Jubilee celebrations in Philippines

'A Heart Created to Love and to be Grateful'

Ten Sisters celebrated their Jubilee of Profession on April 22, 2018, Good Shepherd Sunday: two Diamond Jubilarians - Srs. Mary Regina Pil and Mary Aime Olaguer; five Golden Jubilarians - Srs Mary Tomasita Antigua, Mary Luz Bantilan, Mary Rosario Battung, Mary Stella Mangona and Mary Rebecca Rogacion; and, three Silver Jubilarians - Srs Maria Arabela Balingao, Mary Lea Comia and Mary Regina Kuizon.

 

A poignant acknowledgment

The main presider of the mass was Fr Vic Baltazar, SJ, joined by other priest friends. In his homily, Fr Vic affirmed how the ten celebrants truly know the Shepherd 'because their hearts have always carried the heart of the Shepherd who continues to care for his people through the very offering of their lives'. He also mentioned the would-have been Golden Jubilarian, +Sr. Mary Concepcion Conti, who died when MV Cassandra capsized in 1983 and who, with our other three sisters, were seen distributing life vests until none was left for them. Indeed, a true shepherd who laid down her life for the sheep.

Special significance

In her message, Sr Mary Regina Kuizon, Province Leader and Silver Jubilarian, pointed out the significance of our celebration as the Philippine Church observes the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Life and the Congregation observes the 150th Anniversary of the death of St Mary Euphrasia. She emphasized how each of us is continually called to live our prophetic role amidst challenges and difficulties.

Message of Solidarity

Message of solidarity was conveyed to Sr Patricia Fox, a Daughter of Sion missionary sister from Australia, who has recently experienced harassment from government authorities even after 27 years of work with the marginalized in the Philippines.