CMF Superior General's Visit Gives Dare to CMF Scholastics


Quezon City. Fr. Josep Ma. Abella, CMF, General Superior of the congregation spent an evening with scholastics and formators last Thursday, September 11, 2014 at the San Antonio Ma. Claret Theology House expressing his expectations to the communities of Claretians. He gave emphasis on the following five key point, significant and relevant in today’s modern world of mission: (1) Human maturity: being aware of the things that give meaning to one’s life; (2) Missionary heart: bearing a heart that is enthusiastic for the mission; (3) Commitment to the community: entrusting one’s self and to remain faithful to the Claretian charism; (4) Taking studies seriously: studying hard to give better service  (ministers of the Word) to the people in the future; and (5) Interiorizing the essential values of being a Claretian: securing the human values. “We are witnesses of God’s Kingdom” he said.

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Father General also presided the Eucharistic Celebration of the community in the evening and later on, some of the scholastics, particularly those who are for foreign studies had the chance to personally talk with him. The encounter of the Theology community with the Father General was part of his scheduled canonical visitation this year.

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Summer of 2014 Thrills CMF Scholastics

The Claretian scholastics went through varieties of exposure during the summer of 2014. Each year level had different nature of summer apostolate from the program prepared by the prefect of students Fr. Amador Tumbaga, CMF.
The first year students were sent to Aurora province for their work apostolate with the Dumagat in San Ildefonso Peninsula, Casiguran, Aurora Province. Bros’. Mon, Myke, Rheadh, Jacob, JM, and Kurt stayed in the area from April 14 to May 31 working hand-in-hand with the fishermen and farmers.
The scholastics were facilitated by Bataris (Bahay Talakayan Para sa Rekonstruksyon at Ikauunlad ng Sambayanan).

Meanwhile some of the second year theology students had their work exposure in two garment factories located in Fairview and Marikina respectively. Sch. Phil, Sandy, and John worked at MGN Garment Line in Fairview while Schs. Jo Stephen, Derrick, and Anthony were assigned in Tee Square in Marikina City. The prime objective of the work exposure was to immerse their lives with the ordinary workers and understand their daily struggles which are far different from the seminary structure.

On the other hand, Scholastics Dante and Sanny spent their summer program being the auxiliary formators at St. Anthony Mary Claret College. The scholastics were guided by Bro. Desiderio Syd, CMF and  Fr. Ralden Marcadejas, CMF.

The fourth year scholastics Aldrin Castillones, Jay Coching, Martin Ele, and Sunny Varquez underwent their Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Manila Medical Center from April to May.

Scholastics Francis Dan Valiente and Ronell John Recomono, who will be sent to the province of San Jose Del Sur in Argentina for their theological studies, had the opportunity of attending the Mission Orientation (Course for Missionaries), a summer program conducted by the Divine Word Institute of Mission Studies in Tagaytay. At least 43 young missionaries from the different congregations attended the said program that lasted for two weeks (May 5-18).

Sch. Randolf, CMF, who have just arrived from his pastoral year in Tungawan, Zamboanga Sibugay, had a week to spend his retreat in Sacred Heart of Jesus in Novaliches last May.

Eight newly professed members also arrived on the 25th of May. They are the following: Sch. July Patrick Layugan, CMF, Jerby Lumingkit, CMF, Ferdie Jones Madiano, CMF, Min Lwin Oo, CMF, Wigbert Papa, CMF, Ven John Porras, CMF, Naing Htun, CMF, Saw Htwe, CMF, Quang Sang Pham, CMF.


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Claret Theology Community Aids for Yolanda Victims

Quezon City – San Antonio Maria Claret Theology community here has been aiding all possible help for the victims of the recent Supertyphoon “Yolanda” that struck central Philippines particularly Leyte last November 8, 2013. Through Maryhil School of Theology (MST), some of the Claretian scholastics were able to volunteer for the relief operation initiated by ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. Sagip Kapamilya at the company’s warehouse in Quezon Ave. last Nov. 13.

On the other hand, the Task Force Bangon Pilipinas 2013 Simbaahang Lingkod Ng Bayan through Ateneo de Manila University and Loyola School of Theology (LST) conducted its relief operation at the Richie Fernando, SJ covered court inviting volunteers where some of the Claretian scholastics were able to render their service since Nov. 14.

Sunday apostolate

Last Sunday (Nov. 17, 2013), Bros’. JM, CMF, Earl, CMF, and Jacob, CMF, who are having their apostolate ministry at Task Force for Urban Conscientization (TFUC) in New Manila spent their time packing goods for Yoland victims. “We started to pack basic commodities at 10 a.m. and brought it at United Christian Churches in the Phiippines (UCCP) office,” Bro. Jacob, CMF said.Bro. Jacob added that he is fulfilled that he was able to extend his help to the victims in Leyte.

It’s the little things, too


Since the ordained members of the Theology community were not around due to the Provincial retreat that lasted for a week, the scholastics were given the task to decide an immediate and timely aid for the typhoon victims, particularly in Milagro, Ormoc where the Claret Novitiate house is structurally affected. Decided by consensus, the scholastics would give P500.00 each from their P1, 600.00 December allowance. Aside from that, they were able to fund P30, 000.00 plus used clothes and sacks of rice from their friends and relatives. The goods are intended to be transported directly to the Novitite house while the cash was forwarded through Fr. Leo Dalmao, CMF, provincial superior.

Indeed, a thousand miles away from the typhoon victims could be that far… but not the act of good deeds. It’s not only the big things, but the little things that are sometimes never fully appreciated. As the Claretian adage goes, “With all possible means…”


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25 Scholastics Receive Minor Orders

Quezon City - Twenty-five scholastics were installed into the Minor orders of Lector and Acolyte here at San Antonio Maria Claret Theology House, Wednesday, September 18, 2013.

Sixteen of the scholastics were instituted in the ministry of Lector: Schs. Jacob Moscare, CMF, George Suarez, CMF, Dante Boringgot, CMF, Mon Andrei Ebdani, CMF, Earl Narzabal, CMF, JM Guias, CMF, Kurt Uy, CMF, Rheadh Dela Torre, Sanny Delgado, CMF, Micheal Peñalber, CMF,  Nguyenduy Luong, CMF, Nguyen Hai, CMF, Paul Y, CMF,  Derrick Russel Tapel, CMF, Francis Dan Valiente, CMF,  Phil Ignatius Evale, CMF and ten for the ministry of Acolyte: Bros. Alvin Arcete, CMF, Sandy Bahia Jr., CMF, Jo Stephen Cagaanan, CMF, Ronelle John Recomono, CMF, Kevin Mark Rendor, CMF, John Baptist Tran Bin Hoa, CMF, Peter Duc Hien, CMF, Stephen Nang, CMF, and Joseph Lang, CMF.

The Eucharistic celebration was presided over by Fr. Leo Dalmao, CMF, the Provincial Superior, and concelebrated by Fr. Victor Sadaya, CMF, Fr. Amador Tumbaga, CMF, and Fr. Bernardo Blanco, CMF.

In his homily, Fr. Leo stressed out the readiness of taking responsibility into the missionary life. “I want you (scholastics) to take a stand and have conviction… understand the importance of ministry,” he said. Fr. Leo also gave the message of “not only the responsibility of the lector to read the Word of God but also witnessing the Word… and for the acolyte not primarily to liturgically serve but in preparation for priesthood.”

As part of preparation, the newly-installed lectors and acolytes were given conference on Minor orders by Fr. Ronnie Banaria, CMF a week before the installation.


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