Last December 9, 2017, the Redemptorist Parish in Davao held a Christmas Concert in CAP auditorium. It was a fund-raising concert for the procurement of a new sound-system for the parish church. The main participants of the concert are the church choir groups. Other church volunteers and devotees also participated.
Redemptorist Priests and Seminarians in Davao also participated in the concert. Some seminarians were part of the production team of the concert.
The concert was called Deify: God born in our songs.
We, the Redemptorist Formation Community (RFC students) and the Seniors Community had our first joint Recollection this year with a theme: Reconciliation. It was held on November 13 in GAP Farming Resort located in the Diversion Road in Davao City. The place was very conducive for our personal reflection and sharing for it is a park with various fruit trees, farm animals and displays on a Filipino culture. The morning was spent for personal reflection followed by a “by-pair” sharing. In the afternoon, we concluded our recollection with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. We had a rather creative way of giving of the Kiss of Peace. We had a giving of letters to those whom we are grateful for, whom we have hurt, and those we want to know more. After the Mass, some went home while others went for a swim in the pool to enjoy the resort. Overall, it was a very fitting time for us to listen to ourselves as well as to listen to each other.
About the Author:
Bro. Philip Portillo, C.Ss.R. is from the Redemptorist Province of Cebu. he is 2nd year theology student of SATMI here in Davao.
In commemoration of the 285th foundation anniversary of the Redemptorist Congregation, the Vocation team, together with Redemptorist students of Asia-Oceania, organised an exhibition to promote vocations on Sunday November 12, 2017 in Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish, Davao City. The confreres and students attracted people to the booth by singing songs and hymns. People took photos in the designated area with the background of Redemptorist Logo. This was indeed a good venue to encourage young men to join the Redemptorists and to serve the poor and abandoned in society. MPS sisters welcomed young single women to join and help the Redemptorists in their mission through active participation in missionary activities.
About the Author:
Bro. Jude Perera, C.Ss.R. is from the Redemptorist Region of Colombo (Sri Lanka). 4th year theology student here in Davao.
Last November 3, 2017, Redemptorist Formation Community celebrated with joy the ordination of six of our brothers to the order of the diaconate. Brothers Mark Anthony Benedicto, Allan Edward Pandaan, Christopher L. Sta. Ana from the Redemptorist Vice- Province of Manila and Brothers Yusuf Frenademetz ‘Rafi’ Uran, Yohanis Umbu ‘Oan’ Rebu and Firminus ‘Allan’ Aloy Kuda Hewen from the Redemptorist Province of Indonesia received the gift of ordination. The Archbishop of Davao Romulo Valles, DD graced the celebration. It is always an annual momentous event here in the formation community wherein we are reminded that, indeed, the challenges we faced are not put to vain. The archbishop, in his homily, stressed the challenging lifestyle of choosing the religious and priestly vocation not only for those who are aspiring but together with those who shared in such journey, the formators, family and friends.
The celebration was themed ‘to live in a manner worthy of the call we received from Jesus Christ, the Redeemer’ drawing from Ephesians 4:1. This beautifully responded to the admonition of the bishop during the rite which is ‘to believe what they read, teach what they believe and practice what they preach.’ The bishop implored that diaconate is not simply a stepping stone to priesthood but it has a distinct and important role in the Church. He urge that the best way to live out such ministry is through the example of their lives. Thus, he added the importance of praying for the newly ordained deacons with their significant role in the growth of Christian faith.
Thus, we pray that our six new deacons be ever blessed by God who in our unworthiness made us worthy. There is a prayer within the rite which goes ‘may God who has begun the good work in you bring it to fulfillment.’ The prayer looks forward to the years that lie ahead. This is our prayer for them and also for all of us that everyday we may practice what we believe in.
About the Author:
Brother Ronald “Nosi” Balgado, C.Ss.R. (Vice-Province of Manila)