My Christmas “yes”

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 I just can’t imagine how festive the atmosphere right now knowing that we are already on the 4th and the last Sunday of Advent which coincides with the last day of “Simbang Gabi” and that finally the long wait is over!

 Every year the advent preparation always has a Marian tone. Mary’s presence as a Mother never destroyed and will never ruin the rhythm of any liturgical season much more the story of man’s salvation. In fact, of all the people, she knows best what and how it is to wait, to hope and to celebrate. Mary perfectly lived the advent and Christmas and for this she is the best model, guide and teacher that we could have in understanding with a deeper faith our role in the Incarnation of Christ, our Lord.

The readings for today lead us to the reality of Christ’s unselfish love for men as narrated in the dialogue between God and David as intermediated by the prophet Nathan in the second book of Samuel as well as in the letter of St. Paul to the Romans. Likewise, this unselfish love is best expressed I believe with the soft, sweet and modulated voice of Mary saying: “I am the handmaid of the Lord be it done to me according to your word.” This love is set to bring back to man the true sense of joy that can only be experienced in true freedom. For this, Christ is coming!

Nevertheless, His coming was foretold by Gabriel to Mary. And this is where our reflection is leading us. How do we translate the fiat of Mary in our time where the reality of the world is challenging the truth of this unselfish love? How relevant is the “yes” of Mary in a world beset with egoism, animosity and indifference? Let us look at Mary, stop for a while and listen attentively like a child who longs to hear his mother’s voice. A voice that will surely lead us to where the true joy lies—in the manger.

In the 1st reading where God told Nathan to tell David this seemingly rhetorical question “Is it you who would build me a house to dwell in? But the real reason lies deeper in the desire of the Lord to remind David that it is He who is in control. Looking at what is going on around we find ourselves in the same situation. We control the world and even control God! We make the world appear bigger than the one who created it. We are the salt of the earth but we lose this identity when we are separated from the source of our saltiness. Like, when man starts to recognize more of himself and his needs than what he can share. And when prayer starts to have its sense only when one is in dire need. On the other hand, this was contradicted by Mary’s fiat when the angel Gabriel greeted her “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you” she knew right there and then that the real reason lies in the unselfish and generous love of God. She was blessed not because of her own merit but because of her Son. So, therefore, the Fiat of Mary entails wisdom that is capable of recognizing in the real world the genuine source of all that is good which is Jesus the One who is to come!

The words of St. Paul to the Romans “the mystery which was kept secret for long ages but is now disclosed…” reveals God´s covenant he made with Abraham and his people. The assurance that He indeed never left us alone and will never abandon us. Paul healed his Roman brothers from their fears, confusions and incredulity by reaffirming and encouraging them that Jesus Christ is the Emmanuel and that indeed, He is with them. Though the world is full of surprises and they come in different forms. Some would receive it in a special form of a problem. Others are overwhelmed by the massive breach between nations, brothers and families still God stayed with us. He left us a clue of his healing in the person of Mary when the angel Gabriel said to her “do not be afraid Mary…” The Fiat of Mary assumes the responsibility of becoming God’s healing to any form of divisions and pains.

The presence of Elizabeth, the cousin of Mary in the story of Christ’s auto-revelation has something to do with how Christ envisioned his Church. Likewise, the “yes – be it done to me according to your word” of Mary came after the angel revealed to her that her cousin also received the biggest surprise of her life just like her. This discloses God’s omnipotence that there is nothing impossible under his watchful eyes and that underlines the response of his Church, the people whom he loves the most. Time and again, the Fiat of Mary is the attitude of the Church of Christ, to be receptive to the call of Christ to continue his mission.

Every time that passes by one thing is so sure that we also grow in age. Like Mary, as we grow in age we must also grow in wisdom that we may be able to see Christ, the real reason of our joy and the source of all that is good amidst the glittering lights and decors around us. He is the reason to celebrate.

Like Mary, let us be God’s healing to our many ignored and marginalized poor brothers and be part of the healing process our country and the other nations needed as we welcome the birth of our Savior.

Like Mary, let us be the Church of People that Christ wants us to be. A Church that is willing to carry with open heart the mission of Christ to evangelize. Let us be the Church that welcomes brothers and shares the joy of having Christ.

Now that we are a few hours away from celebrating the birth of Christ, we are called to be like our Mother Mary. Christmas is about the Fiat. Christ gave his “yes” and Mary as well.  Be brave! Make a difference. Instead of making a Christmas wish or list why not your “yes.” Christmas would be more meaningful if we would give and share our “yes,”  too.

 

FELIZ NAVIDAD A TODOS!

 

Fray Allan M. Jacinto, OAR

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    EASTER TRIDUUM STARTS: HOLY THURSDAY

    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Dolores Nipales, SAR (Talisay Chapter)
    Patricia Carille Peña (RAY-Cavite)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Bro. Enrique Ramos, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)

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    April 2, 2021

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    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Edith Davao, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    Sis. Aurora Singson, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    Sis. Francisca Kalalo, SAR (Manila Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Teresita Timbol, SAR (Miranila Chapter)

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    HOLY SATURDAY

    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Cecilia Lacandazo, SAR (Brooke’s Point Chapter)
    Sis. Lourdes Ducay, SAR (Brooke’s Point Chapter)
    Bo. Joaquin Matus, SAR (Bacolod Chapter)
    Teddy Lomibao (RAY-Urbiztondo)

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (1994-2021)
    Fray Cirilo Andan

    ANNIVERSARY OF EPISCOPAL ORDINATION
    (1981-2021)
    Most Rev. Gabriel Reyes, D.D. (Diocese of Antipolo)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Fray Melquiades Modequillo
    +Sr. Ma. Mercedes de los Sgdos. Corazones, AR
    +Sr. Aurelia Cagang, AR

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    EASTER SUNDAY

    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR VOCATIONS (cf. LAMP 5c)

    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Arsenia Fajardo, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Isidora Dangcalan, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Mo. Mercedes del Sgdo. Corazon de Jesus, AR

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    PATRONAL FIESTA
    Diocesan Shrine of San Vicente Ferrer, Talisay City, Negros Occidental
    Mobile Procession: 8:00 a.m.
    Mass: 10: 00 a.m

    BIRTHDAY\
    Fray Vincent Cadeliña
    Fray Jhyryx Vincent Gamulo (simply prof.)
    Sis. Irene Ortega, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Sis. Teresita Datu, SAR (Puerto Princesa Chapter)
    Bro. Allan Timones, SAR (Puerto Princesa Chapter)

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (1997-2021)
    Fray Ferdinand Fornilos
    Fray Julius Marcos
    Fray Cristopher Maspara
    Fray Corvin Maturan
    Fray Vicente Ramon Jr.
    Fray Anthony Morillo

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Toribia de la Virgen de la Paz, AR
    +Sr. Ma. Cristina Verzosa, AR
    +Sr. Ma. Resurreccion Jayme, AR

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    BLESSING OF THE JUBILEE DOOR
    Our Lady of Consolation Parish, Quezon City
    Time: 6:00 p.m.
    Presider: Most Rev. Roberto Gaa, DD

    BIRTHDAY
    Bernadette Zapanta (RAY-Urbiztondo)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Hermenegilda Axalan, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)

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    BIRTHDAY
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    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (1996-2021)
    Fray Sixto Bitangjol

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    BIRTHDAY
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    Sis. Dolores Vingson, SAR (Talisay Chapter)
    Antonette Cayabyab (RAY-Urbiztondo)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Maria de Santa Rita, AR
    +Sr. Candida Umali, AR

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    DAY OF VALOR/ARAW NG KAGITINGAN

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Dolores Daquilanea, AR
    Sis. Marlyn Gomez, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Sis. Niebel Isabel Abkilan, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (2006-2021)
    Fray Radni Caparas
    Fray Dexter Palagtiosa

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    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Lounal Jarumay
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    Sr. Ingrid Gueriña, AR
    Bro. Chit Evangelista, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Asuncion Yao, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Suzan Grandeza, SAR (Bacolod Chapter)
    Sis. Wilfreda Tuban, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Brigida Jamisola, AR
    +Sis. Felicisima Barangan, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

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    Mike Dave Tilar (RAY-Laray)

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (1993-2021)
    Fray Ronel Gealon

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Bro. Wilfredo Alonzo, SAR (Manila Chapter)

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    60th ANNIVERSARY (1961-2021) OF THE FIRST MAN IN SPACE

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Joel Dequilla
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    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Fidela Advincula, AR
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    Maebelle Agramon (RAY-Provincialate)

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (1980-2021)
    Archbp. Peter Liu Cheng-chung, D.D. (Archdiocese of Kaohsiung)

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    500th ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST BAPTISM IN THE PHILIPPINES (that took place in Cebu)

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Neil Robert Alilain (simply prof.)
    Fray Lloyd Jorem Terania (novice)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE & SOLEMN PROFESSIONS
    (1966-2021; 1969-2021)
    Fray Joaquin Jamelo

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    Most Rev. Victor Bendico, D.D. (Bishop of Baguio)
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    (2012-2021)
    Fray Nestor Raras
    Fray James Castelo
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    Fray Ralph Laureen Ciceron

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    BIRTHDAY
    Bro. Pedro Arienda, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Ma. Lisa Atotubo, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Bp. Gregorio Espiga, OAR, D.D.
    +Sis. Thelma Calma, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    +Sis. Zenaida de la Rosa, SAR (Miranila Chapter)

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    BIRTHDAY
    Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI
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    Sr. Maria Veronica Mendez, AR
    Bro. Edwin Ruiz, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Felicisima Tirona, SAR (Cavite Chapter)

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    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Nenita Badana, SAR (Laray Chapter)

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    GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY

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    Sis. Yolanda Alea, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
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    Sis. Lilia Gomez, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)

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    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR THE SICK (cf. LAMP 5c)

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (1992-2021)
    Fray Joel Naranja
    Fray Emilio Edgardo Quilatan
    Fray Antonio Limchaypo

    (2009-2021)
    Fray Arian Josef Ocheda
    Fray Samuel Eyas

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Gregoria Ibarra, AR

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    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Norma Lacopia, SAR (Baguio Chapter)
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    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (2003-2021)
    Fray Glynn Ortega
    Fray Albert Pellazar

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Leonarda Arnaiz, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    +Sis. Lorie Gargarita, SAR (Baguio Chapter)

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    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Edna Paredes, SAR (Puerto Princesa Chapter)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1990-2021)
    Fray Rouel Sia
    Fray Joel Villaruel

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Fray Cirilo Durana

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    April 22, 2021

    EARTH DAY (cf. LAMP 52)

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Persiuz Joseph Decena
    Fray Helfrid Palmis (simply prof.)
    Sis. Norma Comandante, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Alyssa Kate Alviola (RAY-Valencia)

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    April 23, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Marilou Delmoro, AR

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (2000-2021)
    Fray Urbano Galanido
    Fray Mark Rochele Renacia
    Fray Renie Villalino

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Asteria Tan, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    +Bro. Cirilo Salas, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)

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    April 24, 2021

    FEAST OF THE CONVERSION OF ST. AUGUSTINE

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Bob Cabanag
    Fray Rafael Pecson
    Sis. Elizabeth Pasague, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Sis. Fe Santos, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Sis. Caridad Bantolinao, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Sis. Fidela Loreto, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Gloria Ramos, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Kaye Anne Mendoza (RAY-Urbiztondo)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1994-2021)
    Fray Amado Emmanuel Bolilia
    Fray Jonathan Caballero

    (1999-2021)
    Fray Romeo Ben Potencio

    (2004-2021)
    Fray Renier Alviola
    Fray Bob Cabanag
    Fray Arian Josef Ocheda
    Fray Christopher Gaspar

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    April 25, 2021

    FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

    WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Hermina Billate, AR
    Sis. Lourdes Alburo, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1987-2021)
    Fray Cirilo Andan
    Fray Leander Barrot
    Fray Leopoldo Estioko
    Fray Antonio Limchaypo
    Fray Gaudencio Geronimo de Mesa, Jr.
    Fray Nemesio Tolentin

    (1992-2021)
    Fray Ferdinand Fornilos
    Fray Julius Marcos
    Fray Cristopher Maspara
    Fray Corvin Maturan
    Fray Anthony Morillo
    Fray Vicente Ramon, Jr.

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (2014-2021)
    Fray Jose Teodulfo Jadulco
    Fray Hector Gonzales
    Fray Jess Marco Sanchez

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    April 26, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Raymund Alcedo
    Sr. Constancia Reyes, AR
    Sis. Felicely Estadilla, SAR (Manila Chapter)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1997-2021)
    Fray Raymund Alcedo
    Fray Louie Gabinete
    Fray Jay Parilla
    Fray Albert Pellazar
    Fray Niño Cesar Ruiz
    Fray Jerome Virtudazo

    (2003-2021)
    Fray Roy Baluarte
    Fray Allan Rubett Cabatian
    Fray Samuel Eyas
    Fray Dominador Mercado, Jr.
    Fray Allan Jacinto

    (2014-2021)
    Fray Monday Benjamine Edobor
    Fray Andrie Pugate
    Fray Jovy Gallego
    Fray Jessriel Marcha
    Fray Tomokatsu Yamaguchi
    Fray Ifeanyichukwu Maximillian Omem

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Ma. Natividad de San Jose, AR
    +Sis. Justiniana Samson, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

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    April 27, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Lucille Encabo, AR
    Sis. Milagros Bangit, SAR (Brokke’s Point Chapter)
    Ivy Ann Panergo (RAY-Urbiztondo)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1996-2021: SILVER JUBILARIANS)
    Fray Jose Alden Alipin
    Fray Don Besana
    Fray James Bumangabang
    Fray Arnel Diaz
    Fray Rommel Rubia
    Fray Edgar Tubio

    (2002-2021)
    Fray Roderick Deguit
    Fray Ian Anthony Espartero
    Fray Teodulo Hayahay
    Fray Excel Saycon

    (2013-2021)
    Fray Kenneth Caligdong
    Fray Keneth Pahamutang
    Fray Paul Demillones
    Fray Robin Ross Plata
    Fray Neil Ryan Jarumay
    Fray Jorr Rabacal
    Fray Elpedio Sarita, Jr.

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Natividad Medina, SAR (Cavite Chapter)

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    April 28, 2021

    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR THE MISSIONS (cf. LAMP 5c)

    SPA, VALENCIA: RECOGNITION DAY

    CST-R, SAN CARLOS: RECOGNITION DAY

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Maria Lirio Guillermo, AR
    Sis. Ceres Alcantara, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Prudencia Fabros, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)
    Bro. Angelito Galosino, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Bryan Angelo Ferrer (RAY-Urbiztondo)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (2001-2021)
    Fray Feliciano Campomanes Jr.
    Fray Roland Cepe
    Fray Henry Santiago
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    Fray Jonathan Jamero
    Fray Russell Lapidez
    Fray Virgilio Paredes Jr.
    Fray Gideon Antolin Lagrimas

    (2012-2021)
    Fray Mark Saludes
    Fray Roweno Eugenio Hamo

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Antonina Lopez, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    +Sis. Josefina Laboriante, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

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    April 29, 2021

    CST-R, SAN CARLOS: MOVING UP CEREMONY

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Hector Gonzales
    Sis. Gloria Heidi Bayona, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1989-2021)
    Fray Emilio Jaruda Jr.

    (1995-2021)
    Fray Urbano Galanido
    Fray Jaazeal Jakosalem
    Fray Mark Rochelle Renacia
    Fray Renie Villalino

    (2006-2021)
    Fray Persiuz Joseph Decena

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (1986-2021)
    Most Rev. Gerardo Alminaza, D.D. (Diocese of San Carlos, Negros Occ.)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Pilar de San Jose , AR

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    April 30, 2021

    SPA, VALENCIA: GRADUATION CEREMONIES

    CST-R, SAN CARLOS: GRADUATION CEREMONIES

    BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Mavieve Joy Bernaldez, AR
    Fray Jhoben Rodriguez (simply prof.) Sis. Julieta Dawa, SAR (Laray Chapter)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION

    (1988-2021)
    Fray Paulino Romel Dacanay
    Fray Ronel Gealon

    (1993-2021)
    Fray Jose Ernil Almayo
    Fray Joel Alve
    Fray Randolph Castulo Castillo Jr.
    Fray Charlito Orobia

    (2000-2021)
    Fray Vincent Cadeliña
    Fray Radni Caparas
    Fray Dexter Palagtiosa

    (2005-2021)
    Fray Michael Catama
    Fray William Cordero Jr.
    Fray Kenneth Joseph Onda
    Fray James Dexter Tanquis

    (2011-2021)
    Fray Nimrod Launio
    Fray Rafael Pecson
    Fray Jerik Troy Siozon
    Fray John Paul Tanquis
    Fray Jayferson Baldelovar
    Fray Leo Neil Bullos
    Fray Sir Michael Dineros
    Fray John Zachary Haguisan
    Fray Lounal Jarumay
    Fray Enrico Nacorda
    Fray Nelson Plohimon

    (2016-2021)
    Fray Ramon Bitancor III

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Milagros Concepcion, SAR (Manila Chapter)

 

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