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CMMF promotes vitality of the marist laity

24/04/2013: Philippines

The seed which was sown in 1989 has grown like a tree branching out, reaching beyond the limits of one school where it was first established.  The Champagnat Movement of the Marist Family (CMMF), Philippine Sector, which was initially established at Notre Dame Kidapawan by Bro. Rene Reyes is now organized in all Marist schools in the country.  Starting from a small group of people gathered for prayer and faith sharing, CMMF has evolved to include 225 members engaged in sharing faith experiences and doing mission initiatives for the poor.

Called to respond, through concrete and relevant actions to address the needs of the least fortunate children and youth, the CMMF in all schools planned and implemented different activities:

Notre Dame of Dadiangas University community had prayers, recollections, and visitations to the sick in the hospitals.  They actively engaged in fellowship meetings with the brother’s community.  They supported the Marcellin Home for the street children providing donations of goods in-kind and sacks of rice.

Notre Dame of Cotabato community fully supported the decision of members for volunteer service. Some did immersion in Palawan, place where our brothers work in mission for the education of the children of indigenous people.  A member shared her summer time as a volunteer assisting at Marcellin Home, a shelter home for the street-children, children at risk and those in conflict with the law.

The Marist School in Marikina City established strong bond of family spirit shared among members.  Mostly retired from work in the school, they made their presence more visible in support of the activities conducted. 

Notre Dame of Kidapawan, where the movement originally started, had been actively involved in the school’s outreach initiatives.  They gathered in prayer, shared fellowship meals with brothers, and helped find resources for the needs of typhoon victims.

Notre Dame of Marbel University community brought the CMMF presence in the local Church.  Added to the prayer meetings and fellowship, the CMMF members served the Church as lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, and volunteers, they made themselves available to the needs of the local Church.  They also extended assistance to the children, victims of violence and incest, at the City Department of Social Welfare.

All communities have committed to support the promotion of Marist vocations.  Being present on events of professions, and doing promotional activities to raise vocation consciousness are part of each community’s activities.

The dynamics of the life of the CMMF is guided by the presence of a Brother in each respective community.  For the Sector-wide matters, Bro. John Tan has been very supportive in the development of the Champagnat Movement, providing an accompanying presence and concrete assistance to the initiatives of the Marist Laity. 

The seed once sown has grown and like the branch of a tree now, CMMF Philippines continues to spread the richness of its experience.  It is in sharing with others the fruits of living their lives imbued with the values and charism of Champagnat  that every member becomes a witness in making Jesus and Mother Mary  known and loved, the Marist way, and in our time today.

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