Ten newly professed Marists dedicate life to the Society of Mary

The newly professed Marists pose in front of the Grotto of Our Lady that they personally built.

The Brothers and Priests of the Society Mary was blessed by the Profession of the ten newly religious members of the little Society of Mary at Marist International Novitiate Community last January 25, 2015.

This band of gentlemen, which is composed of Viliami Kiola, Samuela Tukidia, Pio Ravu, Safeh Leonard, Soane Amato Hehea, Youm Stev Youssouph, Benedict D’souza, Herman Nikolai Reimers Massen, Miakele Misinale and Guy Roger Assogoma, promised to live the three Evangelical vows of Chastity, Poverty and Obedience.

In return, Fr. Martin McAnaney, sm, of the Province of Europe and representative of the Superior General, accepted the vows of these young Marists.

This joyful occasion kicked off with the celebration of the Eucharist which was presided over by Fr. Lauro, sm.

It was even more graced by the presence of the different branches of the Marist family, family friends from Digos City and the friends and neighbors of the Novitiate community. Despite the joyful atmosphere of the celebration, the former novices and their family friends were a bit emotional for this was also the time where they said goodbye to each other. Indeed, they were able to touch the lives of these people that they journeyed with over the last year.

Mr. Martin McAnaney,sm delivers his homily.

After the mass, the newly professed members proudly presented and posed in front of the newly built grotto of Our Lady which was personally constructed by them.

In the midst of their friends and those who were involved in their formation, Sam(uela) expressed his heartfelt gratitude and thanksgiving for their formators, Marist families and for all that became a part of their journey here in the Philippines. He wished everyone to continue praying for them as they now live out their promise to God and to the Society of Mary.

Congratulations brothers!

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New Year, new communities!

The New Year has seen some personnel changes around communities of the District of Asia.

Chris & Kabs in France

Fr Kevin Medilo SM and Fr Chris Ganzon SM are currently braving their first real winter: at La Neyliere, France.

Along with Marists from Europe, Africa, Mexico and Oceania, Kevin and Chris are attending the six-month Colinian Renewal course.


Ranong Cmty - CroppedKevin’s absence leaves a community of three in Ranong, Thailand: Fr Frank Bird SM, Fr Gil Casio SM and Fr Arnold Garferio SM.

Marist Mission Ranong, via the Marist Asia Foundation, continues to serve Burmese migrants through health, education and pastoral care ministries.



OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFr Pat Muckian SM has temporarily joined the St Peter Chanel Formation Community at Dumalag.

He and Fr Damian Dempsey SM are overseeing the formation program of the District’s college seminarians, as well as working with students throughout the city via Campus Catholic Ministry Davao.

Digos community - croppedHaving recently completed his missiological studies in Tagaytay, Fr Larry Sabud SM has joined Fr Lauro Arcede SM in the Matti community.

Larry and Lauro are ministering among the people of the Matti District Catholic Community, with a view to it becoming a parish.


Colin Community - croppedDistrict Superior Fr Pat Devlin SM and Balay Pasilungan (Center for Street Boys) Director Fr Lionel Mechavez remain resident in the Colin District House Community at Bajada, along with Nino Memorial SM and Roque Rebito SM.

Nino and Roque are in the penultimate year of their theological studies in preparation for priestly ministry.


Blessings on us all for a fruitful and peaceful 2015!