On February 5, 2018, the SCJ Philippine Region began its annual assembly. It was held at the Sacred Heart Formation House in Cagayan de Oro City and was attended by 30 confreres, including Fr. Eduardo Aguero, SCJ, from Macao (ICA) and Fr. Khoa Viet Nguyen, SCJ, representing the District of Vietnam.
The theme of the assembly, as proposed by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), was “Renewed Servant-Leaders for the New Evangelization” and was dedicated to Clergy and Consecrated Persons. “We aim towards the integral renewal of the values, mindset, behavior and lifestyles of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons. Following the example of the Good Shepherd, they are invited to become servant-leaders who care most especially for the least, the lost and the last,” state the bishops.
As usual, the assembly started with a short reflection on the theme, guided by Fr. Eduardo. That was followed by a reconciliation service led by Fr. Patrick Gutib, SCJ, and confession and adoration.
In the afternoon of the first day, the participants shared their personal experiences and insights regarding last year and the main topic of the assembly.
The day ended with the Eucharistic celebration presided by Fr. Francis Pupkowski, SCJ, supper and common recreation. The second day was dedicated to the reports by communities and different fields of activities of the region. The main topic will be elaborated on the third and fourth day of the assembly under the guidance of the primary moderator, Fr. Eduardo.
The assembly concluded on February 9, 2018.