Provincial Superior's 2016 Circular n.5


Circular 5
May 25, 2016


Dearest Sisters,
            Greetings of grace and peace through Mary, Mother of Mercy, whose entire life was patterned after the presence of “mercy made flesh” Jesus Christ our Lord!

This coming Sunday, as we celebrate the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of our Lord, we thank the Lord for the gift of his loving and life-giving Presence in the Eucharist that becomes our “bread of hope and wine of joy” in the journey of faith. I would like to recall here some lines from the Concluding Statement of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress: “The Eucharist, being a living and life-giving encounter with Christ in the totality of his Paschal Mystery, is truly the source of and impetus for hope. (…) When our worship is done through Christ, with him and in him, then the Eucharist becomes source of healing and our hope of glory. The Eucharist is our bread of hope for it challenges us to live thankfully and joyfully, notwithstanding all the difficult realities of life. Only those who have endured a lot or have faced various crises in life, those who suffer almost on a daily basis, can know and possess spiritual resilience and truly celebrate life’s joys and remain hopeful.” May our adherence and devotion to Jesus Eucharist truly give us the energy even to hope against hope, and may we be able to share this gift of hope to those who are going through a difficult period of life due to sickness and other motives.  

I take this opportunity to thank you for your co-responsibility in sharing the fruits of your reflection on Part I of the Itinerary for the 9th General Chapter, as well as for your collaboration in the process of choosing and electing our delegates to the 3rd Provincial Chapter. I have the joy of communicating to you now the result of the elections, as well as the fruit of our discernment as Provincial government, regarding the representatives among the temporary professed sisters (please see attachment – Communication 3). May I count on your prayers in this period of preparation for and celebration of the Provincial and General Chapters? Please include in our community prayers any one of the selected prayers from the Itinerary Booklet pp. 52-58.

Another urgent motive for prayer is the ongoing dialogue that our PDDM and SSP Provincial Governments are having regarding the proposed re-opening of our PDDM community in SSP Seminary in Silang, Cavite. God-willing, this will take place within the opening of the School Year 2016-2017 in June this year.

We are also in the process of preparing for the opening of a small liturgical center in San Fernando, Pampanga as an added expression of our apostolate in this area. The date of the opening is set on July 12, 2016 – Birth Anniversary of Mother M. Scholastica Rivata. Ten days after that, on the liturgical memorial of St. Mary Magdalene, we hope to celebrate the opening of the liturgical center in our new Convent and Apostolic Center in Xinzhuang, Taipei. In this regard, we would also like to express our gratitude to Sr. M. Regina Cesarato, our Superior General, and Sr. M. Agar Coreno, General Bursar, and the whole General government for the spiritual, moral and financial support that they have given to us for the completion of this project.

Let us accompany our sisters who are about to travel to Rome these days for purposes of mission and study. Let us also invoke God’s healing and strength upon our sisters who are “fulfilling the apostolate of suffering” due to their physical illness.

I also count on your prayers for our forthcoming sector heads meeting of sisters assigned in the liturgical apostolate and for the mid-year meeting of the Provincial Government Team.

Greeting you all with affection, in Jesus our Master,                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Sr. M. Gemma Victorino pddm