SEVEN NOVICES MAKE FIRST RELIGIOUS PROFESSION
ON JUNE 3, 2018, Feast of Corpus Christi, seven Novices made their first profession of religious vows in the course of the Eucharistic celebration presided by the Provincial Superior Fr. Jose Aripio at the Sanctuary of St. Paul in Makati. Fr. Ian Paul Empig, one of the formators during their aspirancy in St. Paul Seminary, delivered the homily in which he challenged the candidates to recall their “Wow experience” with the Eucharistic Master and to witness to the self-giving of Jesus to their brothers and sisters.
The Superior General Fr. Jose Valdir de Castro, in his message, pointed to the newly-professed the example of the Founder: “Blessed James Alberione, in giving his ‘Yes’ to the call of the Lord while still young, directed his whole life, all his energies, his time, his studies... to do something for the people of his time. This is an example for us to follow, because we are called to proclaim the Gospel—who is Jesus—to today’s humanity and with the new languages of communication.”
Present in the celebration were SSP priests and brothers, members of the Pauline Family, and the families and friends of the neo-professed. Dinner was served at the Don Zanoni Gym after the mass.
The newly professed Juniors are now part of the Makati community with Fr. Alan Gamutan as formator. The new temporary professed members are: Cl. Vinz Anthony Aurellano (San Mateo, Rizal), Cl. Almir John Bagabaldo (Paete, Laguna), Cl. Jhon Fred Caranzo (Taguig City), Cl. Ronel De los Reyes (Calabanga, Camarines Sur), Cl. Sim Paul Gecana (Igbaras, Iloilo), Cl. Ramon Solomon Rivera (Angeles City, Pampanga) and Cl. Ronel Soriano (San Fernando, La Union).
SEVEN POSTULANTS ENTER NOVITIATE
ON MAY 31, 2018, the Provincial Superior Fr. Jose Aripio received seven Postulants to the Novitiate Program in San Fernando, Pampanga. Fr. Aripio entrusted them to their formator Fr. Joel Baguna. The Novitiate community and the PDDM sisters heartily welcomed the new batch of Novices, namely: John Adrian Agapito, John Ckristian Baxa, Leonard Bryan Cabatingan, Haileth Gem Enarsao, Jeuglen Legitimas, Jay-Pee Peña, Mark Anthony Puyong, and Jerome Ypulong.
FIVE ASPIRANTS ENTER POSTULANCY
ON MAY 23, 2018, the formators of St. Paul Seminary, Fr. Raymond Ferraris (Local Superior) and Fr. Norman Peña (Dean of Studies), went to Cebu to officially present the incoming Postulants to their new father master, Fr. Leonardo Ellezar. They were welcomed by the Cebu Community headed by the Local Superior Fr. Pablo Yntig. Afterwards, they paid a visit to the PDDM Community of Cebu. They will enter Postulancy on the date to be set in June.
The soon-to-be Postulants are Jan Dominic Barredo, Leomar Blasco, Edward Christian Enebrad, John Arbie Gepilga, and Eugene Isaac Leaño.