The Philippine Apostolate of Education

billboard.jpgThe La Salette mission in the Philippines began in 1948 in the Diocese of Ilagan. The major thrust of trhose first Missionaries was evangelization. From the very beginning, both the Bishop and the local people asked them to make the apostolate of education one of their priorities. The government assured a fairly wide range of elementary schools throughout the country. What was lacking for a large majority of children, except those who lived in and neat large cities, was high school education. As a result La Salette Missionaries began setting up high schools in many smaller towns The town of Ramon, some 13

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An Immigrant Ministering to Immigrants

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Fr. Pancho Negri, M.S.


He had just turned 50 a few days earlier and had only been ordained for five years when “Padre Pancho” died in Argentina on September 28, 2009. Born to Jose and Josefina Negri on September 24, 1959 in Santiago del Estero, Argentina, Francisco Negri soon became known as Pancho to his friends. When the family moved to the outskirts of Buenos Aires, many miles south of Santiago del Estero, they settled in the city of Derqui, into a parish where the La Salette Missionaries ministered. There he grew up. His outgoing personality allowed him easily to make friends wherever he went.

Moving from Place to Place

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I am scared… but I still believe

 

PEOPLE LINE UP FOR GAS IN AFTERMATH
OF MAJOR QUAKE IN HAITI


A Letter from Port-Au-Prince, Haiti:
A Journal of the Earthquake and Its Aftermath
By Fr. Andrew Laboratorio, CICM, A Missionhurst Missionary
(shared by Fr. Bernie Baris, M.S.)

 

Fr. Andrew is a 40 year old Missionhurst Priest from the Philippines, working as a pastor in one of the poorest sections of Port-au-Prince.
He has 80,000 people in his neighborhood.


 

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My Trip to Mayanmar

Fr. David Kyaw, MS, whom I met in Myanmar

My visit to Myanmar in November of 2005 began long before I sent my passport to get a visa. It was the fulfillment of a dream. For over 50 years I had heard of places with exotic sounding names like Rangoon, Prome, Sandoway, Akyab, Thayetmyo and Mandalay. And then there was the swift-flowing Irrawaddy River that captured my imagination. I could now experience being in most of them. Part of my preparation was to get myself psycologically set for the trip. I developed a mantra that I kept repeating: Keep an open mind and delight in the ordinary! This was tested the very first day of the trip. With a morning flight out of JFK airport in New York, I check into a small hotel the evening before. It was raining hard and there was no eating facility in or near it, but a local restaurant advertised delivery service to the hotel. So I called and ordered a hamburger and a beer. When it came, the delivery person had forgotten the beer. He said I could either deduct the amount of the beer or pay for it and he would deliver it later. I chose the second option, ate the hamburger and waited for the beer. After an hour of waiting, I was sure I had been duped and would never get beer. So I drank water. O, ye of little faith! A few minutes after I downed a couple of glasses of water, the delivery person arrived with the beer. I repeated my mantra to myself, thanked him for the delivery and delightfully drank the beer. I considered this episode a good omen for the trip!

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La Salette Sisters in Myanmar

 Perpetual Profession of Srs.
Margaret, Theresa and Mary, SNDS

The new La Salette Mission in Myanmar is shared, each in a particular way, by both the La Salette Sisters and La Salette Missionaries. On November 22, just a few days after the care of the Chanthagon Marian Shrine in Mandalay, central Myanmar, was confided to the Missionaries, the Sisters celebrated a special event in Myikyina, farther to the north. It marked a definitive engagement to living religious life when Srs. Margaret Zing Htung Hkawn Ri, Theresa Kareng Hkawan Htoi and Mary N-Htung Hka Yun Ja pronounced their perpetual profession. Sr. Margaret shared with us some of her reflections while preparing for that event at the Chanthagon Shrine:

God is not just the starting point of my life…He is the source of it. God planned where I would be born and live. My race as Jinghpaw and my nationality as Myanmar are no accident. It’s all for a purpose.

 The Bible tells us, “God is love.” LOVE is the essence of God’s character.

The three vows I made are expressions of my love for God. My vowed life is a journey which is far greater than my own personal fulfillment, my peace of mind or even my happiness. It requires a change in my priorities, my relationships and everything else. It will sometimes mean choosing a difficult path instead of an easy one. …
Nothing shapes my life more than the commitment I chose to live forever through the three vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. As a La Salette Sister, I am vowed to love, and share, to embrace all, especially the poor and the helpless in society. Thus, perpetual profession for me is to receive a new creation, new life, new strength and a new commitment as I go on in the way of Mary’s life-giving style of listening, praying and acting.



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