices visited different Marist communities around Davao. It was a time for them to meet and get to know other Marists living in the city. They had a lovely time praying and mingling with their fellow Marists.

pic 6The Novices 2015 come from the countries of Senegal, Cameroon, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Bougainville, Mexico and Brazil. They will formally begin their journey in February 2015 with Fr. Anggong Ingente, SM as novice master and Fr. Kevin Conroy,SM as socius. Fr. Fritz Arnold, SM and Bro. John Votaia, SM completes the formation team.

We welcome the new Novices to the Philippines and pray that they will truly ‘taste God’ in their Novitiate journey.

All the best and blessing to each of you, brothers!

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Marist Staffs Spend a Day of Prayer and Reflection

IMG_4682On the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, all the Marist Staffs of the District of Asia gathered together for a day of prayer and reflection at St. Peter Chanel Community, Punta Dumalag.

This recollection was blessed by the presence of the nine staffs from Digos, Dumalag and Bajada communities. This was so far the biggest gathering of our staffs.

Facilitated by Bro. Nino Memorial,sm and Bro. Roque Rebito, sm the gathering gave a venue for the staffs to know each other and share their own experiences as partners of the Marists in their mission.

As part of their reflection, the staffs were invited to reflect on their advent preparations and their special roles to the mission of their respective communities where they render their services.IMG_4720

The staffs were really delighted by the importance and the emphasis given to their contribution to the mission of Mary here in the District of Asia.

This get together was culminated by the Holy Mass celebrated by Fr. Damian Dempsey,sm.

We would like to express also our deepest gratitude to all the people who made this gathering a successful one, especially to the MIC students of St. Peter Chanel community for the great welcome and the sumptuous food. May they have a blessed Christmas and grace-filled New year!

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Fr. Lote,sm visits the Marist District of Asia

IMG_4675Assistant Superior General Fr. Lote Raiwalui, SM had his first official visit to the District of Asia. He went first to Ranong, Thailand and spent a few days with the Marists there. He also visited the Marist Mission Education Center.

After which, he flew to Davao City and was welcomed by Fr. Pat Devlin at the District House on 28 November 2014.

While in Davao, he visited the Marist community in Matti, Digos and spent the weekends there meeting people and celebrating mass in one of the chapels. He also stayed overnight at Chanel Formation Community in Dumalag and met the students. He had a lovely time with fellow Marists and seeing the various ministries they are involved with.

IMG_4542He also went to visit the International Novitiate Community at Eden Toril and met up with the novices-elect at PM Sisters Retreat House.

On the eve of his departure to Sydney, he celebrated mass for the Marist Laity on their monthly gathering.

We thank Fr. Lote for his presence, prayers and support during his time with us. We wish him every blessing as he goes home to Fiji and spend Christmas with his family. May Jesus and our blessed Mother accompany him always.

Delighted and grateful for your visit Fr. Lote. Come again!

 

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