PHILIPPINE PROVINCE: Echoes of the Mission

PHILIPPINE PROVINCE: Echoes of the Mission

 

Philippines Mission Celebrates 71 Years!

“One day my daughters will cross the seas.”  This prophecy of Blessed Marie Rivier came to life again, when four of her daughters from then, Manchester Province in United States, bravely crossed the seas, bringing the spirit and mission of the Woman Apostle to the Philippines. The sisters first arrived in Siasi, Sulu in the island of Mindanao, the southern part of the country on October 26, 1950.

71 years of evangelizing presence in the lives of the Filipinos is such a blessing worthy of rejoicing and celebration.  Although unable to physically gather together, the sisters of the Philippine Province, with lay collaborators, held a simultaneous celebration of the Holy Eucharist in their different schools. They were joined livestream by their students, pupils and friends.  With gratitude for the gifts of faith, community, vocation, and mission, in one voice, they thanked the Lord, the source of all.

Togetherness is a special mark in the life of the family of Mother Rivier. The Eucharistic celebration was followed by the different activities of formation session for the employees who reflected on their faith and relationship with Jesus, and their personal and professional growth.  In small groups, they reflected and shared a heart-searching question on, “How do we foster an ambiance of faith, a joyful hope and a warm friendly atmosphere to all those who will be coming to us, the poor, the most marginalized, the most hurting, and the least loved?” 

Some have fun games and trivia on the life of Mother Rivier, and Pandelympics 2021 (pandemic and Olympics) which delighted everyone.  The physical movements have helped in alleviating the stressful impact of COVID 19 especially among the teachers who have been very much challenged academically in the new normal. 

In the spirit of Marie Rivier’s love for the poor, there is always time to share with our brothers and sisters. The sisters together with their employees and lay collaborators, courageously went to the peripheries to share their material blessings. As we celebrate the month of the Holy Rosary, rosaries were also given. 

For this milestone in the life of the Philippine Province, the sisters can only declare with Mother Rivier, “All for God!  All through His Holy Love!  

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