25th of March 2015, the Montfortians joined the universal church in celebrating the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord. Two momentous events took place on this special day. First and foremost this is the day, we Montfortians, renew our baptismal promises to God. Second, to thank Him for a blessing of a new priest in the person of Rev. Benjie A. Notarte, SMM. The celebration took place at Sta.Teresita Parish, West Rembo Makati City. The Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan His Excellency Socrates Villegas D.D. presides the ordination, concelebrated by the Montfortian priests and some invited priests, namely the parish priest and the assistant parish priest from the home parish of Fr. Benjie in Bohol, an African-American priest assigned in Bohol and a SVD priest from Kenya, Rev Arnel Pagaduan, SMM as the deacon while Fr. Rene Bustillo, SMM as the Master of Ceremony.
It was a heartfelt moment for Fr. Benjie because the celebration was attended by his family, friends and relatives from different parts of the Philippines. It is just a sign that he is truly loved by all the people and wherever he is, he really made a mark in people’s lives.
During the Mass Fr. Benjie was asked by Archbishop Villegas if he will remain faithful in the face of many challenges a priest may encounter in his life by saying the very strong words “KAYA MO BA?”(Can you do it?), but at the end of his homily he added, “the answer is always ‘it is not certain but he must rely on the grace of God’”. And lastly he challenged him during the end of the celebration with three things; to say the mass everyday even if he’s alone, to pray always the Liturgy of the Hours, and got to confession at least once a month.
Though he just arrived in the finish line of his initial formation, the journey of Fr. Benjie is not yet finished, it is just the beginning. He was assigned to a new mission in the Collegian’s Community at 47 Scout Madriñan, South Triangle Quezon City, as a Formator of the aspirants.