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Beginning of the VII Mission Ad Gentes Program in Davao

17/07/2010: Philippines

As the Psalmist says, “How good and how delightful it is for all to live together like brothers and sisters.”(Ps 133, 1) in a multicultural community called the Mission Ad Gentes, in Davao, Philippines. What a wonderful experience it is for us to be here together as brothers and sister in Jesus Christ!

This 7th group is really an interesting one. We are eleven in number and between the ages 20-60, 4 Marist Brothers (Bometon Jaiver, Fernandez Santiago, Juan Gustavo, In Ignatius) and 7 Marist Lay men (Eom Abel, Salvador Manuel) and women (Da Silva Alves Rosana, Hoffelder Neiva, Kim Young-ja Christine, Lee Alice, Reyes Agnes), coming from diverse countries such as Spain, Brazil, Mexico, Malaysia, Philippines, and South Korea.

We began with the Ritual of Welcome and the celebration was prepared by the team of Bros. Antoine, Hilario, and Santos, on Monday, the 14th of June.

The following day, we moved on to the 1st stage named “Sharing Our Stories” for the following two days so that we could get to know one another better.

And then at the 2nd stage, the team presented us the program in which we are going to participate fully in order to become better Agents to carry out the Marist Mission under the aim of “promoting a passion for the mission of Jesus and discern one’s ability to participate in mission ad gentes.”

We also started building up our communities in small groups as well as a large group, sharing house responsibilities, and discussing weekends schedule too. We also signed up to working of the following committees: prayer and social, and communication.

During this week, we were blessed to have Br. Joe Mckee, V.G. who gave us an enriching input on cultural diversity and skills for intercultural communication and relationships. One of the points to be worthy of note would be the fact that we have much to learn, for example, about ourselves, our cultures, and the others in a multicultural setting. One important to remember is that “Our perception of the world – and even of ourselves – can be fundamentally flawed.”

During the third week, Br. Karl Gasper, CSSR led us into the theme ‘Introduction to the Spirituality of the main Asian Religions’. His inputs were inspiring and insightful. We are sure that our Saturday exposure will be another good opportunity to encounter with the realities in the Philippines.

Br. Ignatius In, FMS

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