Lay Amigonians: Bearers of the God News

The Vice Provincial Team of the Lay Amigonian Movement conducted the 4th MLA National Encounter (Online) with the theme “ Lay Amigonians: Bearers of the Good News in the Family and in all of Creation”.

The theme is inspired by the celebration of the 500 Years of the Arrival of Christianity in the Philippines, the celebration of the Amoris Laetitia Family, and the 7 Years of Laudato Si. Present in this event are the MLA groups in each of the communities in the Philippines and the special participation of the MLA group of Korea. During the celebration, consecrated MLA members, as well as those in formation, were presented, presentation on Amoris Laetitia Family, sharing about being bearers of the Good News in the family, presentation on the care of creation, and the showcase of talents inspired by the encounter’s theme.

CAPUCHINAS WATER STATION

Today, 27th of October, at 11:30 a.m., was the blessing of the CAPUCHINAS WATER STATION, presided by Fr. Elvin Miraflor. The water station, managed by the Capuchin Tertiary Sisters of the Holy Family- Cebu Community, is not only for an economic purpose but more so for the solidary economy with the poor as expressed in the vision and mission.

Vision:
Capuchinas Water Station envisions an auto-sustainability project that reflects a fraternal and solidary economy with the poor.

Mission:
We produce affordable, healthy, safe, and quality drinking water and offer possibilities of auto-sustainability for underprivileged families.

CAPUCHINAS WATER STATION is now open to serve you!

The station is located at #235 Pelaez St., Brgy. San Antonio, Cebu City.

First Religious Profession

The First Religious Profession of Srs. Maribeth Ocho and Tran Thi Minh, “Maria” was a beautiful gift to the Capuchin Tertiary Sisters of the Holy Family and was sure a great gift for Venerable Luis Amigo, the founder of the Congregation on his 167th Birthday. The Mass was presided by Fr. Don Besena, OAR, the spiritual director and confessor of the two newly professed TC Sisters, and Fr. Mark Orven, TC was the concelebrant, at 5:00 pm in Mater Dolorosa Novitiate House, Talisay City, Negros Occidental.

Despite the pandemic, everyone felt blessed to be able to celebrate this beautiful event of the First Religious Profession of Vows. The celebration was joyously joined in by the Vice Provincial Superior  Sr. Angela Maria Martinez who received their Profession, and sisters from other communities, and three of the family members of Sr. Maribeth Ocho who came all the way from Agusan.

The Capuchin Tertiary Brothers of Our Lady of Sorrows, some scholars of the Congregation, few of the staff of the Congregation and the Holy Family Home girls who filled the air with their melodious songs for the Lord that had made the event even more solemn and heartwarming. It was also a delight for the family of Sr. Minh from Vietnam and for all the Sisters in different places in the Philippines and even abroad, because the Mass was covered in Facebook Live. After the Mass, a lively and a very familial dinner and program was shared by everyone: greetings from other Communities were expressed, songs and dances from the girls, brothers and sisters were enjoyed, and hearts filled with thanksgiving were etched in all of those present.

Aspiring Souls

Today, August 11th, Feast Day of St. Clare of Assisi, the whole St. Clare Vice province rejoices and welcomes Teresa of Avila Trần Thi Mến and Martha Trần Thị Lam Kim as they initiated their formation in the Aspirancy. The Eucharistic celebration of the Entrance to the Aspirancy was presided by an OFM priest Fr. Peter Nguyen Van Dung at 7:00 a.m. in our Lady of Portiuncula Community, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. Also, the different communities in the Vice province join the celebration virtually. In the celebration, Sr. Mapin Pineda gave each one the Tau symbolizing their belonging to the Congregation.

Teresa is 25 years old from Thanh Hoa Province and Martha is 22 from Nha Trang City. They arrived in the community last year, July and June respectively, to see, know, and experience religious life by living in community. The genuine smiles on their faces show their joy and certainty that God’s fidelity and His calling is irresistible and with that calling comes the abundant grace of courage and perseverance.

Likewise, last June 13th, on the Anniversary of the Venerability of Fr. Luis Amigó, Jene Lyra Perocho, 25 years old from Misamis Occidental, also initiated her Aspirancy in San Damiano Community, Quezon City, Philippines. She was with the sisters in Holy Family Community as an educator of Holy Family Home Foundation for almost 10 months. The Holy Eucharist was presided by her Spiritual Director, Rev. Fr. Wilfredo S. Benito, OFM. As a symbol of belonging to the Congregation, Sr. Anselma Bawag gave her the Tau.

Junior’s Encounter: Journeying Together

Twelve Junior Sisters of St. Clare General Vice province of Asia gather for the Online Juniors’ Encounter. The encounter aims to deepen the founding charisma as a gift that prints a new style of living in the Church in following Christ. It also opens the space for the sisters to share experiences, blessings, challenges, and the mission in their respective communities.

Some sisters collaborate in this encounter by giving some inputs on Fr. Luis (Sr. Isabel Valdizan, tc), Importance of Formation and Joy of Perseverance (Sr. Angela Maria Martinez,tc), MLA and Pastoral for Family (Sr. Daniela Villanueva,tc) and the Juniors’ Mistress Sr. Marigladys Sanchez on Justice, Peace, and Integration of Creation (JPIC).

Online Vocation Search-in

When there is a will, there is a way!

Our life in the “new normal” has brought us surprising changes. For most of us, it made us redirect our vision and reorient the order of priorities in our lives. It has opened new ways of reaching out and paved the way to use the online world as the new space of encounter that goes beyond distance and differences.

The Capuchin Tertiary Sisters – Vietnam Community conducted the first Online Vocation Search-in which was joined by many young girls from many parts of Vietnam. The activity was hosted by the sisters of the Vietnam community and the other Vietnamese sisters in the different communities in Asia.

If you will to discover your own vocation or desire to be guided in the vocation you are inclined to, there is a way. Join the Capuchin Tertiary Sisters every first Sunday of the Month at 2:30 p.m. (UTC+08) for a VOCATION SEARCH-IN via Google Meet. Visit our FB page, Capuchintertiarysisters of the Family, and click the link.

Come and join us and experience the Guidance, Prayer, and Reflection you are searching for.

New Novices

Maria and Kristene with their formator Sr. Juliet and the Amigonian Brothers

On May 11, the Congregation of the Capuchin Tertiary Sisters of the Holy Family celebrated the 136 Years of its foundation, a foundation which started in Valencia, Spain by the Venerable Father Luis Amigó, OFMCap. Together with this significant occasion, the postulants entered to the next stage of formation, the Novitiate.

The Eucharistic celebration of the entrance to the Novitiate of Maria Phan Thi Huong, 21, from Nghe An, Vietnam and Kristene C. Quijano, 21, from Ayungon, Negros Oriental, Philippines, was presided by Fr. Francisco Javier Cabezas, an Amigonian Priest. The sisters of both the Novitiate House and Holy Family- Cabug joyfully welcomed the two novices and joined them in the offering of themselves to the Lord.

Filled with the grace of the Lord, Maria and Kristene described their experience with the following expression;

“The grace of the Lord is always constantly in our life especially for this meaningful day for the two of us to which we say our YES. Yes to become His lover and follower through the FRANCISCAN-AMIGONIAN lifestyle and spirituality. Indeed, we are glad and grateful for all the experiences and the encounter with the Lord through our sisters to which we deeply felt joy and peace in our heart.

The way to follow the Lord is always mysterious and at times it is difficult to understand but in everything He has His own purpose and plans for ou rgood. As we continue our journey with Him, we would want to allow Him to work in us, with us, and through us. May this stage help us to grow closer to Him and strengthen our love for Him as well.”

Then, they quoted, “We give our Yes because we are gifted to give”.

COMMUNITY PANTRY

As community pantries sprout across the Philippines, the San Damiano Postulancy House of the Capuchin Tertiary Sisters of the Holy Family in Quezon City, offers the space, distribution, and administration of the donations.

The pantry was initiated by an Anonymous Resident of Montville Subdivision. She sent a message on April 18 asking if it’s okay to put up a community pantry in our place thinking that it is the best venue for both the donors and recipients. Despite the hesitations, the community accepted the idea and assured her of our support. The following day, she brought some rice and veggies to share with our neighbors. We copied the caption phrase of the Maginhawa St. Community Pantry which says; “Magbigay ayon sa kakayahan, Kumuha batay sa kailangan”. (Give what you can, Take what you need). On the same day, she started inviting her friends and neighbors to support the cause. Later on, the initiative was known through the DAHHA community Viber Chat group. Behold, the ongoing charitable work spread in the other neighboring subdivisions.

From that day onward, people of generous heart continue to share goods in kind and in cash. The Parish Priest of St. Benedict and the Missionaries of God’s Love community sent their contributions as well.

This is just the beginning of our journey… of loving and sharing our giftedness to others especially those who are most in need at this moment. One has to take the first step and the rest will flow according to God’s plan.

First Baptism in the Philippines Reenacted

Under the scorching heat of the sun, the crowd gathered to witness the reenactment of the first baptism in the Philippines, the beginning of Christianity in Plaza Sugbo, where the kiosk housing Magellan’s Cross is located.

The event commemorates the first baptism in the country officiated by Pedro de Valderama, the chaplain of the expedition led by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, on April 14, 1521, as witnessed and documented by Antonio Pigafetta. Accounts by Pigafetta showed that about 800 natives, including Cebu’s chieftain, Rajah Humabon, and his wife, Hara Humamay, were baptized that day. Humabon and Humamay received the Christian names Carlos and Juana, respectively. Magellan presented Juana an image of Sto. Niño, or the Holy Child Jesus, and later asked to be baptized. They were said to be the first to embrace Christianity in the Philippines.

The statue of the Sto. Niño presented to Juana

The event has deeply touched the roots of our faith. Despite the fear brought by the pandemic, the Church continues to relive meaningfully the 500 years of the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines. If there’s an epicenter of Covid, there is also an epicenter of the celebration for the 500 Years of Christianity and that is Cebu. We are Cebu. We are the epicenter and the heart of the celebration and the remembrance 500 years ago, the first baptism was held here in Cebu,” Archbishop Jose Palma said.

25 Years of TC Presence in Korea

This new foundation in Korea arose in response to the concern to strengthen our presence in Asia, where we were already in the Philippines, and at the same time to get closer to China, the country where our Sisters developed their mission for 20 years (1929 – 1949).

Sr. Mª Elena Echavarren Sorbet, Superior General at that time, was the promoter of the foundation in Korea. On her first trip to Seoul, Sr. Mª Elena, helped and advised by other religious congregations, was able to learn something about this country and the demands of a missionary presence and meeting also Bishop William McNaughton, an American Maryknoll Missionary, who made himself available to welcome the Sisters in his Diocese, the Diocese of Incheon.

Towards the middle of March 1996, the four sisters designated for the foundation in Korean lands traveled to Seoul, each of them coming from another mission “ad gentes”: Martha Patricia Ramírez Vergara, Colombian, missionary in Benin, Ángela María Martínez Sierra, Colombian, missionary in the Philippines, Carmen Margarita Avendaño Cubillos, Colombian, missionary in Tanzania, and Cecilia Pasquini, Italian, missionary in Tanzania. And on March 25, with a simple and intimate Eucharist, the community began its journey in this land of the Far East, rich in cultural and religious traditions where, however, Christians and even more Catholics are a significant minority.

During the first six months of their stay in Korea, in order to receive Korean classes at a university in Seoul, the sisters stayed in different religious communities in this city: Srs. Martha Patricia and Ángela María with the Conceptionist Missionary Sisters while Srs. Carmen Margarita and Cecilia with the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (Salesians). Later they were able to go to live together in a small house that the Sisters of the Korean Martyrs made freely available to them until June 1998, when they moved to Bucheón, in the Diocese of Incheon, where they began their mission.

 

Srs. Angela Maria, Carmen Margarita, Cecilia, and Martha Patricia

The first years were characterized by the strong demand for the study of the language and the process of integration into a totally new social and cultural reality, but the missionary spirit of each one and openness to the grace of God made everything possible and allowed them to carry on with enthusiasm and even humor.

Twenty-five years have passed and the presence of the Capuchin Tertiary Sisters in Korea has grown and today they provide their service of evangelization and attention to the demands of the place in a Daycare Center in Bucheon and a Protection Home for girls in Jeonju. The life testimony of the sisters has attracted some young Korean women to our Congregation, currently having a Korean sister in perpetual vows and others in the process of formation.

Capuchin Daycare Center-Bucheon
Amigò Home-Jeonju

We thank God for our journey in this Korean land and we invoke His blessing so that we continue to make present the charism of our Capuchin Tertiary life with enthusiasm and fidelity.