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Second St. Matthew Provincial Chapter

October 15, 2018

The Rogationists of the Heart of Jesus – St. Matthew Province started its 2nd Provincial Chapter with the theme “Our Charismatic Identity in the Challenges of the St. Matthew Province.” The event which will end on October 20, 2018 was held in St. Anthony’s Boys Village (SABV) and the Oasis of Prayer, both in Lalaan II, Silang, Cavite. It was commenced with a short recollection [on the current situation of the Church], held at the Di Francia Auditorium (DFA) of the Rogationist College – Cavite (RC-Cavite) facilitated by the Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio S. David, D.D, Bishop of Caloocan. Some representatives of the Union of Prayer for Vocations were present.

 

After the talk of the good Bishop, Fr. Bruno Rampazzo, the General Superior, and Fr. Herman Abcede, the outgoing Provincial Superior, presented him with tokens of gratitude.

 

In the evening, the Assembly celebrated the opening mass in the chapel of the Oasis of Prayer, presided by Fr. Bruno Rampazzo.

 

After dinner, the Assembly gathered once again, this time in the chapel of SABV for the official opening of the Provincial Chapter.  It began with a simple liturgy of the word, followed by a candle light procession while invoking the Holy Spirit as they moved towards the DFA where there was the enthronement of the Bible.

 

The liturgy, was followed by a general orientation facilitated by Fr. Danny Montaña.

 

Fr. Bruno Rampazzo, being the Superior General, was also the President of the Board, which will lead the proceeding during the entire Chapter. He made a Roll Call of the members of the Chapter to ensure quorum, then, went on reading through his Opening Remarks.

 

That same night, the Scrutineers were appointed and appointed by the Chapter – Rev. Jorge Casaberde and Rev. Al John Provido, being the youngest Capitulars. The other officers of the Presidential Board were also elected: Fr. Danny Montaña, the First Moderator; Fr. Ulrich Gacayan, the Second Moderator; and, Bro. Christian Allan De Sagun, the Chapter Secretary. They all took the prescribed Oath, after the election.

 

The Chapter also approved the appointment of the Documentation Committee, with the following members: Fr. Kristian Irvin Taok and Fr. Antonio Nocellado as official chroniclers in-charge of writing the daily News Articles and of posting them for public information; and Fr. Tommy Latina and Fr. Rito Ybañez as the official photographers and videographers. They also approved, by raising their hands, the appointment of four official Readers of the Minutes of the Proceedings: Fr. Rodolfo Patiag, Jr., Fr. Ronald Masilang, Fr. Francis Paul Escaño and Fr. Francisco Gringo Tagabi.

 

To end the first day, the Assembly offered the hymn Salve Regina as their closing prayer, with Fr. Bruno granting everyone his final blessings.

 

 

October 16, 2018

The second day commenced with morning prayers, succeeded right away by the Holy Mass, presided over by Most Rev. Reynaldo Evangelista, DD, Bishop of Imus.

 

At the DFA, the Proposed revisions on the Directory of St. Matthew Province and the consequent revisions in the Regulations of the Provincial Chapter were presented and voted on for approval of the Chapter. After the deliberations a letter to Fr. Bruno Rampazzo was immediately written, informing him of the Chapter’s approval of the proposed revisions. The General Superior, in turn consulted with his Council on the ratification of Chapter’s decision.

 

This day, the Assembly also approved the appointment of a Committee in-charge of drafting the Statement of the Provincial Chapter: Fr. Dexter Prudenciano, Fr. Viktor Emmanuel Aurellana and Fr. John Joffer Lucas.

 

As interlude to the proceedings, greetings and assurance of prayers received through letters were read.

 

Then, most of the day, was spent listening to the term-end Reports of the outgoing Provincial Superior and his Council, after which the Capitulars freely voiced out their comments, observations, suggestions and questions.

 

Fr. Bruno, then, led the prayer to close the affairs of the day. The Provincial Government, moreover, still met late that evening to formulate their response to the interventions of the Capitulars.

 

 

October 17, 2018

Once again, the day was opened with common morning prayers, followed by the Holy Eucharistic celebration, presided over by Fr. Herman Abcede.

 

Fr. Jose Maria Ezpeleta, the General Vicar, then, facilitated a recollection [on the present challenges of the St. Matthew Province as it lives its Rogationist charismatic identity. This half-day talk was followed by group-sharing. Some representatives of the Union of Prayer for Vocations participated in this activities.

 

The rest of the day was spent in Silence and Prayerful Adoration, in preparation for the next day’s much anticipated affair.

 

 

October 18, 2018

F. Jose Maria Ezpeleta, the General Vicar, presided over the Holy Mass, following the morning prayers the Capitulars recited in common.

 

At the auditorium, after the prescribed Roll Call, Fr. Bruno Rampazzo, the President of the Board, led the Chapter’s election of the Provincial Superior, Councilors and Treasurer. This affair, which took an entire day, was preceded by the reading of the letter of the Superior General, ratifying the Chapter’s approved revisions in the Directory of the Province and the Regulations of the Chapter, which were straightaway implemented.

 

The new Provincial Council is composed of:

Fr. Orville Cajigal – Provincial Superior

Fr. Dexter Prudenciano – Provincial Vicar and Councilor on the Sector of Service of Charity and Missions

Fr. Ariel Tecson – Councilor on the Sector of Religious Life, Formation and Vocation Ministry

Fr. Ulrich Gacayan – Councilor on the Sector of the Rogate

Fr. Alfonso Flores – Councilor on the Sector of the Laity, Parishes and Youth Ministry

Bro. Nilo Pelobello – Provincial Treasurer

 

Then, copies of the drafted Statement of the 2nd St. Matthew Provincial Chapter were distributed to the Capitulars for them to read and reflect on.

 

The day’s session ends with the common recitation of the Te Deum, and the final blessing from the new Provincial Superior.

 

 

October 19, 2018

The fifth day of the Chapter opened with the common morning prayers.

 

Convening together for the last time at the DFA, the Capitulars deliberated on the modality of participation to the next Provincial Chapter. They also polished the Statement of the current Chapter.

 

At about midday, the Assembly gathered at the chapel of St. Matthew at the Oasis of Prayer, where they celebrated the Holy Mass, presided over by Fr. Orville Cajigal, the Provincial Superior. Within the same liturgy, he made Fr. Orville made Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity before all the Capitulars. Towards the end of the Mass, they recited together the final Statement of the 2nd St. Matthew Provincial Chapter.

 

 

October 20, 2018

Though the Provincial Chapter was official declared closed the previous day, the Capitulars gathered together, with families, friends and benefactors, at the Most Holy Rosary Parish in Multinational Village, Parañaque City to celebrate and witness the Priestly Ordination of seven Rogationist deacons: Rev. Jobert Belgica, Rev. Joseph Nguyen Truong Thinh, Rev. Giovanni Gamaya, Rev. Joseph Phan Hoang Nguyen, Rev. Peter Hoang Van Dong, Rev. Ferdinandus Heldi Tanga and Rev. Joseph Hoang Xuan Huong, through the laying on of hands and the invocation of the Holy Spirit by Most Rev. Elmer Mangalinao, DD, Bishop of Bayombong, in Nueva Viscaya.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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