The Marist Family Vocation Festival 2016

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The first Marist Family Vocation Festival took place on 24-25 September 2016 at Notre Dame of Kidapawan College Farm in Kidapawan City. Gathered were about 90 young people and professionals who were invited by Marist Brothers of the Schools, Marist Fathers, Marist Sisters and Marist Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary.

img_3587The aim of the Vocation Festival is to help the young people and professionals discern their vocation to the Marist life or whatever way of life God is calling them to be. It was also an opportunity for the participants to know more about the Marist life.

The Vocation Festival was a combination of prayers, input and shared activities. The group hadimg_3617 moment of prayers, adoration and celebrated a Holy Mass.  The short history and origin of the Marist project was presented. A professed Marist from each branch presented the history, spirituality, mission and formation stages of their own congregation. The professed Marists and the participants interacted through vocation forum, sharing, animated dancing and singing. At the end of the festival, the participants presented a collage and creative response of their future life.

The Marist Family Vocation Festival went well. The participants felt happy and satisfied of the experience. Many shared that the event helped them to think and pray about their choices in life. It helped them to discern what vocation they would like to have.  It gave them more knowledge and understanding about who the Marists are.
Let us help them by our prayers and encouragement so that they may listen to the voice of God calling them to follow and serve Him in religious and priestly life.

img_3775If one or two of these participants answer God’s call, what a joyful and grateful news it would be!  After all, we can only sow the seed. It is God who makes it grows in people’s hearts. Nevertheless, we continue the work of inviting young men and women to join the Marist.

We are very grateful for all the organizers of this event. We thanked all our superiors who supported this event as well. Thank you for the Marist Brothers for being the hosts. And most of all, huge thank you for the young people and professionals who came to the vocation festival.

Let us always pray with Jesus who said: “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest.” (Luke 10:2)img_3746

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Marists celebrated the feast of the Holy Name of Mary

Marists in Davao and Matti celebrated the feast of the Holy Name of Mary, the titular feast of the Society of Mary.img_2988

In Davao, about 200 Marists gathered at Teresian Daughters of Mary place to celebrate the feast day in September 11. The event started with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist presided by Fr. Denis Revi, SM, from Vanuatu and socius of the img_3165International Novitiate. Bro. Luis , FMS from Marist Ad Gentes community preached. At the beginning of the mass, the four branches and the  Marist Laity group presented symbols that speak about their own identity, charism and ministry.  After the mass, a simple and lovely meal was shared by everyone  and a  lively program with dances, songs and games  which everybody participated with fun and creativity.The theme of the celebration was “Bearing the Holy Name of Mary from Fourviere to the world”.  

In Matti, Digos City, the Marist community celebrated the feast together with the local people on September 12. The theme of the fiesta celebration was “The Holy Name of Mary reveals God’s love aimg_3208nd mercy to the Family“.  The feast day started with the celebration of the Holy Mass presided by Fr. Ronald Lunas, DCD, the Vicar for Clergy of the Diocese of Digos. He gave a good homily explaining the name and meaning of Mary. After the mass, the youth organized a simple program and games to entertain the visitors. Lunch was served to all who came for the feast day!img_3266

As we celebrate this feast day of the Holy Name of Mary, let all Marists “bear in mind that they belong by a gracious choice to the family of the blessed Mary, Mother of God, from whose name they are called Marists, and whom they have chosen from the beginning as their model and their first and perpetual superior.” ( SM Constitution # 228)

Cheers and happy feast day to all of us!

Viva Jesus! Viva Maria!

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