Religious and diocesan priests had their recollection together on 9 March 2015 at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Seminary Compound, City of Koronadal, South Cotabato.
OLPH Seminarians led the chanting of the morning praise during the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament as well as the singing before the benediction of the Blessed Sacrament and the celebration of the Eucharist.
Dr. Crisanto “Choi” Torrijos shared his insights and experiences regarding the Marriage Encounter Weekend Seminar (MEWS).
Topic: “MEWS In-the Year of the Poor”.
- MEWS is a post-Cana program. It is part of the Family and Life Ministry.
- Marriage couples are poor; they need spiritual formation to face difficulties and overcome threats to marriage.
- Pope Francis called these threats – same sex union, sexuality, redefinition of marriage – “ideological colonization of the family.”
- Need to encounter Jesus. MEWS provides this opportunity. Through Jesus; relationships: “I and God”, “You and I”, “We and God” are improved.
- MEWS graduates are effective evangelizers – they proclaim the Good News through witnessing.
- As of date: 100 MEWS had been conducted in 18 of 27 parishes; 998 couples or 1,996 individuals participated. (Reported by Fr. R.P.P)
MEWS and SADE (Sons and daughters Encounter) are programs to be conducted according to our 2015 – Year of the Poor – Diocesan Strategic Plan.
Fifty-five (55) priests: OP (1), CFM (1), CP (6) and diocesan (47) were enriched by the joint recollection, hosted by St. Anthony/Cathedral Parish.