Monday, May 18, 2009

Pampanga Mission

On May 17, after the feast of St. Simon Stock, three members of the Regional Council of the Province of Saint Joseph made a trip to the municipality of San Luis, Pampanga. This was made to find out the viability of establishing a lay Carmelite community at the parish. Initial contact from a prospective aspirant, Terry Garcia, was made around March and then the following month, the parish priest, Rev. Fr. Fernando David, confirmed his willingness to have a TOC community at the jurisdiction of his parish.

Bro. Rue Santos (Regional Formator), Bro. Pol Gregorio (Regional Coordinator), and Sis. Baby Punzalan (Finance) went to the Parish of St. Aloysius Gonzaga and attended the Holy Mass. After the Holy Mass, a vocation talk was given about the nature and purpose of the third order. An open forum followed after the talk to help the prospective aspirants to discern if they are being called to the Order of Carmel.

If the Pampanga project bear fruit, it will be named Bl. Maria Sagrario de San Luis Gonzaga TOC Community.

Bro. Ruel, Bro. Terry, Sis. Baby, and Bro. Pol at the facade of the Church

The prospective aspirants with the Bulacan TOC Regional Council

Rev. Fr. Fernando David together with the participants

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