NEW BATCH OF BRETHREN TO THE MISSION STATIONS

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NEW BATCH OF BRETHREN TO THE MISSION STATIONS
By Br. Jose Martin L. Sibug, OP

The brethren who were recently ordained more than a year ago are now doing ministry in Calayan and Camiguin mission stations. This is part of their permanent formation program which follows their one year of assignment in a priory or house of formation. 

The program for the newly ordained states that “At the conclusion of their post-ordination year program, all clerical brothers shall exercise their priestly ministry in the mission stations of the Province.” As defined by Statute 54 of our Province, a mission station is “a parish accepted by our Province in a place where a convent or house of our brothers cannot yet be established”. At present, these are the parishes of St. Bartholomew in Calayan, Cagayan and St. Vincent Ferrer in Camiguin Island, Cagayan.” 

The program further explains that the primary goal of sending the brothers on their 2nd year of priestly ministry in these mission stations is “to assure that all the succeeding generation of brothers in the Province would have the privilege of doing ministry in these mission stations which, due to their distance and othercircumstances, are often seen as “marginal” in the life of the Province; it is, literally, ministry ad limina, i.e., going to the limits or periphery. Establishing these mission stations as integral part of the ministerial experience of all newly ordained brothers is to transform what seems peripheral into a central experience of priestly ministry for the newly ordained.” 

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The brethren who were recently sent to the mission stations are Br. Carlo Rey Canto, OP, Br. Stephen Mari La Ja, OP, and Br. Christopher Garinganao, OP. Br. Canto who is assigned to the Priory of the Holy Rosary in Manaoag, Pangasinan, was accompanied by the Promoter of the Missions, Br. Jose Martin Sibug, to Calayan Mission Station on December 10, 2018. About a month after, on the last week of January, Br. Stephen Mari La Ja, OP, who is assigned at Sto. Domingo Convent, also went to Calayan Mission Station together with Br. Rommel Olivar, Parish Priest of St. Bartholomew Parish. Br. Canto and Br. Laja will be doing ministry as Parochial Vicars of St. Bartholomew Parish. 

 

Meanwhile, Br. Christopher Garinganao, OP, who is presently assigned at the Priory of St. Thomas Aquinas, will be doing ministry in Camiguin Island as Parochial Vicar of St. Vincent Ferrer Parish. Br. Felix Delos Reyes, OP, and Br. Art Vincent Pangan, OP, are also doing ministry in Camiguin Mission Station as the Parish Priest of St. Vincent Ferrer Parish and as the Director of Lyceum of Camiguin (Junior and Senior High School), respectively. 

 

PHILDOM (February 2019)

THE OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE DOMINICAN PROVINCE OF THE PHILIPPINES