Junior Assembly refers to the gathering of young SVD missionaries from 1 to 10 years in perpetual vows as part of our on-going religious missionary formation. For the Philippine SVD Southern Province (PHS), it took place last April 13 to 17 in two venues: St. Francis Retreat House at Talisay City and Bantayan Island, North Cebu.
Speakers were Fr. Magdaleno Fabiosa, SVD (PHS Spiritual Director), Fr. Jingjong Rocha, SVD (PHS Provincial Superior), Fr. Eugene Docoy, SVD (Four Dimensions Coordinator) and Fr. Heinz Kulueke, SVD (Superior General). Present were the following: Fr. John Cruz, Fr. Dennis Testado, Bro. Irol Torres, Fr. Severo “Jong” Biton, Fr. Benedicto Awitin, Fr. Jaekel Solde, Bro. Darwin Loro, Fr. Sherwin Tristan Aromin, Bro. Carlos Montero, Fr. Ruel Lero, Fr. Semei Rebayla, Fr. Viet Anh Nguyen, Fr. Peter Son Le, Fr. Elorm Akpatsa, Bro. Emmanuel Akondor, Bro. Sebastiao da Silva, Bro. Jonathan Garcia, Fr. Lukas Aja Wona, Fr. Binoy Agustin, Fr. Manuel Mijares, Bro. Rolando Sanchez, and yours truly.
We also visited our JPIC-IDC projects in Bantayan Islands related to typhoon Yolanda Housing and rehabilitation. Our short visit to the satellite office gave us also a glimpse of the livelihood projects of our congregation in cooperation with other charitable organizations.
Special thanks to our SVD speakers; Sta. Fe Beach Club, and also to the Cabrera family of Sta. Fe. Thanks also to Fr. Sherwin Aromin, SVD, our PHS Junior SVD Coordinator.