The Marist Fathers have been working in Digos since 2004. At that time, they lived in Clarion St and worked as chaplains to the National High School and in the Prison Ministry.
In 2012, at the request of Bishop Afable, the Marists moved five kilometres outside of Digos City to the area of Barangay Matti, to minister to 24 Chapel communities. These chapels now form the Our Lady of Fatima Parish which was established on 13th May 2019 as a new Parish of the Diocese of Digos.
The members of the community are:
Fr. Christopher Thadeos R. Ganzon, SM is from Lebak, Sultan Kudarat. He has worked in prison ministry, Campus Ministry and Formation. He joined the community in June 2017. He is the District Superior and the Parish priest.
Fr Pat Muckian SM is originally from Ireland. His first assignment following ordination in 1979 was to Norway. Fr. Pat has been in the Philippines since 1994. He is the community Superior and the Parochial Vicar.
Fr. Arnold Garferio SM is from Midsayap, North Cotabato. He was ordained in February 2013 in his hometown of Midsayap. He joined the community in December 2017. He is the District’s Vocation Director and Marist Laity Animator.
The Samahang Marista (Lay Marists) help the priests in their Prison Ministry, as do the members of the chapel communities.
The people are excited about new beginnings and are looking forward to experiencing together the Church as a community and with a mission to reach out to those in need.