Let us accompany our new leaders with prayers and support! Thank you very much!
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 …
Ranong is located in the southern region of Thailand. The Marist community serves the Burmese migrants in this border town under the name of Marist Asia Foundation. Marist Asia Foundation has been working in Ranong since 2006, supporting migrants through ministries of education, healthcare and pastoral care. Members of the Community: Fr. Hermes “Larry” Sabud, SM is …
The St. Peter Chanel Community is at 82 1st Avenue, Juna Subdivision, Matina, Davao City. It has 2 houses: the District house where the priests are accommodated and the Formation house where the Postulants; Marist Interested College Students (MICS) and Marist Interested Graduate Students (MIGS) reside. The seminarians live in community with Marist priests as their formators. They share a …
Let us accompany our new leaders with prayers and support! Thank you very much!
“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.
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:
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!
“Every 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.
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.
We 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.
These words remind us of our own calling as missionaries.
The Society of Mary here in Asia is very much blessed with its partners and collaborators who are brave and generous enough to say “Yes” to the call of Jesus to be missionaries here in Asia.
Sharmaine is one of our Lay Marists and a public school teacher, who has been driven to be a volunteer teacher in our Marist Asia Foundation’s Education Program.
We thank God for Sharmaine’s courage and willingness to serve the poor and vulnerable children of the migrants in Ranong.
All the best Sharmaine.
Marists 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!
The 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) 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.
The 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 which 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!