Hearts Afire Amidst the Storms!
Despite the cold weather conditions here in Lipa and
the violent storms that attacked in many parts of
The day after our retreat was also the retreat of the
After the retreat everyone went to Pansol rest house on Nov. 9 for the celebration of the jubilarians. The celebrants were Fr. Pete Katigbak on his 25th anniversary of ordination and Frs. John Maquire and Boni Flordeliza on their golden anniversaries of professions. Songs, dances, and inspiring messages filled that wonderful day. There was a reason to celebrate God’s gift of perseverance in these vocations!
Aside from our everyday class in the novitiate, there were other deep encounters that followed the retreats. We had spiritual direction with Bishop Ireneo Amantillo and counseling with Ate Christie (Panotes) in the third week of November. It was another loving experience of knowing more about the self and God.
As we learned insights from the wisdom of the older ones but young at heart, our encounters with the physically young men and women also revitalized our energies when we helped in the vocation campaigns, vocation retreat, and vocation forum organized by the Lipa vocation team. We reached as far as Candelaria and Gumaca, Quezon province, in giving talks and examinations to high school male students. There were 51 students who attended the retreat on Nov. 19-21 from 70 students who passed the exams. There will be a second batch on Jan 2004, probably with the same number of students. The vocation forum last Nov. 28 was held here in the house to culminate November as the Month for Vocation. There were more than 60 young men and women who came. The panel in the forum included: a lay missioner, a religious sister, a brother and a priest. It was so inspiring to see many young people showing some attraction and interest in seriously reflecting and praying about their vocation in life. May some of them join us soon!
After seven months of living 1,025 ft above sea level,
and for some days in the middle of Metro Manila, in Mariposa, we finally had
a time to see and swim, taste and smell a
Our intercongregational group EXODUS will be at