Tuesday, June 21, 2011

RP19's Signing of Agreement

After a long and uncertain wait for the visa of RP19, the day finally came when She, Reins and Jo finally heard what they have long waited to hear. "Please come back tomorrow afternoon for your visa." It was, as She recalled, the sweetest thing she ever heard in a looonng time.

Sherryl Lou Capili signs her agreement
So on Saturday, June 18, a  Eucharistic Celebration was prepared in thanksgiving for God's many blessings. It was the day She, Reins and Jo signed their agreement for a three (3) year term as Columban Lay Missionaries to Taiwan.  It was also a celebration to welcome Peruvian Ana Belma Flores for her second term in the Philippines, John Din as the new CLM Coordinator, and Monaliza Esteban (Baguio City), Liezl Ladaran (Cagayan de Oro) and Marjorie Engcoy (Ozamiz City), collectively known as PH20, for the orientation program.

 Present during this celebration was Joan's mother whom everyone endearingly call Mommy Yap,  She's mother who was celebrating her birthday that day and two brothers,  Rein's father, sister and some nephews and nieces.  Present also are returned lay missionaries Rheena Babanto (RP7, Korea 1998-2001), Marilou Borje (RP10, Peru 2001-2004), Necita Fetalvero (RP11, Korea 2002-2011), Violie Villaraiz (RP16, Korea    2007-2010), and Josie Manuel (RP2, Brazil 1993-1995).  Presiding the mass is Fr. Darwin Bayaca, newly appointed Vice-Director of the Missionary Society of St. Columban,Philippine Region.  

Reins, She, and Jo expressing their commitment as lay missionaries
During homily, Fr. Darwin encouraged RP19 to bring with them an empty bowl to Taiwan. This empty bowl represents their openness to listen to what other people has to say.   Likewise, Fr. Darwin also encouraged them to bring an empty bowl when they come home after three years.

The three left for Taiwan today June 22.  See more pictures here.

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