On April 10, 2018, the SMM Philippine Delegation held another assembly to conclude the pastoral visit of the Superior General, Rev. Fr. Luiz Augusto Stefani, SMM and Rev. Fr. Rozario Menezes, SMM. The event took place at New Manila, Quezon City, Philippines attendeb by all communities. These communities were: Aspirancy, Postulancy, Novitiate, Scholasticate, St. Louis-Marie de Montfort Chaplaincy-Dagupan, Montfort Center, Montfort Center of Spirituality, and Santa Teresita Parish.
The assembly started at 2:30pm with an animation song “This is the day” by Rev. Fr. Benjie Notarte, SMM together with the Scholastics. It was then followed by an opening prayer by Rev. Fr. Sherwin Nuñez, SMM. The assembly was facilitated by Rev. Fr. Richard Magararu, SMM, Delegation Superior. The highlight of the assembly was the sharing of the dreams of each community and the delegation as a whole. After that, the Superior General expressed his gratitude for welcoming them warmly and for the enriching experiences throughout his pastoral visit.
Rev. Fr. Luiz Augusto Stefani, SMM made aware that we are missionaries and challenged everyone to be ready to be sent for mission. He encouraged to be open to learn new languages. The assembly culminated with a Eucharistic Celebration which was presided by Rev. Fr. Rozario Menezes, SMM.
After the Eucharistic Celebration, a simple yet splendid dinner was shared together including the Indonesian confreres, Fr. Kashimir and Fr. Ordy. It was also a despedida party for Fr. Luiz and Fr. Rozario. Each community presented a tribute to the Superior General and his assistant through meaningful songs and dances. The night ended with a Closing Remarks by Fr. Richard Magararu, SMM and a prayer.
- Bro. John Michael G. Uy, SMM