With Fr. Herman Abcede, the Provincial Superior, presiding over the simple rite, Bro. Nilo Pelobello, who served for few months as Responsible of the religious community of the St. Hannibal Rogate Center, after Fr. Jose Maria Ezpeleta was elected General Councilor and General Vicar, made official turn over of the Office of the Superior to Fr. Jessie Martirizar, who shall also serve as Director of the Postulancy Program. The rite was held on June 1, 2017, Feast Day of St. Hannibal Mary Di Francia.
Bro. Christian Allan R. De Sagun, RCJ
In the Holy Mass said in special remembrance of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to her cousin Elizabeth, which the Provincial Superior, Fr. Herman Abcede, himself presided over, he aptly spoke of two biblical "wombs", apparently incapable of giving life - one virgin (that of Mary), and another barren (that of Elizabeth). Both are blessed, nonetheless, for having been so highly favored by God, that they didn't just bring forth ordinary life, but gave birth to extraordinary men life itself ever saw and will ever see.
Last May 28, 2017, Ascension of the Lord Sunday, some students of St Mary's Primary School and St Anne's Skills Training Institute received their 1st Holy Communion, the Sacrament of Confirmation and one was baptized by Bishop Rolando Santos at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish. We thank the Lord for this gift and accompany them with our prayers.
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!
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.