PDDM 98th Foundation Day
The 98th Foundation Anniversary of the Disciples of the Divine Master was laden with manifold blessings. In the Philippine-Taiwan-Hong Kong Province, the sisters celebrated the gift of vocations in the different stages of formation.
Even as we thank God for the gift of the “beginnings” of our vocation and mission as PDDM in the Church and the world, we also celebrate the Lord’s faithfulness which He infused in the hearts of our sisters who manifested their courageous assent to Him.
On February 9, two juniors—Sr. M. Carolette Maestrado and Sr. M. Liyan Xu had their 1st Renewal of the Religious Vows at the community chapel of Alberione Center in Quezon City within a Eucharistic celebration presided by Rev. Fr. Khris Emmanuel Llacer, SSP. Their renewed Vows were received by Sr. M. Anthony Basa, Provincial Superior of the PTH Province in the presence of Sr. M. De La Paz Masaquel and Sr. M. Anna Tinampay as witnesses.
On the day of our institute’s foundation anniversary, February 10, Juliena Ruiz, a new vocation from Davao del Sur, entered the Pre-Postulancy while Hoa Thi Thai and Angelyn Africa became the new Postulants. The rite of these entrances took place during the 5:30 a.m. morning prayer of our community in Davao City.
Also, the sisters at the Divine Master Convent in Antipolo City welcomed the two new novices—Alaine Jamorol and Joyce Celiz during lauds at 6:00 a.m.
Then, the community gathered again together with some sisters from the provincial house to celebrate the First Profession of Religious Vows of Sr. M. Dianne Therese Galapate, Sr. Ma. Liying Bian and Sr. Ma. Lalamea Vaohea at 10:00 a.m. The solemn Eucharist with the Rite of Religious Profession presided by Rev. Rollin Jean-Marie Flores, the Provincial Superior of the Society of St. Paul, happened in the chapel of the said community. Four concelebrating priests—Rev. Fr. Rocky Sibayan and Rev. Fr. Luke Ong of the Alagad ni Maria, Rev. Fr. Khris Emmanuel Llacer, SSP and Rev. Fr. Willy, a Tongan SVD priest, were also present in the celebration. Sr. M. Anthony Basa, as the delegate of the Superior General, received the Vows with Sr. M. Geraldine Bucog and Sr. M. Aida Malonzo as witnesses.
The P-T-H Province also remembered in prayer and thanksgiving the rest of the sisters in the whole congregation especially those who have taken further steps in following Jesus our Divine Master.