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month of November was a visitor-filled month for the
Last Nov. 5, the community gathered together for the opening Mass which marked the start of the community discernment. It was three-day discernment and was done separately by the senior community and the student community.
On the evening of November 9th, the community invited benefactors and potential benefactors for the launching of the Perpetual Help Share & Care Association. It is a program of the parish to look for associates who will support the three major charity projects: the medical assistance, scholarship for the poor and the social concerns/IGP program. Many generous people responded. Fr. Amado Picardal, C.Ss.R., the parish priest, presented the program and it was followed by the ritual of commitment from the people. The students helped out in the liturgy and in the singing. It was concluded with a fellowship meal.
Starting the next day, formators and superiors from different units of ASEAN came for a meeting. They were housed at a Franciscan Sisters’ retreat house at Catalunan Grande. The community hosted a dinner on the 11th evening in honor of the visitors. The formators and superiors discussed about the possibility of making SAT a regional theologate. Towards the end of the meeting, they had an audience with students to dialogue with us regarding our experience here.
some went home, other formators stayed for a few more days. Members of the
formation secretariat also came for their own meeting on Nov. 15-17. They
were joined by the
confreres also visited us these past days like Fr. James Narisma, C.Ss.R.
After all the busy meetings and activities, the community finally had time for recollection. On Nov. 22, the community went to Suarez’ Garden for a day of recollection. It was concluded with a Mass for our dead benefactors and loved ones.
This semester, Fr. Abdon Josol has again joined SAT and is now teaching fundamental morals and social morals. We are looking forward for Fr. Tom Groarke, C.Ss.R. to arrive in January as he will be handling sexual morals and bioethics. After almost near a month of classes in SAT, everything is still going well. There is still less pressure in the academics at present.
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