Provincial Superior Circular 2020 N.1

 Philippine-Taiwan-Hong Kong Province CIRCULAR

 

Circular No.1

January 5, 2020

The Epiphany of Our Lord

 

Dearest Sisters,

“The Gentiles are now co-heirs with the Jews, members of the same body and sharers of the promise through the preaching of the Gospel.” (Eph 3:6) The readings for the Solemnity of the Epiphany of our Lord usher us to the celebration of the Church in the Philippines as the Year of Ecumenism, Inter-Religious Dialogue and Indigenous Peoples with the theme, Dialogue Towards Harmony. The theme calls us to be instruments of God’s light manifested through love and peace, hope and joy for all those we encounter in life, and in whom we discover God’s manifestation of his Divine Presence.

This year’s celebration of the local Church becomes more relevant in our annual retreat focused on Fraternal Life in Community as Prophecy of Joy and Hope, as articulated in one of the priorities of the 9th General Chapter. May our formative journey continue to lead us to rediscover the beauty of our life of communion and to a deeper conviction in testifying to the world that community life can become a space of God’s love and of authentic relationships, of personal and community healing. And as part of our on-going formation, we wish to offer the following programs which you may avail according to your need:

  1. ‘Midlife Integration Process’ (for Young Perpetuals and those who are 35 – 59 years of age);
  2. ‘Best Years of My Life’ (for our sisters who are 60 and above); and
  3. ‘Bartimaeus Program’ (for all those who need renewal and special guidance).

You may see Sr. Lawrence (Councilor for Formation) if you are interested in any of the program.

Let us be one in thanking God for all the graces and blessings as we celebrate the Jubilee in Consecrated Life of our sisters on March 25, 2020 at the National Shrine of our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage, Antipolo City. We have requested Most Rev. Francis de Leon to preside the Eucharistic Celebration for the following jubilarians:

 Sr. M. Fides, Sr. M. Speranza and Sr. M. Charitas          60th Year

Sr. M. Dela Paz                                                          50th Year

Sr. M. Lydia, Sr. M. Lawrence, Sr. M. Cecille,

Sr. M. Christian, Sr. M. Stephanie and Sr. M. Pontian    40th Year

Sr. M. Fatima, Sr. M. Carmeli, and Sr. M. Beatrice (in Rome)  25th Year

 As we welcome in our midst Sr. M. Yan Yun and Sr. M. Christina who came back from Rome for their Integration Course in preparation to the perpetual profession, we pray for Sr. M. Cheryl and Sr. M. Lixia who will soon leave for the Integration Course in Italy. Sr. M. Alma and Sr. M. Criselda will also go to Rome for a one month charism course Un Mese con il Beato Alberione from April 14 – May 8. Sr. M. Carmeli will take a Masteral Course in Liturgy at San Beda Graduate School of Liturgy.

We are grateful for the gift of vocations and we look forward to the entrance of Posulant Lalamea to the Novitiate on February 10, 2020 together with the Temporary Professed sisters who will renew their vows, Sr. M. Cheryl, Sr. M. Jessiebel, Sr. M. Yan Yun, Sr. M. Lixia and Sr. M. Christina.

Allow me to extend my heartfelt gratitude to our sisters who, with docility and availability, have responded to the call of a new assignment and community:

Sr. M. Fe - Davao to DMC Antipolo

Sr. Mary Ann - Alberione Center to DMC Antipolo

Sr. M. Charitas - Alberione Center to DMC Antipolo

Sr. M. Abigail - Alberione Center to DMC Antipolo

Sr. M. Christina - Rome to DMC Antipolo

Sr. M. Yan Yun - Rome to Alberione Center

Sr. M. Fides - DMC Antipolo to Alberione Center

Sr. M. Emily - Davao to PAC Manila

Let us continue to pray for the following intentions: First, for the construction of our Divine Master Complex which we need to review in order to appropriately meet the needs of our sisters and our apostolate; second, for the victims of typhoon Ursula which struck some parts of our country on Christmas Eve; third, for the healing presence of our Lord and Master to our sick and aged parents, families and friends; and fourth, for our sisters who need to take a leave of absence to take care of their sick loved ones, Sr. M. Rosalba, Sr. M. Graziella, Sr. M. Catherine, Sr. M. Vincent, Sr. M. Rosalie.

May we always be touched by the joy of the Gospel and re-created by forgiveness and reconciliation. May this feast of God’s manifestation help us to be one in welcoming personal and intercultural diversity in our communities and society.

My prayerful wishes for a joyful and grace-filled New Year to all!

 

Sr. M. Anthony E. Basa,  PDDM