Top cleric members from all over the world of the Congregation of the Mission (CM), or the Vincentians, held their 2019 Visitors’ Meeting at Adamson University and elsewhere in Metro Manila last June 22 to July 8.
The gathering was highlighted by the Vincentian Family Encounter on July 6 at Adamson theater. Welcoming the guests were Adamson president Fr. Marcelo V. Manimtim, CM and CM Philippines provincial Fr. Gregorio Bañaga Jr.
Vincentian superior general Fr. Tomaz Mavric, CM led the 43 foreign delegates, including members of the CM General Council during the visit to Adamson.
Fr. Tomaz Mavric blessed the new Museo ng Medalya Milagrosa. He later toured the Adamson University Museum.
Providing entertainment were the Adamson University Chorale and the AdU Folk Dance Troupe.
Vincentian foreign delegates toured San Agustin Museum and Manila Cathedral in Intramuros.
The CM Visitors Meeting tackled Vincentian formation, community relations and new evangelization.
Fr. Renato Ruelos, CM, treasurer of the Vincentian Family Multi-Purpose Cooperative, presided over the send-off Misa ng Sambayanang Pilipino last July 7 at the Santuario de San Vicente de Paul in Tandang Sora, Quezon City.
Mary as a model of Christian discipleship will be the focus of the Marian Encounter Seminar on Sept. 29, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the University of Santo Tomas Tan Yan Kee Student Center, España, Manila.
Related topics to be discussed are the papal encyclical “Evangelii Gaudium” and consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Speakers are Msgr. Claro “Matt” Garcia, parish priest of St. Alphonsus de Liguori Parish, Magallanes, Makati City; Fr. Francis Gustilo, SDB, vice dean, Institute for Salesian Studies, Don Bosco School of Theology; and Fr. Romerico Prieto, parish priest, San Antonio de Padua Parish, San Francisco del Monte, Quezon City.
Eucharistic celebration will be presided by Fr. Mark Brian Adona, SSS.
The Missionaries of Mary (MOM) is a lay Marian community that has been organizing the seminar three times a year. It also hosts “MOM On Air” broadcast over Radio Veritas (846 AM) every first Saturday, 8-9 p.m.
Seminar fee of P150 will include lunch and snacks. (For more information, tel. 7412830)
Feast of St. Dominic
Members of the Dominican family of friars, sisters, lay people and clerical fraternities all over the country celebrated the Solemnity of St. Dominic de Guzman, founder of the Order of Preachers (OP), or Dominicans, last Aug. 8 at Santo Domingo Church in Quezon City.
Legend has it that the Blessed Mother gave the rosary to St. Dominic and historically, the Dominicans have been the primary advocates of the rosary devotion.
Making the affair extra memorable was the presence of the very Rev. Gerard Francisco Timoner II, OP, who was elected last July 13 as the new Master of the Dominican Order, the first Filipino and the first Asian.
Father Timoner will succeed French Dominican physician Fr. Bruno Cadore, OP, of whom he was socius or associate for the Asia-Pacific in the Dominican curia in Rome before his election.
Timoner is the 88th successor of St. Dominic.
He is the lone Philippine member of the 30-man International Theological Commission, which advises Pope Francis.