This formation year 2019-2020, the SMM Vocation kicks off its promotional activities. It started with a posting of the SMM Posters on September 22, 2019 to some parishes of the Archdiocese of Manila and Diocese of Cubao. The four scholastics namely, Bro. Francois Leonard P. Ancheta, SMM; Bro. Ronald B. Baruela, SMM; Bro. Armel R. Collantes, SMM and Bro. Lester C. Bonete, SMM were sent individually to their selected vicariates of the Diocese of Cubao and Archdiocese of Manila.
On September 28,2019, the Vocation team went to the Diocese of San Jose, Nueva Ecija for its 1st Vocation Jamboree. It was Bro. Armel Collantes, SMM and Bro. Ronald Baruela, SMM who represented the SMM Vocation team.
The program started with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at 9:00 AM which was presided by Most Rev. Roberto C. Mallari, DD, the bishop of San Jose, Nueva Ecija and was concelebrated by Fr. Ian Christian Andal, Diocesan Vocation Director and some diocesan priests. On his homily, Bishop Mallari, explains to the young men and women present, the theme of the Vocation Jamboree: All Vocations are intended by God to manifest His love in the world. After the homily, the renewal of vows of the Knights of the Altar of the diocese took place.
After the Holy Mass, the program continued with series of talks on Vocation discernment and animation songs and dances by the Diocesan Commission on Youth from different parishes. During breaktime, young men and women from Grades 6 to 12 and few college students and young professionals had visited the booth of the congregations. In the afternoon, after the series of talks and sharing of vocation stories, the different congregations were given a chance to promote their respective congregations at the stage, facing the crowd.
The Vocation Jamboree ended with praise and worship songs led by the diocesan Commission on Youth and Commission on Vocations.Fr. Federick B. Yumang, SMM, the vocation director and the members of the vocation team, Bro. Armel Collantes, SMM; Bro. Francois Leonard P. Ancheta, SMM; Bro. Lester C. Bonete, SMM; Bro. Ronald B. Baruela, SMM; Bro. Samuel M. Gonzales, SMM and Bro. John Michael G. Uy, SMM will be going to participate in some vocation jamborees and promotion activities of the Directors of Vocations in the Philippines.
-Bro. Armel R. Collantes,SMM