VINCENTIAN NEWS: JULY 2017 ISSUE
Vol. 25, no. 7. July 31, 2017. QC. Edited by Fr. DelaGoza, CM
896. Presbyteral Ordination of Hermy Colina (July 22).
The defining moment of life arrived to Hermy Colina last July 22 at the Santuario de San Vicente de Paul where he was ordained Priest by Bishop Antonio Tobias, the Ordinary of the Diocese of Novaliches. Fifty Priests, mostly Vincentians , some Sisters and Seminarians and several hundred lay persons came to witness the Priestly Ordination. There was also an international audience with people from Japan, Korea, Thailand, Lebanon, being present. As it coincided with the Superiors and Treasurers Meeting, the “Paulitos Meeting” and the lectures of Fr.Manimtim and Pilario, many confreres took occasion of the Ordination to update themselves. Rene Bernardo of the diocese of Caloocan was ordained deacon on the same day.
Fr. Hermy Colina hails from Cararayan, Tiwi, Albay. He is the son of Simeon and Aida and entered the Orientation Year on June 9,2009, then emitted the Bon Propos on June 24, 2015. His first assignment is to the Parish of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Calumpang, Molo, Iloilo. His Thanksgiving Mass will be on August 21 in Tiwi, Albay.
- Colina had many Vincentians and lay persons to give him support during the Ordination.
- His Excellency Bishop Antonio Tobias was gracious in presiding at the Ordination, delivered a short homily and stayed for the sumptuous lunch.
- The choir under the baton of Seminarian Mark Martin was excellent, as always, with trumpet blasts and all.
- The sound system of the Santuario was mercifully cooperative enough for people to hear the beautiful thank you.
- eager to show off his Vincentian training by mentioning St. Vincent and the Poor dozen of times during the thank you part of the celebration.
- hundreds of cameras to record the occasion. In addition to the official photographers, dozens of cellphones were utilized by relatives and friends.
- The catered food had nothing left to be desired. It is good to note that the people not only enjoyed the delicious food; they also enjoyed the time with friends and relatives.
897. Symposium on Vincentian Charism
Around a hundred priests and seminarians trooped to the SVST Auditorium at 221 Tandang Sora to listen to Fr. Manny Manimtim and Fr. Danny Pilario speak on the application of Vincentian Charism in our times. Specifically, Fr. Manimtim was given the topic “History of Vincentian Charism” but he noted that he was modifying the topic and had a very good presentation on the charism through three stages including, the post-Vatican II. Fr. Pilario talked about Politics of Power and applied it to the present day situation. Fr. Francis Cruz and the CCF members did an excellent job in preparing and holding the symposium.
The reactions were very numerous and very interesting indicating the interest of the Confreres to learn and appreciate more fully the charism of St. Vincent. For the added input on Vincentian charism and what other Provinces are doing, one can go to CM global and also to FamVin and find scholarly and interesting discussions on the topic. There is even a song accessible at the internet composed for the 400th Anniversary of the Vincentian Charism.
898. Korean Seminarians at DPH (July). Fourteen second year Theology students from South Korea made DePaul House their Center of exposure which included a few days in Payatas, one week in Nueva Ecija, one week in institutions in Metro Manila, among other activities. It was very interesting to observe and note the excellent behavior shown by these seminarians who will be priests within a few years. All of them looked eager, interested in their vocation, and desirous to learn English. The month long stay at DePaul House is part of their summer exposure outside of their own diocese.
The program consists of three parts: immersion in the Urban Setting, immersion in the Rural Setting and immersion in the Institutional setting. Up to July 17, they have had the “urban setting” in Payatas and have gone to Nueva Ecija for the “rural” setting immersion.
From their reports, they seemed to have benefited and enjoyed their stay in Payatas living with their foster families. They enjoyed talking with the people especially the numerous and playful children who come running to meet them. After a week in Nueva Ecija, they came back to DPH and went to various institutions, e.g. Hospicio de San Jose for some more immersion programs. All in all, it was a win-win situation , educational for them and inspiring to Filipinos.
899. Superiors and Treasurers Meeting in Angono (July 17-20).
Vincentian Hills seminary, nestled on the hills of Angono, Rizal, became alive not only with the sound of music but also with the presence of dozens of Superiors and Treasurers of the Philippine Province. They spent around four days talking about the usual problems related to the important offices of the local officials namely: community life, prayer life, apostolic life and finances. The whole Provincial Council, headed by Fr. Gregg Bañaga, was present. There were clear and definitive proposals on how to improve community, apostolic and prayer life. At DePaul House, Fr. Jimmy Belita shared with local community some of the important proposals, including the minutes of the house meetings which should be kept for historical purposes. There were also important reports, notably that of the Provincial Econome which highlighted the economic state of the Provincial finances.
900. Formation of Formators (July 27-28).
Practically all the Vincentian Formators attended the one and a half day seminar organized by CIF under the chairmanship of Fr. Raymond Regua. It was an eye opener not only for those of us who have been in formation for so many years but also for the various officers of the Province, including Fr.Gregg Bañaga, our new Provincial Visitor. Many topics were discussed , notably the sexual abuse Issue, the Asia-Pacific Common Internal Seminary in the Philippines,, etc. One can feel the interest and the many preoccupations of the Formators not only during the talk and the question and answer period but also the whole time that they attended the sessions.
The documents discussed were:
- The 2014 Ratio Formationis of the Congregation of the Mission. Fr. Bong Sarabia presented a beautiful Powerpoint presentation of the Ratio.
- The Gift of Priestly Vocation “Ratio Fundamentalis Institutionis Sacerdotalis.
- Pastoral Guidelines of the CBCP.
Proposal. As it was more or less a sounding board about the formation of our future Priests, the group were asked to make some proposals: 1. On the Internal Seminary of the Asia Pacific Region. A committee was set up to study and make proposal to the Provincial Visitor. 2. Professionalizing of our members and collaborators. There were many questions related to addiction problems that were discussed and addressed.
901. Philippine Province 1872.
As all of you are aware, July 29, 1872 is the official date of the becoming of the Philippine Vice Province into a Province. But few are aware that : 1) the official name was “Province of Manila;” 2) the first appointed Visitor of the Province was Fr. Valdivielso who refused, kept the appointment secret, resigned and was changed by Fr. Diego Salmeron; 3) The first Visitor of the Province of the Philippines was a Mexican…Fr. Diego Salmeron; 4) when the Philippines became a Province there were only 27 priests and 10 Brothers.
There are three pages in Vincentian in the Philippines (pages 11-117; this is accessible on the Internet… “Vincentians in the Philippines”) which dealt with the interesting transition of the Philippine Vice Province into the Province of Manila.
902. Random News.
1. Fr. Exequiel Galeron, CM. Fr. Exequiel Gleron, CM who was a formator in Angono and the last Spanish Director of the Daughters of Charity died in Madrid, Spain. He was 84 years old. Let us offer our prayers for this zealous missionary.
2. Presbyteral Ordination of Hermy Colina, CM. This year, the Province was lucky to salvage one ordination. As they say in Spanish “pocos pero buenos.” (Please see No.896).
3. Happy Strangers. There were around 60 visitors from Payatas (20 parents and 40 children) who came last July 29 at DePaul House. Even though they are suffering from the loss of one of their parents, after a little while, they enjoyed their visit to the DPH. The children were shouting, running around and enjoyed themselves the whole afternoon. That was the charism of St.Vincent at work. (Please see no. 904).
4. Zealous Missionary. Fr. Rolyn Vics, CM who is in working Australia sent a long “sharing” about his apostolate over there in Down Under. He is an example of a zealous missionary needed all over the world. Those of you are interested in getting a copy of his sharing may let me know or you can contact him directly by e-mail.
903. Retirement Home (Four weeks of July).
The weeks of July can be described as catch-up week with the workers trying the catch up the backlog and the suppliers trying to deliver the needed materials. There were two incidents wherein the delivery trucks got stuck on the road near the Provincial House. The workers had to empty the big truck full of sand which were placed right on the road. For one week, the road was impassable to the parishioners coming from Rosalia, Rema subdivisions. It was interesting to watch how the workers put the sand inside the cement containers, carried them into the construction sight mano-a-mano. The galvanized iron (hierro) are still to be delivered though they were supposed to arrive around the middle of July.
The progress of the construction is quite visible though. One can see the trusses all welded, most of the walls with cladding, and the important features of the building are already visible. The arches at the top of the recreation hall stands head and shoulder above the rest of the building as if beckoning for some artistic singers and piano players to play inside its nice and spacious arcade. The walls of the rooms are all plastered and waiting for Boysen paint to make them look even more beautiful and pleasing to the eye of the beholder.
904 . Happy Strangers: Payatas Kids (July 29). How do you deal with children who have lost their fathers to “Tokhang.” How can you make them happy? Actually the DePaul House became the center of happiness and laughter for several hours as around 40 small children (generally below ten) were brought in from the Payatas area where our Parish is located. They have lost their fathers but had their mothers or grandparents available to stay with them. Some seminarians and some priests were around to talk with them, to show them some movies and give some lecture to the mothers and grandparents.
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Fr. Rolando S. DelaGoza, CM