225 Celebrations: Philippine Province
225 Years of Making Jesus Christ Known and Loved
“Salamat Kanimo, O Ginoo.”
This is how “Thanks to you, O Lord” is said in the Visayan dialect, here in the Philippines. Needless to say, the Sisters, their lay collaborators, students, alumni, parents/guardians, employees, orphans, benefactors, and friends were of one mind and heart in resounding these words of thanksgiving as they celebrated the 225th anniversary of the foundation of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary (PM) Congregation.
Last November 19, 2021, the year of thanksgiving was culminated by a series of varied activities. The simultaneous celebration of the Holy Eucharist in the communities and missions started the festivities in the morning. At the Provincial campus main chapel, the mass was presided over by a priest alumnus, Rev. Fr. Voltaire Dimol together with the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Maximo Bahinting and a priest from the seminary, Rev. Fr. Ruperto Hamili, also a PM school alumnus. Fr. Voltaire shared in his homily his deep gratitude to the Sisters who played an important part in the discovery and formation of his priestly vocation.
In the schools, the Sisters had their Holy Mass livestreamed so as to allow virtual participation among their students, employees, and other stakeholders. The celebration of thanksgiving in the Holy Mass was deepened more when the message of Mother Marie des Anges in a video was played for everyone to hear and see. What better way to feel the heartwarming virtual presence of a mother in this extraordinary time of celebration!
As in any other gathering, meal fellowship was present. After the Mass, lunch was served creatively in each mission for everyone to joyfully taste the goodness of the Lord. After lunch, the Sisters undertook different activities together with their collaborators. Some visited a partner community, Gawad Kalinga (Give Care) Village, and distributed grocery packs to the indigent residents. Recorded testimonies of gratitude from individuals whose lives were touched by the presence of the Sisters were shown. A school which had a virtual literary festival which was participated by the students such as slogan, poem, and song contests. In the interest of health and environment, the Sisters were in partnership with the government in the vaccination of 225 persons and planting of 225 fruit trees for a cleaner air. Moreover, in solidarity with the newly launched project, the Compassion Fund, each school donated P225.00 to the fund. Aside from the Holy Mass, spiritual activities of praying the rosary, and distributing mission rosaries to the different communities were done. These rosaries were made by the students in their Christian Living subject. Another activity is the visitation of the Holy Door of the designated pilgrim churches during this year of 500 years of Christianity (YOC) in the country.
As the Philippines is celebrating its 500th YOC with the theme: “Gifted to Give”, truly the Province has been so blessed to share and thus, has every reason to say: “Salamat Kanimo, O Ginoo.”