Every year in January, the Philippine Region holds its Annual Assembly. The purpose of this gathering is to evaluate the activities of the Region and plan new ones. This year the assembly was held in Cagayan de Oro City from January 5 – 8. As usual it started with short recollection, meditation and confession. The theme of the recollection was “The year of the Poor” in the Philippines and “Year of Consecrated Life” in the Universal Church and was delivered by Miss Venus Guibone, a lay formator at the St. Vianney Theological Seminary in Cagayan de Oro Archdiocese.
The second day was dedicated to the personal sharing of important events in the past year and our feelings as of now. Because of the big number of participants (31) it took almost a whole day. The personal sharing was followed by reporting of activities starting by different stages of formation, commissions and parishes, ending with the report from Taiwan and Vietnam. The second part of the third day and whole fourth day was dedicated to discussion of different topics that emerged during the reporting and planning new activities for the year 2015. Many nice ideas that came out have to be given due attention during our monthly meetings.
The meeting was well prepared and conducted in a fraternal atmosphere, even the weather was quite bad, most of the time it was raining.