The Family of the Rogate concluded their celebration of the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons, and opened the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the missionary presence of the Daughters of Divine Zeal today November 10, 2018.
With participants coming from the congregations of the Rogationists and the Daughters of Divine Zeal, together with the friends, benefactors, lay and youth associations, they held the culminating activity at the Our Lady of Divine Zeal Convent in Marikina City.
The Provincial Vicar of the Rogationist St. Matthew Province, Fr. Dexter Prudenciano, RCJ, presided the Holy Mass, together with concelebrating priests.
Fr. Dexter began his homily by sharing his experience of immersion with poor, as Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales visited the inserted community of the Rogationists in Malibay, Pasay City.
He, then, reflected, in conclusion of the YCCP, that "all of us must imitate Jesus who is meek and hunble of heart, and seen in the faces of the poor people. When we are able to perceive Jesus in them, just like how St. Hannibal Mary Di Francia them as princes and barons, we are moved to do our best in rendering service to those in need. May we alleviate the lives of the poor people."
Turning to the 40th anniversary of the missionary presence of the Daughters of Divine Zeal in the Philippines, the Provincial Vicar added, "there is a reason to celebrate with festivity, but we still learn from Jesus Christ as meek and humble of heart by simply looking at the poor people. Their silence is what it means to perceive the kingdom."
He then ended his homily by quoting a line in the song composed by Mo. Dolores Acluba, FDZ, "Our thankful hearts we offer you, O Lord, through your compassionate heart ever adored."
Mo. Acluba, FDZ Provincial Superior, passed away last October 28 in Rome, Italy. Her song composition animated the celebration on this day.
According to a separate interview done with the FDZ Superior General, Mo. Teolinda Salemi, she asked the Filipino Catholic faithful to love the sisters because they belong to the People of God. Likewise, she also asked them to support the sisters in their work of evangelization of the country, according to the charism of the Rogate, that is, the prayer for vocations.
"Consecration is a sign of fraternity, in spite of diversity," said by Mo. Salemi, as she also encouraged her fellow Sisters to live the consecration they are called into.
In the afternoon, they had two separate talks: first, from the first FDZ missionary in the Philippines, Mo. Gilda Lo Conti, and from the first FDZ Filipina General Councilor, Sr. Sheila Gomez (in place of Sr. Lina Fineo, who was supposed to share). Both of them gave witnessing to the growth of the FDZ missions in the Philippines.
As the activity concluded, the FDZ Provincial Vicar, Mo. Daria Ortega, thanked all who had gathered and helped organize the celebration. Meanwhile, Fr. Jose Ariel Tecson, RCJ, Provincial Councilor, read the Statement of the Family of the Rogate, which was the result of the year-long reflection of the YCCP.