On 8th September 2019 during the Eucharistic celebration, Bishop Guillermo Afable, DD, the Bishop of Digos, installed Fr. Christopher Thadeos Ganzon, SM as parish priest of the newly erected parish of Our Lady Fatima in Matti, Digos City. The appointment letter was read to the congregation by Fr. Arnold Garferio, SM as instructed by Bishop Afable.
Fr. Chris took his profession of faith and promised to lead, teach, serve, and live a good and upright life for God and for his people. After the prayer and blessing by Bishop Afable, he was led to the presider’s chair and was greeted by the leaders of the Parish.
After the communion service, Fr. Chris thanked Bishop Afable, all the Marist priests who have helped the parish and all the parishioners for their support, generosity and commitment. He asked everyone to pray for him and his new responsibility.
This is a historic moment since after seven years, the pastoral area has been erected as a Parish and will construct a Church in the near future.
In the same celebration, Fr. Pat Muckian, SM was also installed as Parochial Vicar.
Congratulations Fr. Chris and Fr. Pat and blessing in your ministry!
As a General Councillor of the Society of Mary and link person to the General Administration Fr. Ben visited the District of Asia in June 2018. He first came to Davao on 8-13 June 2018. He met every Marist and visited all the ministries that we do in Davao and Digos. He also enjoyed his time with our seminarians who are training to be future Marists.
After his time in Davao, he went to Ranong to meet the other members of the District. Again, he had personal time with them and visited the Centre for Ministries of Marist Asia Foundation. MAF provides education for Burmese refugees as well as cares for people who are affected with HIV-AIDS.
While in Ranong, he also attended the meeting of the leaders of the Marist Asia Pacific.
His presence with us bring life, joy, encouragement and hope. He listened to our stories, met lay people that we are working with and participated in our prayer, meals and even recreation and bonding. He also challenged us to deepen our contemplative life, work for vocations, to stay united and radiate joy to others in our ministries.
This is Fr. Ben’s first visit to the District after being elected as General Councillor in September 2017.
Thank you Fr. Ben and see you again! Blessings!
After 6 years as District Superior, Fr. Pat Devlin, SM has finished his term as the leader of the Marist Fathers in Asia. He started his mandate as District Superior in June 2012.
During the time of Fr. Pat, he has stabilized the District by setting up structures, systems and policies that would sustain the Marists and their mission in Asia for the future. He has encouraged confreres to do on-going formation and studies to better equip them in doing their ministries and harnessing their potentials and gifts.
He has also fulfilled the ‘dream’ of the District to have a ‘complex’ in Davao where we merge our houses and personnel to better serve the needs of the District and its mission.
We are very grateful to Fr. Pat for the many good things he has done in our District over the past 6 years. We thank him for sharing his life and gifts to the people of Asia. We will be forever grateful for what he is and will be to our District.
Taking the place of Fr. Pat is Fr. Christopher Thadeos Ganzon, SM. He will be assisted by his councillors namely: Fr. Lauro Arcede, SM (Vice-Superior), Fr. Arnold Garferio, SM and Fr. Pat Muckian, SM. Their mandate begins in 1 June 2018.
Please continue to pray for Fr. Pat as he takes on his new ministry in Rome and for Fr. Chris and his councillors in their role as leaders of the District Asia.
Please continue to support by your prayers and material assistance the Marist Fathers and their missions.
We are grateful to all our mission partners and benefactors who generously support and provide our needs and the needs of our missions. May God reward you more with abundance!