Fr. Arnold Garferio, SM reflects on his priesthood anniversary

20180202_061231Last February 2, I celebrated my fifth anniversary as a Marist priest. Looking back, it has been a beautiful and grace-filled journey. My experiences, both the joys and challenges, of being a priest have made me firmed to response generously to God’s invitation to serve His people.

The ministries I have rendered to the District also contributed a lot to widen my horizon of what does it mean to be a Marist missionary-priest. The Marist communities as well are important places for me. I find joy, encouragement and support from my confreres. Our community prayers and brotherly love has also been the source of energy in doing my ministries. Serving people from different cultural backgrounds enriches the universal call of my priesthood. I have to serve anyone, regardless of their faith and traditions, colour or race, gender, status and positions in the society.

At this early stage of priestly life I have reflected upon the importance of spiritual life and (formation) as well as a sound understanding of our human giftedness to sustain my priestly vocation. May Our Lady continue to guide me as I follow her Son Jesus.

Prayers and congratulations, Fr. Arnold. Ad multos annos!


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!