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COLUMBAN FORMATION UPDATE as of August 2017

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The Columban Formation Program in the Philippines started the new academic year 2017-2018 with the students’ annual retreat at St. Scholastica’s Center of Spirituality, Tagaytay City from July 30 till August 5. The students were privileged to have Fr. Patrick O ’Donoghue, the former Director of the Philippine region, presently assigned to Myanmar, as the retreat director. The opening mass for the academic year was held at the Singalong chapel on August 6. The students began their classes for the first semester on August 7.

By Felisiano Fatu


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The Columban Formation Program in the Philippines started the new academic year 2017-2018 with the students’ annual retreat at St. Scholastica’s Center of Spirituality, Tagaytay City from July 30 till August 5. The students were privileged to have Fr. Patrick O ’Donoghue, the former Director of the Philippine region, presently assigned to Myanmar, as the retreat director. The opening mass for the academic year was held at the Singalong chapel on August 6.  The students began their classes for the first semester on August 7.

The formation community consists of two formation staff and twelve students. The formation staff are Frs. Felisiano Fatu as Rector and Cireneo Matulac as Vice-Rector.  The twelve students consist of three Filipinos, three Chinese, three from Myanmar and three Fijians. The Filipinos are Louie Ybanez, Emmanuel Trocino and Gerald Mandam. The Chinese are Lichun Dong Peter, Li Changan Thomas and Hu Xingfeng Brian. The three from Myanmar are HkunMyat Aung Columban 1, Aung Li Columban 2 and TuHkwang Matthew. The Fijians are KusitinoSaro, MoseseYacalevu and RemisioDomodomolagi.

Lichun Dong Peter had completed an eleven-week unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI). He continued on with pastoral work at Our Lady of Remedies Parish, Malate, for a number of weeks. Emmanuel Trocino helped out in the Mission Promotion Office and is presently doing CPE.  Louie is the only one studying theology at the Loyola School of Theology (LST) in his final year of theological studies. Kusitino and Columban 1 are studying Philosophy at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) while Columban 2, Gerald, Mosese, Remisio and Matthew are studying Philosophy at LST. Brian and Thomas are currently studying English at the Assumption Language Center (ALC).

The students and staff are hosted in Singalong house. They are settling into the new environment and are able to adjust well.  Students are involved in pastoral works at the Kuya Center for street children, Bible reflection with the mothers and catechetical classes with the young people at the cemetery at a Pasay parish, formation classes with the incarcerated at the Bilibid Prison and also with the  young scholars at the cemetery at a Pasay parish. Everyone is in good spirit and the community hopes to have a good and fruitful year in all aspects and components of their Columban formation program.

 

 

 

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