“A CHILD REDEEMED IS A GENERATION SAVED”

By: Sr. Elena Saoy, tc

Holy Family Home Bacolod Foundation Inc. was inaugurated on November 2, 1989 as a temporary shelter, protection and rehabilitation center for street children of Bacolod City, a response to the urgent need at that time. But as years passed by, the sisters have seen the great need of responding to the immediate need of having a center that will dedicate its work and mission to the protection and recovery of the increasing numbers of abused girls in the province of Negros Occidental. It was in 1994, when Holy Family Home started to specialized its mission to this kind of clientele.

Holy Family Home envisions a Christ-Centered, just, fraternal and peaceful society, where children and youth especially women; are respected as persons with right of dignity and equity; are promoted in their potential for being active member of it in harmony with the other people and the whole of creation.

With the attitude of the Good Shepherd, we try to: welcome, protect, and rehabilitate marginalized children and youth in order to attain their integral formation and assure them of their human and Christian participation in the society. This then is the vision of Holy Family Home as embodied in its mission statement and its motto;       “A CHILD REDEEMED IS A GENERATION SAVED”.

Since then, for more than 30 years already, Holy Family Home is serving up to 70 cases of maltreated, abandoned, neglected, and abused children yearly and only in the different Cities and Municipalities of Negros Occidental. But this year, we have only 33 children in the center where we can give a better space for their progressive personality development and in the future, they can actively participate in their families, in the society, and in the church as successful individuals.

To be in Holy Family Home is a beautiful and challenging apostolate. It’s a daily experience of witnessing to our Charism as our Fr. Founder Luis Amigo taught us “to look for the lost sheep”.

All of us sisters and staff must have the heart of educating the children according to our Amigonian Pedagogy: creating a family atmosphere of warm welcome, knowing each one through the way of the heart, attitude of sympathy, closeness, attention to individuality, preference to those who are most in need, teaching by example, and above all an inner strength in the face of hardships.

With the help of many generous people such as our friends and benefactors who have been in our side in bringing into reality the dreams of these young girls, Holy Family Home provides the following services: spiritual/human formation, guidance and counselling, psychological formation, education, home life services, family bonding and dialogue, social services, outreach program, livelihood/skills training, health and nutrition, and administrative services,  

Holy Family Home is the only center in the province of Negros Occidental which caters abused children. It is a non-profit, non-stock, and non- governmental organization. It is duly licensed and accredited by both the National Department of Social Welfare and Provincial Government.

We are so grateful to the efforts of all the Capuchin Tertiary Sisters who have passed in Holy Family Home, staff, volunteers, and benefactors who continue to support us in order to continue rendering our service in the society.

To all our friends, be part of the protection and rehabilitation of maltreated, abandoned, neglected, orphaned, and abused children who need so much of your help.

For donations or volunteer works, kindly contact the HFH Directress: Sr. Maricel Fuerzas in these numbers; +63 9631671835 or +63 34 458-2810.

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Religious Life- A Call to Live in Diverse Cultures

Sr. Princy on her Perpetual Profession

Consecrated life is a special gift given by Christ to many people who are living their lives with commitment responding to God’s love in a special relationship.  It’s a life of integrity and honor, a blessing which we receive from God. It’s a journey with God and through walking with Him day by day, we nurture our vocation. It’s hard but heroic to choose poverty, obedience, and chastity in an era of money, power, and pleasure. It’s not just an alternative way of life style but a personal committed way of living in response to a call to witness and to mission.   As religious, we seek to follow Christ with greater liberty and to imitate Him more closely in the footprints that was lived by our founders or foundresses. And here I would proudly say “YES” I have responded to God’s call and I am proud to be a Capuchin Tertiary Sister.

  India is known for being the mother of ancient customs, traditions, religions, and cultural practices which is still being preserved even until this era. Religious practices and spiritual exercises are still at its peak in the life of each individual. Christianity in India had brought vast changes and especially the role of missionaries and their life witnesses had impacted the lives of many. From there spring forth the call to consecrated life in India which continues to bloom even until today.

“Unity in diversity” is the greatest motto which sounds in the hearts of each Indian. As people, irrespective of their religions or traditions, try to live in harmony and respect with each other and with their own religious practices. And now to be a religious in this epoch had called me to unlearn and to relearn my own myths and beliefs and to get rid of all my cultural biases which spring forth from the very nature of birth itself and I am called to embrace the culture of the Gospel, of reciprocity, circularity, and magnanimity. I was challenged to let go, to bend low, and to be with those whom I have met or who are in need. Years have brought me many experiences of joy, contentment, happiness, challenges, temptations, and of tears, yet what holds me as religious is the experience that “My God who has called me is faithful to me and here I have my sisters with whom we walk the road together”.

Breaking into the barriers, reaching out to the islands, walking around the streets, of encountering people had taught me to be born again, to embrace the inter-cultural, inter- caste indifferences, and to be a woman for all at all moments, of exchanging smiles, faith and hope, finding the meaning of struggling together with the needy, getting into their shoes. My religious life has enlightened me to live life simply and joyfully, generous in service, giving without limitations or conditions, loving who they are and not with how I want them to be. And I would sincerely say that it’s God who molds us to be a person for others if only we allow Him to work in us. And I am sure that in choosing religious life, I didn’t lose anything rather I have got my TC family and I am able to embrace the humanity as my fellow people. It’s not I have sacrificed many things or have given up many, rather it is I who have received many and which allowed me to live and to experience the joy of being born again as religious to live in diverse cultures.

Sr. Emily Soliva,tc, Sr. Soseth Soliva,tc, Sr. Princy's Parents, and Sr. Princy

“I was born Catholic and I will die a Catholic”

By Ruffa Davidas

In 2012, I first met the Capuchin Tertiary Sisters and on that same year I joined the Amigonian Youth. A year after, I became one of the Chu scholars through them. I enroled in Carlos Hilado Memorial State College in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental. I took t Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology Major in Food Trades.

Back then, I had no idea who God nor the Lord Jesus Christ is. I did not know the importance of the Eucharist not until I became their scholar. That was the time that God was properly introduced to us, scholars, through the Catechesis, Sunday Eucharist, and the participation in the Church’s activities. As a scholar, I learned not only about God but also about life, being responsible to my duty and being a good Christian. In the beginning, it was not really easy when you are faced with life that you are not used to, like having daily duties and schedules but it molded me to be a better person and thanks to the help of the sisters that made life easier than I could ever imagine.

The presence and guidance of the sisters also helped me a lot in knowing and understanding God’s presence in my life and in my growth as a person and as who I am today. I am not just a person who was sent to school to get an education but I am proud that I was formed to take challenges, to overcome fears, and to be an example to others. I am a shy person but with the formation I received, I learned to stand in front of others.

One of the best experiences of being a scholar, was the opportunity to serve as a lector and commentator in our Parish which allowed me to proclaim the Word of God to others. I also learned to pray the Rosary, read the Bible and having experienced Him as my personal God. There were several opportunities to cook for the sisters whenever there have retreats. Those were the times that I have witnessed their simple yet joyful living as consecrated faithfully committed to the Lord. With those experiences, I learned not only to be mature in my faith but also to be mature in taking life’s challenges.

Presently, I am in Saudi Arabia working as a house cook. The tough part is that they are Muslims. The nation allows Catholics and Christians to enter the country as foreigners but doesn’t allow us to practice our faith openly. It challenges my catholic faith when they invite me to become one of them but at the same time leads me to tell them that “I was born Catholic and I will die as Catholic”. I expressed my thoughts that we have the same and only God but different ways of praising him. They all believe in Mohammad the last prophet of God and I firmly believe in Jesus, the Son of God. Whenever they tell me about Islam, I share to them about Catholicism too, and they said that now Muslims and Catholics are friends.

Thanks to the sisters because they were the ones who helped me understand what truly being a Catholic is. They helped me to have a deeper connection with God in the person of Jesus Christ. The Catechesis was a big help, I feel that my eyes were open and it helped me walk with faith and with all knowledge of my God. And because of that I am confident enough that I can make it here and in wherever I will be.

As the people around me continued sharing to me about their religion, to quote “our God is Allah, we were born Muslim”. I was adamant and said: I was born a Christian, and will die a Christian.