• Pre-capitular Assembly in Quezon City

    Quezon City, Philippines. The Philippine Province celebrated its pre-capitular assembly from September 28-30, 2015 at the Claret Retreat House. The pre-capitular assembly was convoked with three  objectives, namely: to review and reflect on the Province’s mission in the life of the Church, to evaluate the commitments of the previous Provincial Chapter  and to know the issues  to be discussed in the upcoming XIV Provincial Chapter on February 22-27, 2016. It was attended by perpetually professed members coming from different missionary posts in the Philippines, Vietnam and Australia. Also present in the pre-capitular assembly was Fr. Leo M. Dalmao, CMF recently elected General Prefect of Formation, who expressed his gratitude to the Province for the opportunity to serve as major superior for almost 6 years. The assembly opened with an initial reflection on “The Joy of the Gospel in the mission of Asia and the Philippines” delivered by Fr. Antonio Pernia, SVD forme ...

    Thursday, 01 October 2015
  • General Consultors Elected

    Rome. We began the day with the Eucharistic celebration presided by the Superior General. In this Mass Fr. Mathew invited the participants to be internally serene, free and guided by the light of the Spirit of God, especially in the discernment they have to make to elect the consultors of the General Government. The Word of God, taken from the Gospel of St. Luke, led him to exhort the chapter members to be clear with the horizon of the Kingdom of God and the spirit of the beatitudes that orients the consecrated life. The central point of the morning session was the election of the consultors, according to the structure approved on September 7, last Monday. The first election was for the consultor without prefecture. Fr. Henry Omonisaye was elected in the first round of ballot. He is the Mayor Superior of the Delegation of West Nigeria till now (Photo 1). The second turn of voting was to elect the General Econome. In the first round of ballot, the election fell on Fr. Manue ...

    Wednesday, 09 September 2015
  • Fr. Mathew Vattamattam, CMF: Newly Elected General Superior

    Rome. During the morning session of 5 September 2015, Saturday,  the General Chapter elected Fr. Mathew Vattamattam CMF, as the 13th Superior General of the Congregation of the Claretian Missionaries. The day of election began at 7:00 hrs with the Eucharistic celebration. We invoked the light of the Holy Spirit in the Mass to guide this transcendental discernment for the Institute.The formal session in chapter hall began at 9:00 hrs and it was prolonged till 10:00 hrs, the moment in which, the absolute majority was obtained in the third voting. Fr. Josep M. Abella who moderated the session asked him, as per the custom, about his acceptance. Fr. Mathew asked for a few minutes to express his sentiments, beginning with the expression “We are missionaries” and referring to the availability of former Superior Generals, Frs. Gustavo Alonso, Aquilino Bocos and Josep M. Abella, and thus, he concluded accepting this great responsibility. His message was welcomed with a warm applause by t ...

    Saturday, 05 September 2015
  • Meet Him in the Cloud

    Quezon City, Philippines. One hundred fifty five youth and members of the Claretian Family of ASCLA East from Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia, and the Philippines met in Quezon City Philippines to meet Jesus in the "cloud" last August 3 to 8, 2015 during the 1st ASCLA East Youth Gathering plus Claretian Family or the now commonly known as the 1st AEYG 2015 + CF. Delegates from ASCLA West, namely from Chennai Province and North East India also came to learn and be part of the experience. The Religious of Mary Immaculate Claretian Missionary Sisters also sent members from Sri Lanka, Indonesia, East Timor, Korea, Japan and the Philippines. The Missionary Sisters of St. Anthony Mary Claret also sent participants from Indonesia, Brazil and the Philippines. Lay people who are working with the Claretian institutions also joined the gathering making it more meaningful and more fruitful. The main thrust of the first AEYG, aside from the attempt to strengt ...

    Saturday, 08 August 2015
  • Provincial Retreat with Fr. Smyth

    Calamba City. Claretian Missionaries of the Philippine Province gathered together at the Mornese Spiritual Center in Pansol, Laguna for their annual provincial retreat last November 17 to 22, 2014. Fr. Paul Smyth, CMF, vicar general of the congregation facilitated the retreat and led the group into a deeper reflection of the identity of the Claretians and the living of the evangelical vows as well as its renewal. He facilitated some group dynamics that eventually encouraged each member of the province to reflect and to share the many thoughts and realizations provoked by the dynamics itself. Furthermore, communities took turns in animating the group during prayers and Eucharistic celebrations. Also during the retreat, the province celebrated the birthday of Frs. Bernardo Blanco, CMF and Elmer Cantular, CMF. At the end of the retreat, the group went for a swim at the nearby resort. Photo Albums: https://www.facebook.com/lorenzo.larry.35/media_set?set=a.866696706694472.1073742031.100 ...

    Saturday, 22 November 2014
  • Inclusion of the Samal Bajaus in the Bangsamoro Basic Law

    Isabela City. The Bajau People’s Organization (BPO) and the Claret Samal Foundation, Inc. (CSFI) attended the Public Hearing and Consultation on House Bill No. 4994 otherwise called the Bangsamoro Basic Law held at the Basilan State College Open Gym in Isabela City last Thursday, November 20, 2014. Cagayan de Oro Representative Rufus Rodriguez, chair of the House of Representatives' Ad Hoc Committee on the BBL, formally opened the said Public Hearing and Consultation. It was well represented by all the stakeholders of the island province of Basilan. CSFI and BPO grabbed the opportunity to voice their plea in the general public. With one voice we appealed for a revision of the drafted BBL that was passed on to Congress to make it rather an inclusive law that will cater all the constituents of the Bangsamoro with particular consideration and protection to the marginalized indigenous people like the Samal Bajaus. There are implications affecting them directly which we are protesting an ...

    Thursday, 20 November 2014
  • One Priest, One Deacon on Claret's Feast Day

      Quezon City. Scholastic Gabriel Hoang Thai Son,CMF was ordained as Deacon and Rev. Peter Phan Van Dat, CMF was also ordained as Priest last Friday morning, October 24, 2014, Feast of St. Anthony Mary Claret, founder of the congregation of Missionaries Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish church by Most Reverend Honesto Ontiongco, DD, Bishop of Cubao. The parents, relatives, and friends of both Claretians joined the celebration as well as the Claretians who are in Manila. A simple salu-salu followed the celebration at the Bulwagang Claret. ...

    Friday, 24 October 2014
  • AEYG 2015 + CF Updates

    There are only 285 days to go before the most awaited first ever Claretian Family gathering and the gathering of the Claretian Youth of Asia, also known as AEYG 2015 + CF. Based from the 5th Execom Meeting last August and from the updates of the committees dated October 15, 2014, the following are the recent updates regarding the event: 1) REGISTRATION FEES for all claretian communities in the Philippines have been lowered from P 5,500.00 to P 3,500.00 each exclusive of travel and allowance of each participant. Number of participants from the CMF institutions in the Philippines are being limited and lowered. The organizers are now only expecting 550 as the maximum total number of Claretian Family members to participate. 2) The Theme Song "Meet Him in the Cloud" had been presented already to the body by the composer and the band. Studio recording is on its way. Likewise the Jovenes Claretianos of San Antonio Ma. Claret are already preparing a video presentation including an instruc ...

    Tuesday, 21 October 2014
  • First Youth Encounter Program in Ormoc Held

    Ormoc City. The Claret Youth Ministry of Ormoc finally had its first batch of Yepers after the Youth Encounter Program was held at the San Antonio Ma. Claret Chapel and Mission Center last October 17 - 19, 2014. There were 29 participants coming from the different zones under the apostolate area of the Claretian Missionaries. Fr. Louie Guades III, CMF, the provincial youth commission head spearheaded the implementation of the formation program together with the local and national facilitators. The provincial youth commission is very thankful to Fr. Christopher Ligason for allowing the program to be part of their program for the youth. It is hopeful that the program will continue and bring more committed youth to the claretian mission in ormoc. Likewise, the commission is thankful for the accommodations shown by Fr. Rene, Fr. Larry and the Novitiate Community headed by Fr. Bords and Rev. Kiem. Words of gratitude to the CYM of Ormoc and to Mr. Alvin Sosmeña who helped in realization ...

    Sunday, 19 October 2014
  • 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
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