Saturday, April 29, 2006

By Ruel Santos, TOCarm
Regional Coordinator for Bulacan

After the split of the Guiguinto Community and the foundation of the Pulong Buhangin TOC community last year, two (2) more communities were formed in the Bulacan Region.

On February 19, 2006, after obtaining an approval for the foundation of a TOC Community from Msgr. Flint Capiral, parish priest of the Barasoain Church, five (5) TOCs from the Malolos community transferred to the new foundation. They were later followed by another four (4) members from the same community to become the founders of the "St. Teresa of Jesus TOC Community." These were Menchie Martinez (Prioress), Baby Malana (Councilor), Susan Gregorio (Treasurer), Isabelita Tiongson, Ysabel Tecson, Merceditas Cruz, Raquel Ysais, Pol Gregorio (Secretary), and Ruel Santos (Formator). This new community meets every 3rd Sunday of the month at the Parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Barasoain, Malolos, Bulacan.

In the same manner, on March 25, 2006, the TOC community of St. John the Baptist in Calumpit was split into two which gave birth to "St. Therese of the Child Jesus TOC Community" situated at the far-flung yet beautiful parish of St. Helena in Hagonoy. Fr. Emai Estrella, parish priest, was very supportive of this foundation. On the said date, the whole community of Calumpit came to Hagonoy to celebrate their last community meeting as one community and to inaugurate the foundation of this new fraternity. It was also on this day that election of the community officers was held under the supervision of the Regional Secretariat. The election gave birth to the following officers of this community: Priscilla Jose (Prioress), Efren Lopez (Councilor), Cristeta Tolentino (Secretary), and Paulina Calanoc (Treasurer). The formation of the new community will still be handled by the Regional Secretariat. The foundation of this new community was also graced by the presence of prospective aspirants.

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