Two new Marist priests ordained in Davao.

dsc_9486The Society of Mary-District of Asia is blessed to have 2 newly ordained priests.

Fr. Roque Rebito, sm from Lebak, Sultan Kudarat and Fr. John Gou Wang, sm from China were ordained by Archbishop Romulo Valles, DD, Archbishop of Davao at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish on November 17, 2016 in Davao City, Philippines.

Prior to the ordination, Fr. Roque and Fr. John had a recollection with their faimg_4467mily where there they have the opportunity to meet, pray and share their feelings and thoughts regarding the ordination. Each of their family promised to continue to support them with prayers.

Attending their ordination was their families who travelled from Lebak and China to grace this beautiful occasion. Among those who attended were Fr. John Hannan, sm, the superior general of the Society of Mary as well as Fr. Pat Breeze, sm, the novice master of img_4554Fr. Roque and Fr. John in their novitiate. Many Marist priests concelebrated with some diocesan priests and religious who have known Fr. Roque and Fr. John. Members of the Marist family, friends and relatives have all come to celebrate and witness the ordination.

In his homily, Archbishop Valles, DD reminded Fr. Roque and Fr. John that they are ordained not only for the Society of Mary but for the whole Church. He continued to say that as priests they are to live and minister as the person and presence of Jesus Christ.  He challenged them to be instruments of mercy and to live out the virtues of Mary.

img_4675After the ordination rite, lunch was prepared. During the reception, the SMSM sisters through their students rendered a traditional Tongan dance which Fr. Roque and Fr. John joined along with other guests. Fr. Roque has lived and worked in Tonga for two years during his Pastoral Year as a seminarian.

img_4540The celebration ended with the singing of the Salve Regina to honor Mary for graciously choosing Fr. Roque and Fr. John to bear her name and do her work. Fr. John Hannan, sm gave the final blessing.

We thanked their own families for their joyful sacrifice and generously offering Fr. Roque and Fr. John to God, to the Church and to the Society of Mary. We are grateful also for the many people who have helped, journeyed and prayed for them during their formative years.dsc_9329-2

May we continue to support and pray for them as they begin their life and ministry as Marist priests.

Fr. Roque is the 13th Filipino Marist to be ordained and Fr. John is the first Chinese Marist.

Congratulations Fr. Roque and Fr. John. Blessings and happy years ahead!

 

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Thanksgiving celebration for good and happy years in Dumalag

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On Sunday, November 6, 2016, the Marist Fathers-District of Asia celebrated a thanksgiving mass for the people of Dumalag. Fr. John Larsen, SM the first superior of the Marist community presided over the mass while Fr. Chris Ganzon, SM gave the homily. The mass was held at San Nicolas Chapel.

In his homily, Fr. Chris informed theimg_4288 people that 15 seminarians who have lived or have started formation in Dumalag have become priests. He thanked the people for their prayers, support and help during the formation years of these priests. He encouraged them to keep the faith, pray for each other and strengthen and deepen their good words and deeds. He also asked the people to continue praying for all the Marists all over the world.

The Marist community in Dumalag started way back in 1994 as a Novitiate house for young men who aspired to be Marist missionaries. After 22 years, we have left the place and settled now in our new formation house in Tulip Drive, Juna Subdivision.

dumalag-6After the mass, a simple food was served to the people while others were busy conversing or taking photos with the Marists they know or have not seen for a while.  It was a kind of reminiscing the moments of the past and savoring the moments of the present for the people and the Marists.

We will surely miss the place but most of all the good people because of their goodness, love and support.  We pray that the Lord continue to bless them and their own families. Mary, our mother of Mercy, guide and intercede for them always. Never let them separated from you and your Son!dumalag-5

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you very much Dumalag people for the wonderful years. We are always grateful for the good and happy memories with you!