Marist Asia Foundation Celebrates 10 Years in Thailand

Marist Asia Foundation 10th anniversary danceTwo days of celebrations were held last week to mark ten years of Marist presence and mission in Ranong, Thailand.

Ranong is a predominantly Burmese-populated town at the southern end of the Thai-Myanmar border. Marist Asia Foundation serves poor migrant families in Ranong, who are mostly Buddhist, via ministries of education and healthcare.

Marist Asia Foundation 10th anniversary

Bishop Joseph Prathan Sridarunsil SDB of Surat Thani opened proceedings by celebrating Mass with members of the small local Catholic community. Bishop Prathan shared during his homily how proud he is of the work Marists have developed in support of poor Burmese in his diocese.

 

Marist Asia Foundation 10th anniversary Burmese danceOn the second day, a cultural program and meal was attended by approximately 500 families, who delighted in the songs and dances performed by the Foundation’s students.

One member of the Marist community commented: “Education brings confidence. Confidence produces beautiful smiles. And the smiles revealed a sense of dignity and pride.”

Burmese kids

Archbishop Romulo Valles Visits Balay Pasilungan

Ahbp Valles at BaPas

Arbp Valles preachesOn 8th February, Archbishop Romulo Valles celebrated Mass at Balay Pasilungan.

The Mass was in thanksgiving for the St Cecilia Choir of San Pedro Cathedral, who led the music and who had been involved in a fundraising concert at the Cathedral late last year.

Arbp Valles distributes communionDuring the Mass, Archbishop Valles spoke about Pope Francis’ challenge to the Church to go the ‘peripheries’, noting that this can be achieved by reaching out in mercy and compassion to those who are in need.

After dinner, Archbishop Valles met with Fr Lionel Mechavez SM, Director of Balay Pasilungan, along with members of the Board of Trustees, and presented them with some of the funds raised at the Cathedral concert.

Arbp Valles with BOT Arbp Valles with BaPas boys

Congratulations, Fr. John Pereira SM!

The beginning of 2016 has seen Fr. John Pereira SM celebrate two significant milestones.John Pereira's Birthday

On 4th January, Fr. John celebrated his 88th birthday in the company of friends and fellow Marists at the Dominican Sisters community in which he resides in Davao City.

John Pereira celebrates MassThen, on 3rd February, Fr. John marked 50 years as a priest.

Bishop George Rimando, auxiliary bishop of Davao, preached at the Mass which was presided over by Fr. John himself. A festive meal followed by song and dance was enjoyed by friends and members of the Marist family.

John Pereira's JubileeA member of the Province of Oceania, Fr. John has lived and ministered in the Philippines for most of his years as a priest.

Congratulations, Fr. John!

John Pereira with OP Srs