Provincial Superior's circular no. 4





Circular n. 4
Easter Monday, April 17, 2017


Dearest Sisters,
            A blessed and happy Easter to all! “Our paschal lamb, Christ, has been sacrificed. Therefore, let us celebrate the feast, not with the old yeast, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” (1 Cor 5:7-8)

            I would like to take this occasion to thank you for the prayers, greetings and affection showered on me on the occasion of my feastday, as we celebrated and honored together my patron saint, St. Gemma Galgani. I praise the Lord for the joy of community life and the spirit of collaboration especially on such occasions. I pray that all may redound to the glory of God and this act of community-communion be a source of strength and joy in our missionary discipleship.  We are bringing with us to Rome the gifts offered on the occasion to help defray the expenses to be incurred in our participation in the 9th General Chapter. Please continue to support us, delegates of the Chapter with your fervent prayers and life offering so that the light and wisdom of the Spirit may accompany us and the entire Congregation as we search for the directions for renewal and elect the sisters who will lead us to the path that the Lord desires for us.

            In regard to our ongoing formative sessions and Annual Retreat this year, I would like to thank you for the good feedback on the last two sessions concluded. In the last three years, in addition to our psycho-spiritual integration sessions, we have opted to look closer into the health issues of our members; this is to help us ensure the quality of life of our members even as we intensely commit ourselves to the apostolate and life of discipleship. In order for us to concretely create a mentality of self-care and disease prevention before reaching our senior years, I would like to inform everyone that the Provincial government team thought it helpful to enroll most of our professed members, aged 40 to 59 years old, to a health maintenance organization (HMO), specifically to Kaiser International for the period of March 2017 to March 2018. I believe Sr. M. Alma Sabanpan, our Provincial Treasurer, has sufficiently informed and briefed the sisters concerned about this move and I hope they will make full-use of the year-long benefits that could be derived from this HMO. We will then evaluate the experience and make the necessary recommendation to the next provincial government in due time.

            We also thank the Lord for the following news that I would like to share with you: 1) the admission of Sr. Maredith Canoy to perpetual profession. We will have the joy of celebrating this event in her hometown in Tubod, Lanao del Norte on July 22, 2017; 2) Sr. M. Catherine Bondad is about to finish the Charism Course in Rome by next month and will be returning with us from Rome in early June. We will join her in celebrating her 25th Jubilee of Consecrated Life in Antipolo sometime this September; 3) We also welcome back Sr. M. Magdalene Magallanes in our midst as she ends her missionary assignment in Rome. The exact date of her arrival will be announced later; 4) The General Government has authorized the proposal to conclude our ministry in the Shrine of Our Lady of Wufongci in Yilan, Taiwan at the end of our contract with the Archdiocese of Taiwan on June 30, 2017. Let us indeed thank the Lord for the years given us to minister to the pilgrims of this Marian Shrine which has also served to enliven and deepen our Marian spirituality. Through the invitation of the Archbishop of Taipei, the RVM Sisters have accepted to take over our duties and ministries in said Shrine.

Following our practice of changes of assignments usually after three-year term in a community for the perpetual sisters and one or two-year term of stay for the young professed sisters depending on their formative and study program, I announce with this circular the list of changes that are forthcoming in two batches. (See attachment). I would like to ask the collaboration of the Local Superiors to help facilitate this transition process. Thank you, indeed, to all those who collaborate willingly and generously to the re-organization of our life and apostolate.

            Lastly, I would like to commend to your prayers and spiritual offering the initiatives at the Congregational and Pauline Family level. You will soon receive the letter of the Provincial Superiors of the Pauline Family of the Philippines regarding the celebration of the Month of the Word in September 2017.

             In my absence from April 25 to June 6, 2017, Sr. Maria Mercedes Pineda, Provincial Vicar, will act as point of reference as to whatever issues may need immediate attention.    Counting on your continuous collaboration, and assuring you also of my constant prayers for each one, I greet you all with affection in Christ, our Risen Lord.                                                                                       Sr. M. Gemma Victorino pddm