• The Claretians in Southern Mindanao Prepares for Bangsamoro

    Among the Claretian communities all over the Philippines, the whole Basilan Claretian community in Basilan peninsula and the four ministries namely, Claret School of Tumahubong (CST), San Vicente Ferrer Parish, Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish (IHMP) in Maluso and Claret Samal Bajau Foundation (CSFI) will be under the Bangsamoro. It is due to the present political condition of the place. The municipality of Sumisip and Maluso are under the autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and subsequently be included in Bangsamoro. Consequently, the community in Basilan put emphasis on the preparation on the Bangsamoro during one of their community meetings. They uttered that the only thing that they can do is preparation for themselves and for their respective ministries. Thus they made mechanisms for the preparations. The preparation of the Claretian Community in Basilan has two facets. Those are information gathering about the whole spectrum of Bangsamoro and information dissemination to ...

    Sunday, 19 October 2014
  • Fr Pop's Anniversary

    Fr. Arvin Bellen, CMF and Fr Julius Boado, CMF, both assigned in the Claretian mission in Sarangani, joined the Pontifical Institute of Foreign Missions (PIME) in remembering the death of the Italian Priest, Fr. Fausto “Pops” Tentorio last October 17, 2014 in their mission area. ...

    Saturday, 18 October 2014
  • CSFI Children's Day Celebration Held

    Maluso, Basilan. Claret Samal Foundation (CSFI) had its Children’s Day celebration at the Bajau Wellness Sanctuary last Friday, October 10, 2014. Eighty one Bajau pupils from different Bajau communities under the Pre-school and Kinder classes attended the said celebration. It aims to provide avenues for all the Bajau pupils to gather, to develop their social skills and to establish friendship among themselves through games, dancing and singing. Children’s rights and protection have been integrated as well to better equip them of their basic rights. ...

    Friday, 10 October 2014
  • Claretians of the South Regional Gathering Held in Basilan

    Isabela City. The Claretians of the South gathered together last October 6 and 7, 2014 at the Sunrise House for their regional gathering for the 4th quarter of 2014. The gathering started with a talk of Hon. Peter Eisma, member of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) who explained to the Claretians the content of the Bansangmoro Basic Law and its implications in the Claretian Missions specially in the areas that will belong to the Bansangmoro teritory. JPIC Commission Head, Bro. Nicer Natulla, CMF organized the invitation to Hon. Eisma. Then a personal reflection on the message of the General for the upcoming General Chapter was held in the afternoon and the sharing was held during the Eucharistic celebration. The following day, the group went to Malamawi Island for their recreation in the beach. Three members were not able to join the group: Bro. Joseph was in the hospital, Fr. Calvo is on his trip to Manila, and Fr. Max is in Spain for his vacation. ...

    Tuesday, 07 October 2014
  • Youth Solidarity For Peace and Mindanao Week of Peace Preparation

    Zamboanga City. Some seventy (70) young leaders actively participated in the Trainers' Training last Monday, September 29, 2014 at Akay Sofia Hall, Claret School of Zamboanga City in preparation for this year's Mindanao Week of Peace Celebration. The young leaders from the different communities in the City underwent sessions on the Culture of Peace, walked on the Six Paths to Peace and learned the Roles of Youth in peace building. During Fr. Angel C. Calvo's inspirational message, he emphasized the importance of the youth and their participation in peace building while Mr. Joshua Pierra, MyDev Technical Skills Coordinator and Lead Facilitator of the said training emphasized more on the importance of learning the basic concepts on peace, Mindanao Week of Peace and volunteerism. At the end of the training, majority of the youth committed, showed enthusiasm and was declared as official volunteers for this year's Mindanao Week of Peace. Some members of the Youth Solidarity for Peace (YSP) ...

    Monday, 29 September 2014
  • ZABIDA Received Another Certificate of Appreciation

    Zamboanga City. Another award was given to ZABIDA by the National Government at the City Hall of Zamboanga City last Monday, September 29, 2014 for the invaluable and humanitarian support it rendered to the City of Zamboanga as one of the many other civil society organizations during the September siege last year. The award was given during the "Una Celebracion de Victorio Y Paz" graced by DILG Sec. Mar Roxas, DND Sec. Voltaire Gazmin USec. Emmanuel Bautista and others. ...

    Monday, 29 September 2014
  • Pangasahan Learning Center is Being Repaired

    Lantawan, Basilan. The repair of Pangasahan Learning Center in the the island of Pangasahan, Lantawan, Basilan started last Wednesday, September 24, 2014, a year after the abduction of two of its staff. The community organizer, the Claret Samal Foundation, Inc. and its partners are hopeful of providing again the educational needs of the bajaus in the area despite the reality of the area. The center stopped its classes and had been closed since the abduction of the two staff in 2013. The children were transfered and are currently forced to travel to the mainland learning centers to continue their schooling.     ...

    Thursday, 25 September 2014
  • ZABIDA Unveils New Psycho-Social Healing Project for Wounded City

    Zamboanga City. A new systematic initiative to heal the potentially socially-explosive psycho-social wounds from the year-ago Moro rebels’ siege of Zamboanga has been launched in the city. At the monthly meeting of the Interreligious Solidarity for Peace (ISP) last Saturday, September 20, Zamboanga-Basilan Integrated Development Alliance, Inc. (ZABIDA) unveiled its “Re-Unidos: Social Cohesion for Peace Project” before the members and guests of the civil society peace-building movement. ZABIDA will tap the Re-Unidos group which it formed months ago to spearhead implementation of the project. The project has two major components. The first is the “Capacity-Building for Facilitators Training” to equip some 30 volunteers who will later handle the healing sessions. The training will take place next month of October, ZABIDA executive director Esperancita Hupida said in her presentation. Once the healing counselors are ready, they will hold a series of sessions in schools for youths and p ...

    Saturday, 20 September 2014
  • CSFI and IHMP Held A Forum on Bansang Moro Basic Law

    Maluso, Basilan. Claret Samal Foundation, Inc. together with the parishioners of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish (IHMP) had a Forum on Bangsamoro Basic Law at 8:00 in the morning of Saturday, September 13, 2014 at the IHMP Convent Hall. Hon. Peter Eisma, one of the commissioners appointed to draft the basic law, was invited to be the speaker. ...

    Saturday, 13 September 2014
  • The Claretians of the North Meet the General

    Quezon City. The Claretians of the North met Fr. Josep Abella, CMF, General Superior of the Congregation, Friday morning, September 12, 2014 at the Institute of Consecrated Life for Asia in Quezon City. Members of the communities of ICLA, Theology House, Claret Formation Center, Mayumi, and the Curia community received Father General with a warm welcome and had a short dialogue and discourse on the upcoming General Chapter and his purpose of his visit in the Philippines. After a period of discussion, Father General celebrated a mass with them at the ICLA chapel.  Fr. Abella  is in the Philippines for his Canonical visit. He already visited Vietnam community last Sunday.      ...

    Friday, 12 September 2014
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Updates on the Aftermath of Yolanda
Provincial Government
Ormoc City - November 21, 2013 - Fr. Eduardo Apungan, CMF reported morning of Thursday that 2000 household from the six barangays under the care of the Claretians are now in queue at the Claret Novitiate House for the distribution of the 1000 sacks of relief goods that were sent thru private boat that arrived last Tuesday in Ormoc and brought directly to Sitio OCREP where the Mission Center is to be found. Fr Educ said that there are almost 2,500 households in the six barangays (Milagro, Lake Danao, Cabintan, Gaas, Liberty, Dolores) that were affected. Furthermore, he said that trip to Cebu and vice versa is now available so it is easy already to buy rice and stocks from there. The sad thing is that no government relief goods are distributed in the area. Only in some parts that the helicopter would drop relief. There is a very longe queue of trucks and buses in the Pan-Phil highway in Matnog, stranded and could not bring in more goods. The only best way to bring in food and materials i...
Into the Mountain: One Week Exposure
Missionary Diary
          Nowadays there are many new technologies coming from different countries. The cultures are fast changing, some taboos in the past are now considered as natural phenomena. Mass media is one of the big factors that contribute to our changing world. A single change affects the community, the family and the person itself. Most of the youths are having parties left and right and spending money for buckets of beer and going home late at night. Children are on to play station, computer games and game boy and the parents are busy doing their work. This picture tells us that everyone has its own work to do. The kitchen table with its bounty of food is only surrounded by empty chairs.              Year 2011, November 5-13, one week exposure in the mountain. The Claretian postulants had an opportunity to live in the mountain where there were no malls, hotels, game boy, and computers. Eve...
POSTULANTemplars Forth to Pilgrimage
Twenty Claretian Postulants of F.Y. 2011-2012 (also known as Templars) stayed at Brgy. Lutao, Albuera, Leyte from February 20 -24, 2012 for their Retreat. Since it was their last Retreat as Postulants, the Postulant master, Fr. Elmer Cantular, CMF intended it to be memorable and special by inviting Fr. Mauricio Ulep, CMF as the Retreat master. Fr. Mau’s busy schedule as the Director of Claret School of Zamboanga did not hinder him from sharing the fire to the incoming Junior Novices.              “A Spiritual Journey” formally started on February 21, 2012 as Fr. Mau guided each Templar to the “JOURNEY through SIGN POSTS”. Each day of the Retreat was an opportunity to reflect on each of the five sign posts, meditate on a particular Gospel reading and spend the remaining time in silence and prayer. As the sea kisses the setting sun at 6:00, the community would once again be gathered around the altar with Christ, to celebrate the Hol...
TakBokasyon 2012 Tumakbo Na!
Vocation Office

Quezon City Claret Vocation Office sucessfully held its TakBOKASYON 2012 Run for Claretian Vocations, early morning of Saturday at the Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City. The event that was prepared by the Claretian Family particularly in cooperation with Claret School of Quezon City, Claretian Communications Foundation, Inc., Claret Urban Poor Apostolate, Claretian Seminaries in Quezon City, RMI & MC Sisters, & Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish was participated by more than five hundred runners and hundred walk- in particpants and staff.



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Daily Gospel

  • Gospel: Lk 12:35–38 -
         Be ready, dressed for service, and keep your lamps lit, like people waiting for their master to return from the wedding. As soon as he comes and knocks, they will open the door to him. Happy are those servants whom the master finds wide-awake when he comes. Truly, I tell you, he will put on an apron, and have them sit at table, and he will wait on them. Happy are those servants, if he finds them awake when he comes at midnight or daybreak!

        During the early Christian community, people had this sense of alertness with regard to the second coming of Jesus. They lived in an apocalyptic time. That



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