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4th Asian Young Friars Gathering Province of San Pedro Bautista, PHILIPPINES February 8-17, 2019

8th Feb

The fourth Asian Young Friars Gathering - 2019 began on 8th February 2019 at Arnold Janssen Spirituality Centre at Quezon City, Manila at 8:30 am with the Prayer Service. Br Irineo Tactac, the Secretary for the Formation and Studies of the Province of San Pedro Bautista, Philippines welcomed and introduced the delegates.

He also highlighted the history and objectives of AYFG. After which Bro. Cielito Almazan, the provincial of the Province of San Pedro Bautista, Philippines, declared the AYFG open. The delegates were then invited to present the mission challenges in our respective provinces, which was animated by Bro. Reu Jose Galoy. Our presentations were well appreciated. Bro. Cesare Vaiani, the General Secretary for Formation and Studies, was also present.

There are 31 delegates from India, South Korea, Vietnam, Japan, Philippines, Myanmar, Indonesia, West Papua, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Papua New Guinea. The day ended with the Eucharist celebrated by the Provincial Bro. Cielito Almazan.

9th Feb

The second day (9th February) of the AYFG began with the Lauds and Eucharist officiated by Bro. Cesare Vaiani ofm, General Secretary for Formation and Studies. During the session he elaborated on the theme: Formation Challenges in Contemporary Times. He emphasised that initial and ongoing formation aren’t different but one and the same. Ongoing formation should take place in the daily events of the community. In this process, community life holds a primary place. He emphasised on the role of the ministers, guardians and so on. Continuing with the same theme, he raised his concerns regarding the dwindling down of the vocations and spoke about the importance of the pastoral care of vocations. After the session, we were sent in four different groups to various Metro Manila urban parishes administered by the friars.

 

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FRIARS' BIRTHDAY (September)

Date

Name of the Friars

Events

Year

02

+ Matthew Walsh

Jayaseelan P.R.

Home

Ordination

1969

2001

04

+ Kentigern Stuart

Home

1995

08

Arokiam John

Tom John

Arockiasamy P.

Niranjan Toppo

Birth

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Birth

1976

1999

1999

1993

09

Salun Kispotta

Birth

1995

10

Athanasius Xaxa

Birth

1959

11

+ Paulinus van Halderen

Home

1999

13

Bangalore Friary

+ Vincent Roy

John Sekar

Blessing

Home

Birth

1952

1959

1982

14

Anthony Pushparaj

Birth

1976

15

+ Fidelis Magee

Home

1979

17

Stigmata of Francis

Varghese Sebastian

Richard D’ Silva

Assisi Illam Dindigul

Feast

Birth

Solemn Vows

Blessing


1947

1956

2010

18

Joseph of Cupertino

Feast


19

Mesia Elias Moses M.

Birth

1973

20

Tom John

Birth

1961

23

Padre Pio

+ John Forest Hogan

A.J.Mathew Joseph

Feast

Home

Birth


1962

1989

24

Shalom Friary –Hyderabad

Blessing

1995

25

Sagaya Soosairaj

Birth

1968

26

+ Fabian D’ Souza

Home

2010

27

+ Conrad Gomes

Home

1993

28

Nicholas D’ Souza

Lourdu Augustine

Pradeep Anthony L.

Birth

Birth

Birth

1945

1976

1992

29

Sushil Beck

Salim Baxla

Birth

Birth

1973

1974