Nella Provincia San Matteo, mercoledì, 31 maggio, otto novizi emettono la loro prima professione religiosa, assieme agli altri giovani religiosi che rinnovano i sacri voti. Inoltre, tredici postulanti compiono il loro ingresso in noviziato, e infine, il 1° giugno, solennità per noi del Fondatore, sant’Annibale Maria Di Francia, emettono la loro professione perpetua: Bro. Jobert Belgica, RCJ, Bro. Lorgin Hernaez, RCJ, Bro. Jorge Casaberde, RCJ, Bro. Al John Provido, RCJ, Bro. Giovanni Gamaya, RCJ e Bro. Bryan Tutas, RCJ. A tutti vivissimi auguri!
Provincia San Matteo (Filippina)
Fr. Julius Descartin officially turned over the task of the Responsible of the Missionary Station to Fr. Ricardo Caperiña and of Office of the Parish Priest of the St. Francis Xavier Parish in Parang, Bagac, Bataan to and Fr. Ranny Rodriguez on May 16, 2017, in the presence of Fr. Herman Abcede, St. Matthew Province Superior. Fr. Menard Cadeliña, who is also a part of the religious community there, as Assistant Parish Priest and Treasurer, was also present to witness the simple rite.
At the close of the Marian Month of May, the Rogationists Missionary Station organized on May 26, 2017 a Pilgrimage to the sea-side Bai Dau Marian Sanctuary in Vung Tau City, Vietnam, for the seminarians, discerners and the Rogationist lay collaborators. The “St. Anthony Lay Collaborators” was organized around two years ago for the main purpose of sustaining the Rogationists seminarians both materially and spiritually. At the same time, the lay members share in the spirituality and mission of the Rogate.
After 40 years of apostolic presence and service in the Philippines, the Rogationists finally found home in Bicol. Upon invitation of the former Bishop of Daet, and now Archbishop of Lipa, Most Rev. Gilbert Garcera, DD, Fr. Herman Abcede, with the approval of the General Superior, promptly responded to the urgent need for a priest in the above-mentioned local church. On May 28, 2017, Fr. Julius Descartin was welcomed by the Quasi Parish of the Holy Family in Talobatib, Labo, Camarines Norte, as its new Administrator.
The Rogationist Sideia Mission Station launched its Newsletter entitled "Sailau" on May 16, 2017 in commemoration of the 13th anniversary of the canonization of St. Hannibal Mary Di Francia, Founder of the Rogationists and Daughters of Divine Zeal. “Sailau” is the local Sidea word for “sailing”. The Missionary Station chose it as title because people in the missionary center get in touch with each other by means of water transport. Hence, it is by sailing that the mission community also evangelizes the believers of the islands of the territory.
This year’s 54th World Day of Prayer for Vocations, celebrated on May 7, 2017, had the theme: “LED BY THE SPIRIT FOR MISSION”. Produced by the St. Hannibal Rogate Center Community, this is the Official Poster of the WDPV celebration offered by the Rogationist St. Matthew Province. The featured photo was taken from one of the mission areas of the Rogationist Mission Station-Papua New Guinea in Sideia, Milne Bay Province.
Most Rev. Socrates Villegas, DD, the Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan and the current President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines presided over the concelebrated Holy Mass at the St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Villanueva, Bautista, Pangasinan on April 30, 2017. In the same liturgy, which was graced by the presence of Fr. Herman Abcede, the Provincial Superior and his Provincial Vicar, and Fr. John Joffer Lucas, Provincial Councilor on Parishes, the Archbishop introduced Fr. Joseph Arcaño RCJ as the incoming Pastor to the faithful of the Parish. Fr. Arcaño succeeds Fr.
The Rogationists in Vietnam actively participated in the celebration of the 54th World Day of Prayer for Vocations in two dioceses, namely: Phu Cuong and Soc Trang, on May 7, 2017. The confreres and the aspirants set up booths during the youth camp organized for hundreds of young people from different parishes of the two dioceses. The World Day of Prayer for Vocations is widely celebrated in all the dioceses in Vietnam, with moments of prayer, adoration, catechesis and the Eucharist.
"Jesus must be for us, as he had been to the disciples at the road to Emmaus - a 'kabayan', 'kaanak' and 'kasalo'. We must continuously encounter Him, who shared everything we experienced [except sin]. He is ever ready to walk with us through life." These words summarize the homily of Most Rev. Socrates Villegas, DD, the Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan, who presided over the concelebrated Holy Mass at the St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Villanueva, Bautista, Pangasinan on April 30, 2017. In the same liturgy, which was graced by the presence of Fr.