Provincial Superior's 2018 Circular N.1
January 7, 2018
The Epiphany of Our Lord
The Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord celebrates Christ the Light who manifests himself to us and comes to offer redemption to all. “Arise, shine out, for your light has come…though night still covers the earth and darkness the peoples, on you God is rising… The nations will come to your light.” (Isaiah 60:1-3)
The local Church in the Philippines is celebrating Year 2018 as the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons. This year is dedicated to the “integral renewal of the values, mind-sets, behavior, and life styles of the clergy and religious. The aim is to become servant-leaders in the manner of the Good Shepherd, live the spirit of the evangelical counsels, and be authentic prophets of the Good News of Jesus and the Kingdom. It will be a year too of revisiting ways of … religious formation, of ongoing formation, and of the collaboration of the laity… to integral growth and development in view of mission and ministry.” (cf Clergy and Religious: A Fundamental Missionary Identity, J.H. Kroeger, MM)
It seems fitting to recall that on the Feast of the Epiphany in 1919, the Light has come to illumine our Founder, James Alberione, of the Pauline “Secret of Success”. This prayer brings us within the context of this year’s celebration of our ‘being consecrated for the mission.’ It was the “pact” our Founder made with the Lord that invites us today to examine our “transformative attitudes, awareness of fear, display of trust, promise of commitment, change for the better…” (paraphrased citation from a Pauline priest) which identify us as disciples and missionaries.
Let us be one in offering our great thanksgiving to our Divine Master who has guided us to a joyful welcoming of our Superior General, Sr. M. Micaela Monetti and her Councilor, Sr. M. Giovanna Uchino in their recent canonical visit. Our generosity and collaboration are signs of communion and sense of belonging to our Congregation. We are also thanking Sr. M. Victoria Victorino for her selfless service in guiding the Province for the past six years.
Our thanksgiving extends to more blessings given us at the beginning of this year. We have acquired a new house for our sisters in Pampanga which we can call our own. Simple and modest, located at Rockwood Homes Subdivision in San Fernando, it shall bear the name of Mother M. Lucia Community and it will be blessed on January 25, Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul.
There is much more to thank God for. Let me thank you especially for the various manifestations of your support and collaboration with us in the Provincial Team as we continue to discern God’s will and together respond in fidelity to our Pauline charism expressed in service to the Eucharist, the Priesthood and the Liturgy. We are scheduled for a retreat in Tagaytay guided by Sr. M. Leticia Bantolinao on Jan. 9-14, after which follows Planning and Programming on Jan. 15-17.
The Canonical Visitation in the Province will start on January 29. I look forward to this encounter with you in our communities. Your prayers are a great source of support to our servant-leadership. May we have the strength and wisdom to ‘press onward’ attentive to the signs of the times challenging each one of us to face “new frontiers” in the spread of the Gospel.
Let us continue to pray for the victims of floods and typhoons ravaging our brothers and sisters in the southern part of the country. We also ask the healing presence of our Lord and Master to our sick and aged parents, families and friends, and more especially we entrust to Him our Sisters M. Fatima and M. Bernadette. May He bless us all in his mercy.
My prayerful wishes for a joyful and fruitful New Year to one and all!
Sr M. Anthony E. Basa