First Profession to the Society of Mary

FB_IMG_1516289160056On January 18, 2018,  five young men from four nations make commitment to live as Marist religious. They are Josefo Amuri (Fiji), Jaime Perez and Carlos Olivares (Mexico), Christian Ngoura (Cameroon) and Timothy Hare (Solomon Island).

It is a grace-filled occasion. We witness the great desires of these young men to answer God’s call to follow Him. In doing so, they will be marked with new identity.

Fr. Pat Devlin in his homily says, “You will bear the name MARY. You will be called MARISTS. And the sign of that will be SM you sign at the end of your name which will help you to remember.” He also reminded the 5 newly professed Marists by other meanings which the SM stands for: (Serve Mary; Share Magnanimously; Share the Mission; Same Mind; Sacrifice Myself; and Still a Marist).

The Marist Family was all represented during the ocassion. Attending also the profession was the foster families of the novices from Digos,  friends from Digos and Davao and other religious men and women who the novices met during their Novitiate.

A lovely and simple meal was shared together by all the visitors.

The following day, the newly professed Marists travelled back to their own home country to continue their formation. They are grateful to all the prayers and support they have received during their time in the Philippines.

Heartfelt congratulations to you, brothers Cheers and blessings!

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Young people attend Marist Vocation Jamboree

20170903_104307“Share the gentle presence of God to the world, as Mary did.” This is the theme of the Marist Vocation Jamboree 2017 held in Matti District Catholic Centre, Brgy. Matti, Digos City, Philippines last September 2-3, 2017.  The event was hosted by the Marist Fathers’ Community in Matti, Digos City headed by Fr. Christopher Thadeos Ganzon, s.m.  The activities were facilitated by the vocations directors of the Marist Fathers, Marist Sisters, and Marist Missionary Sisters.  The Marist Brothers of the School were celebrating a perpetual profession of vows and several candidates took first profession of vows on the same day when the Jamboree was happening.

The event intended to introduce the Marist history, spirituality, ministries and vocations to the young people who were seeking to respond to God’s call.  It was a combination of lectures, reflection and sharing, games, prayer, meeting new people and experiencing the missionary parish of Matti ministered by the Marist Fathers.

Several participants expressed their delight for their experience and expressed their desire to keep in contact with the Marists.


New leadership structure in the District of Asia.


For 36 years, the District of Asia has a unique structure in terms of Council since all the perpetually professed Marists are members. This kind of structure has helped and worked in continuing the life and mission of the Marist Fathers in Asia since today.

This year however, after an encouragement from the Superior General Fr. John Hannan, SM and careful discernment and deliberations amongst all members, the District will have its own elected council leaders. Thus, in July 2017, an election was held for the three councillors. The District Superior has already been elected in 2012.

The leadership team for the District of Asia is composed of:

District Superior:

Fr. Patrick John Devlin, SM


Fr. Christopher Thadeos Ganzon, SM (vicar)

Fr. Hermes Larry Sabud, SM

Fr. Lauro Arcede, SM

In 2017, history has been made as we start this structure in our administration here in Asia. We hope that you will pray for our leaders as they begin their duties and responsibilities. In spite of this small council, we still strive to be united and fraternally supportive with each other this year and the years to come.

Congratulations and all the best to the new leadership team!


Marist Fathers in Asia hold annual retreat

IMG_6769Every Marist is required to make an annual retreat, normally in common” (SM Constitution # 125).

During the months of March and May this year, the District of Asia Fathers took time off from their ministries to do their annual retreat. The theme of the retreat was: Marists’ Communion in God’s mission. Fr. Larry Sabud, SM was the retreat facilitator.

Marist priests assigned in our mission in Ranong Thailand had their retreat on 27-31 March 2017 at Seven Fountains retreat house in Changmai. It was an experienced of grace and real communion with God and with one another. The confreres were encouraged and inspired from the input as well for coming together in prayer and reflections.IMG_1731

On the other hand, Marists who are assigned in Davao and Digos had their retreat on 8-12 May 2017 at the Our Lady of Matutum Trappistine Nuns Monastery in Polomolok. Again, we felt blessed and motivated to continue our mission knowing that the Holy Trinity is the one calling and sending us to manifest God’s love and mercy to the vulnerable people God has entrusted to our care.

IMG_6754We thanked Fr. Larry for leading us in our retreat this year. He has shared deep thoughts and insights on the Trinity, Mission and the Holy Spirit as well as the Marist values and spirituality. He himself is a concrete example of everything that he has shared with us.

One of the highlights of our retreat at Polomolok was the cordial and jovial ‘audience’ with the 35 nuns who live and work in the monastery.

We also would like to be grateful to all of you who have accompanied us with your prayers. Your spiritual support really helped us to have to have a wonderful communion with the Lord and with each other. As you prayed for us, many of you were also remembered and prayed in our prayers and mass celebrations.

May our retreat bear fruits to our individual lives and to the people we serve in our missions.

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Marists celebrate Easter feast!

IMG_6610Marists around Davao come together to celebrate Easter Sunday. The Chanel community in Tulip Drive hosted the gathering. The formators of the International Novitiate also joined the celebration.

It was a simple and lovely evening of sharing stories and enjoying the  table fellowship. Prior to this, the Marists have worked hard to prepare for the Paschal Triduum and so it was just fitting to relax and be revitalized again for the new week to come.

From all the Marist Fathers here in Asia, we would like to greet all our confreres, friends and mission partners a Happy Easter.

May the Risen Christ bring you blessing, love, joy, hope and peace!

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Four newly professed Marists say “YES” to God

img_5755The Brothers and Priests of the Society Mary was blessed by the Profession of four newly religious members at Marist International Novitiate Community on January 18, 2017.

Yves Tuma (Cameroon, Africa), Emil Kenewata (Bougainville), Hayden Powick (New Zealand)img_5589 and Cameron Mota (Bougainville) professed the vows of Chastity, Obedience and Poverty in a Eucharistic Celebration presided by Fr. Lionel Mechavez, SM, and  concelebrated by Marists priests and  Fr. Al Botero, DCD, the parish priest of San Miguel Parish, Eden, Toril.

On behalf of the Superior General, Fr. Christopher Thadeos R. Ganzon, SM was the homilist as well as received the vows of the newly professed Marists. Fr. Chris in his homily invited the newly professed Marists to be the salt and earth of the world in Mary’s way, living out their religious commitment with joy, confidence and generosity. He reminded them to be men of prayer, to harness their God-given talents, to grow in the Spirit and to be men of mission.

img_5699The celebration was graced by the members of the Marist Family (Marist Brothers, Marist Sisters, The Marist Missionary Sisters and Marist Laity), the Foster parents from Digos, friends and neighbors of the newly professed in particular those who have helped and supported them during the Novitiate year. Acknowledged in a special way were the PM sisters who housed the novices during their 2 month cultural orientation. The RNDM Sisters for accommodating the community for 2 months during the renovation period in the Novitiate house. The Missionaries of Charity for the pastoral placement of the novices in their Home for the Aged Center. The different Marist communities for their welcome and support during the mission immersion of the novices.

After the celebration of the Mass, Sefo (novices-elect) emceed the second part of the day img_5765which is the fellowship lunch. To mark the celebration, the new Marists cut their cake of joy and gratitude! Hayden Powick gave the words of thanks on behalf of his companions in English and in Bisayan language which everyone enjoyed while listening to his slang Bisayan accent. He was great though! He expressed his gratitude to all the people who helped them during their novitiate especially their formators. He asked everyone to continue to pray for them as they begin their religious life.

The profession day went very well. All were very happy and blessed by God and by Mary.

As the newly professed depart to go back to their own country, a new batch of novices are about to begin their novitiate. We are blessed to have 5 men who will begin their novitiate this year. The group is composed of 2 Mexicans, 1 Fijian, 1 African, and 2 Oceanians.

We congratulate our newly professed Marists. Rest assured of our prayers for your new journey.

Prayers and blessing, brothers! Cheers!

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