Fifty priests – 40 diocesan, 9 Passionists, and one Capuchin – attended the recollection on 2-3 February at Lomoyon Beach, Kiamba, Sarangani.
Fr. Clarence Marquez, OP facilitated recollection.
His first topic was “Paul, Servant and Apostle” Romans 1:1. “From Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus who has been called to be an apostle, and especially chosen to preach the Good News that God promised long ago through his prophets in the scriptures”.
The Damaseus event: Acts 9:1-9, was not a conversion but a call (cf. Gal. 1:13-16) “…then God, who had specially chosen me while I was still in my mother’s womb, called me through his grace and chose to reveal his Son in me, so that I might preach the Good News about him to the pagans” (Gal. 1:13-16).
In the Second Letter to the Corinthians, St. Paul writes “The servants of Christ? I must be mad to say this, but so am I, and more than they; more because I have worked harder, I have been sent to prison more often, and whipped so many times more, often almost to death…I have worked and labored, often without sleep…(11: 23-30).
Topic of lecture 2: “Paul and the Law”. Called the “Antioch Event”. Titus a gentile convert was brought to Jerusalem by Paul and Barnabas. He was Greek. And Titus was not compelled to be circumcised according to Jewish law. This caused a great deal of controversy. Paul said to Peter “…what makes a man righteous is not obedience to the Law, but faith in Jesus Christ”. “…we hold that faith in Christ rather than fidelity to the Law is what justified us, and that no one can be justified by keeping the Law”. (Gal. 2: 11-17).
Focused group discussions (FGDs) followed the 2nd topic, Quality of responses, not quantity matters.
The recollection ended with the celebration of the Eucharist and lunch.
Meeting followed thereafter: Decisions.
1. March recollection. Date: March 2-3, 2009. Venue: either Trappistines’ Monastery or Labu Beach, depending on availability. Topic: “Ecology”.
2. Redemptorists’ Itinerant Mission Team (RIMT). Priorities: 1st Maasim; 2nd Tampakan; 3rd Marbel. Duration, about 5 months. RIMT has a house/center in GenSan.
3. Election 2010. Fully automated. Cost: 12-14 billions. Voters’ ed, cleansing of voters’ list, assistance to person who may need it.
4. Diocesan Formation and Development Center (DFDC). Floor-tiling to commence after February 12. Parishes to contribute manpower, money and in kinds. 2nd floor to start on April after studying bids of Non Construction and Chiu Kim construction.
5. Use of personal vehicle. For personal use, person’s expense. For parish use, parish’s expense. Mixed – use one’s conscience.
6. Newsletter, c/o Fr. A. Buenavides, approved.
7. Fr. Noe Pedrajas assigned to Norala as Vicar, effective February 13. Fr. Ronilo Huesca to help at St. Michael’s Parish while Fr. Jesus Jordan is recovering from surgery.
8. Maitum’s new rectory, approved.
9. Signature campaign to pressure SP members, South Cotabato to pass the environmental Code.
We thank Mrs. Luz Mosqueda, John and Jenny Mosqueda – Pimentel and Fr. Greto Bugas, the parish priest for providing venue and food.