Matti Community – Digos
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 Fatima, Matti, to minister to 24 chapel communities. These chapels now form the Matti District Catholic Community (MDCC). MDCC belongs to the Cathedral Parish of Mary Mediatrix, Digos, but the plan is that it will eventually become a parish in its own right.
The members of the Marist Community in Matti are:
Fr Hermes Larry Sabud SM is from Davao City and joined the community in December 2014. Ordained in 1993, Larry was the first local to become a Marist in the Philippines. Having recently completed a Licentiate in Missiology, Larry is also teaching part-time at SATMI (St. Alphonsus Theological and Mission Institute).
Fr Pat Muckian SM is originally from Ireland. His first assignment following ordination in 1979 was to Norway. Pat has been in the Philippines since 1994.
Fr Arnold Garferio SM is from Midsayap, North Cotabato. Ordained in 2013, Arnold served in Thailand before being assigned to Matti.
Fr. Roque Rebito, SM is from Villamonte, Lebak, Sultan Kudarat. He was ordained on November 17, 2016. He will assist in the pastoral work in Matti District.
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.