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Visayas Regional Conference: Bacolod City

 

The first of the regional conferences of 2011 was held in the City of Smiles on the weekend of September 24 - 25, with 470 registered delegates from around the Visayas, and National Advisers and Officers in attendance. Centered on the theme "Eucharistic Spirituality in the life of the Mother Butler Mission Guilds", the keynote speaker, Rev Fr. Nolan A. Que, discussed in detail, and with appealing humor, the importance and significance of the Holy Eucharist in the lives of guild members and the life of service each has committed to.  Members were reminded that service means nothing without the joy that can only come from hearts afire with love for Jesus.

 

Special mention was given to the largest of the delegations from the Diocese of Palo, with 87 delegates.  The host Chapter of Bacolod was present in force, with 203 members extending gracious hospitality. A fellowship night with Hawaiian as the motif provided colorful entertainment with guest performers and Chapter dance numbers from Cebu, Iloilo, Kabankalan, and Bacolod.

 

 
Naga: Visit of National Officers

 

After the successful visit to Daet and the very animated meeting with Bishop Gilbert Garcera. the National Officers headed for Naga City.  National President Patsy Henson, Vice President for Luzon Lilia Pineda and National Secretary Mely Diaz drove through the beautiful mountains of Camarines, escorted by Tito Henson, husband of Patsy, whom the ladies teasingly called "FG" (First Gentleman).

It was a very rainy weekend in Naga, but Judge Freddie gathered 15 members at the Conference Room of Avenue Hotel.  The Naga (Caceres) Chapter is active in their parishes, although they are looking for ways to increase membership.

 
Visit of Bishop Thomas Macwan of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

 

 

The Most Rev. Bishop Thomas Ignatius Macwan of the Diocese of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India never imagined in his whole life that he would ever have the opportunity to visit the Philippines.  But in May 2011, through the assistance of Sr. Savita Parmar of Elsie Gaches Village, MBMG extended an invitation to Bishop Thomas.  Through the generosity of Josie Razon, the travel arrangements were finalized and the ten-day visit began on the 11th of May. For the Bishop, it was a great joy to be in a land of many Churches and many Catholics.  It was a joy for him to see a land that was clean and green and a people he deemed disciplined and orderly.  For those of us fortunate enough to travel around the metropolis with him, it was an opportunity to appreciate the many gifts of our land and people as seen through the eyes of a very sympathetic foreigner.

The Bishop visited Christ the King Greenmeadows, where he was briefed on the work of the guild, with the hope that a similar organization can be set up in India.  He also visited the Loyola House of Studies, San Jose Seminary, EAPI, the GK Village in Novaliches, and he went along for the pilgrimage to Las Pinas and a field trip to Taal.  The highlight of the visit was a courtesy call on Cardinal Rosales, whose hospitality and lively, nostalgia-filled stories of his life in Mindanao touched Bishop Thomas deeply.

 

 
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