A Life Given and Now a Life Offered PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sem. Marc Louis Anjelo Bolos   
Saturday, 23 June 2012 15:36

In the afternoon of June 1, 2012 at the Father Di Francia Center of Studies at Don Jose Green Court, Paranaque City, five of our brothers perpetually professed their vows to the provincial Superior, Fr. Herman Abcede RCJ.

The vows which they professed and renewed were; Rogate, chastity, obedience and poverty. Chastity is a vow professing one’s consecration to the Lord. Obedience is a vow professing one’s surrender or entrusting of oneself to the dispositions of one’s legitimate superiors. Poverty is a vow to live a simple life. Rogate as the source and, the foundation of our congregation, is also a vow dedicated to pray and work for more and holy vocations.

Now when we look back and analyze, this is not what an ordinary person does. What does an ordinary person do? Most people nowadays crave for worldly riches and values, but his brave young men responded to far greater significant way of life: a life dedicated to the Lord.

As the Holy Mass was about to start, I see people filled with joy as they waited. I can also see the gaiety of everyone as they greeted each other just like they’ve never seen each other for wholly a long time.

We seminarians led the entrance hymn “Heaven of Heavens.” I know that I should have focus on the song but I could not help myself noticing the march of our brothers and priests.

At the end of the procession, I saw the main celebrant, Fr. Herman Abcede, RCJ, our provincial Superior, filled with joy. As the Mass progressed, we invoked the help of the Lord’s court as we sang the litany of the saints. While we were singing, I could feel as if heaven is opening up and truly God is with us when the six brothers professing followed by the twenty-nine brothers who renewed their vow, My heart was so ablaze with gladness that I almost shed tears. To see someone offer his life is so rare and to witness something like that is priceless.

As the Mass ended, in behalf of the newly perpetually professed brothers, a brother gave his message. He thanked everyone for their help and support for without them they could have been somebody else. While we were singing the recession song, I saw smiles of an army dedicated to serve God.

Later, the reception was at FDFCS gymnasium. Even though we ate at the refectory, I saw the newly-professed brothers showcased their” groovy” and “awesome” moves. When we were returning home I could not help but to imagine, too as if I am there going in front of the provincial superior, professing my vows and offering my life to Him who entrusted it to me.

Last Updated on Friday, 29 June 2012 06:58
 
RCJ Accepts 8 New Religious Brothers and 19 New Novices PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sem.Juan Carlos Jacinto   
Friday, 22 June 2012 03:54

“These brave, courageous and generous men, like   Mary, may be the instrument of God’s presence.”

These were the words that Rev. Fr. Herman Abcede, RCJ, Provincial Superior of the Rogationist of the Heart of Jesus-Philippine Quasi Province, expressed during his homily last May 31, 2012 at St. Anthony Boys Village in Cavite. The Eucharistic celebration was for the eight novices who had their first religious profession. During the solemn celebration, the whole community prayed for the newly-professed brothers, who took the vows of poverty, chastity, obedience and Rogate.

On the same Mass, the congregation also admitted 19 postulants to the novitiate. They were given the Rogationist Cross which signifies that they will follow the crucified Jesus Christ in the novitiate. It is truly a blessing for the congregation for the bigger and bigger community that will pray for Vocations and will care for the poor.

Lunch was served after the Holy Mass. Present in the celebration were Rogationist priests and brothers, seminarians, religious sisters from different congregations, benefactors, friends and the family of the newly-professed brothers and novices.

The newly professed brothers were distributed in different assignments in different Rogationist communities. The 19 newly admitted novices will reside in the Novitiate House in Silang, Cavite for their Formation with Rev. Fr. Cesare Bettoni, RCJ, as their Novice Master.

Last Updated on Friday, 29 June 2012 07:00
 
New Incoming Seminarians PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gabriel Motol   
Friday, 22 June 2012 03:34

 

May 19, 2012. The community of Rogationist Seminary-Manila welcomed the new seminarians in the community. The Rogationist family is thankful for the gift of 18 aspirants to be part of the community. These eighteen young freshmen was the result of the ever industrious Rev.Fr. Tirso Alcover Jr., Vocation promoter, in his act of selfless campaign done from many provinces in the Philippines. The Holy Spirit guided him in his campaign and hopefully we have this number of aspirants wishing to be priest of many countries developing the act of humility, obedience and unconditional love to the poor. We pray that these new seminarians continue to the respond to the Lord’s call that sends holy apostles in his church. We know that through the generous response of these candidates, more vocation, more prayers, more holy priests and even good brothers will be coming from them.

Many are called but few are chosen. So, may we say “Send, O Lord Holy Apostles in your Church.”

Last Updated on Friday, 22 June 2012 04:25
 
Vocation Orientation 2011 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Vocation Team   
Friday, 30 December 2011 08:38

The Community of Father Hannibal Formation Center held its annual Vocation Orientation last December 26-30, 2011, with participants coming from different parts of Luzon.

In the 5-day Vocation Orientation, there were 51 applicants who came to participate in the Seminary’s search-in program as spearheaded by the Vocation Promoter, Rev. Fr. Tirso T. Alcover, RCJ. They were engaged into different conferences and participated in several seminary activities as they were assisted by the religious priests, brothers and seminarians in discerning their call to religious life.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 December 2011 08:51
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