Provincial Superior's 2015 Circular n.1

Circular 1
January 1, 2015
Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

 

Dearest Sisters,

Greetings of Peace and of Marian joy! May Mary, the Mother of God walk with us as we begin Year 2015 – Year of Consecrated Life and Year of the Poor; may she teach us to recognize the whisper of God’s Spirit in the great events and in those where God’s presence seem imperceptible.

Today, the Church celebrates also the World Day of Prayer for Peace. Pope Francis’ message for this day, entitled “No longer slaves, but brothers and sisters,” opens our eyes to the present reality of enslavement, rejection of others, mistreatment, violations of dignity and fundamental rights and institutionalized inequality. While all these seem to be far from the reality of our consecrated life, it is saddening to note that a subtle entry of some violence-laden language such as “bullying” has entered our communities too. Perhaps that is not the intent, but the perception remains, hence the need for constant vigilance and examination of our hearts and our behaviors. Be that as it may, the Pope’s message beckons us to analyze and be aware of the different causes of slavery, one of which is also worth mentioning here: “the corruption on the part of people willing to do anything for financial gain.” Indeed, ours has become a highly monetized society where human relationships are exploited and turned into utilitarian transactions; human trafficking has in fact become a globalized market industry! Pope Francis therefore exhorts us: “… not to turn away from the sufferings of our brothers and sisters, our fellow human beings, who are deprived of their freedom and dignity. Instead, may we have the courage to touch the suffering flesh of Christ, revealed in the faces of those countless persons whom he calls “the least of these my brethren” (Mt 25:40, 45). I enjoin all the local superiors to please provide their communities a copy of the complete text of the Pope’s message which can be downloaded from http://www.vatican.va. May this incitement help us also in assessing our human relationships as well as our relationship with money and material goods, and most importantly, in doing something concrete for our brothers and sisters living in various situations of slavery and poverty. I believe this is a timely exhortation as we look forward to the upcoming Apostolic Visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines and to our Annual Formative Session and Retreat.

Secondly, I would like to take the opportunity to announce the local superiors of Taiwan and Hong Kong Communities: For DMC-Taiwan and Yilan Community: Sr. M. Virginia Velez with Sr. M. Criselda Lagnason as Councilor; for St. Joseph House, Sr. M. Francis Dy (second term) with Sr. M. Lawrence Consulta as Councilor; for Jesus Master Community-HK, Sr. Maria Luz Cabahug (second term) with Sr. M. Necitas Derama as Councilor. Let us thank our sisters who have accepted this delicate mission and assure them of our constant prayers.

I would like to inform you also that two of our sisters namely, Sr. M. Bernadette Martinez and Sr. M Criselda Lagnason, will be participating in the International Formators’ Course in Rome scheduled on April 7-26, 2015 with the theme: In Ongoing Formation: what kind of prophecy? Sr. M. Criselda is due to leave for Rome by mid-February and Sr. M. Bernadette will leave by mid-March. We have asked Sr. M. Carolina de Jesus to temporarily help out in our mission in DMC-Taiwan while Sr. M. Criselda will be away for the course.

Other movements of personnel that we can already make known are the following: Sr. M. Carmela Almendras, from Alberione Oasis, will be transferred to PAC-Manila to be part of the PLMI Team; Sr. M. De la Paz Masaquel will be transferring to Alberione Oasis. Sr. M. Elizabeth Salido, from JM-Iligan, will be transferred to DMC-Antipolo and will be the National Vocation Directress; Sr. M. Hedda Solon, from DMC-Cebu, will be assigned to Iligan. Sr. M. Martha Bruan will be the Pre-postulant Directress and will accompany our aspirants at DMC-Antipolo. We are expecting Ms. Teresita (Ruihua) Zhang from Fuzhou Province, China to enter aspirancy in March 2015, please God. The movements, except for some cases, ordinarily take place after the annual retreat and formative session.

We praise and thank the Lord for the perseverance of our sisters in following the Master and in their growth in discipleship. We look forward to the renewal of vows of 10 sisters on February 10, 2015. Among them is Sr. M. Yanyun Jiang who will be transferring from DMC-Cebu to AC community temporarily this January; God willing, by August 2015, she will be going to Taiwan to begin religious studies in Fujen University.

Attached to this circular is the Calendar of Activities 2015 in the Province. Thank you once again for your prayers and continued collaboration. May the Lord bless all of us with his gift of peace and with renewed hope even as we face the challenges of the New Year. In him, I greet you all affectionately,

 

Sr. M. Gemma Victorino pddm