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Celebrating the Marist Vocation Year in the Philippines

14/06/2005: Philippines

These are the words from Luke 1:38 that Brothers Mitchel Abajar and Vincent Celeste took as the theme of their first profession on the 20th May 2005, the 216th birthday of Saint Marcellin Champagnat. Around 400 people, including forty-one Marist Brothers, gathered at Saint Charles Borromeo Parish in Tamontaka, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Province of Maguindanao, Philippines, to witness these two young brothers (aged 22 and 24 respectively) offer their lives to God through the community of the Marist Brothers.
Before becoming Marist aspirants, Brother Mitchel was a first year college student at Notre Dame of Dadiangas College in General Santos City and Brother Vincent, a graduate from Notre Dame of Marbel University in Koronadal City, was working for a shipping line office in General Santos City.

There have been several events during May in the area of vocations and formation here in our Philippine Province. The 1st May was the last day of the three-week summer vocation workshop in which nineteen high school graduates participated. Eleven of these participants have been admitted to the two-year pre-Novitiate formation program in Lagao, General Santos City starting on the 18th May.
On the 14th May, in Tamontaka, four postulants officially began their Novitiate formation by receiving the habit. They are Glecerio Calis, Jr., Joey Ponteras, Mark Xyrex Sionosa and Joseph Adrian Cagampan.
During this Marist Vocation Year, the Philippines Province has the following in its initial formation stages: 11 first year aspirants, 7 second year aspirants (to become postulants in November), 4 first year novices, 3 second year novices, 2 first year scholastics, 4 second year scholastics and 10 temporary professed brothers in active apostolate.

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