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National Officers Visit Sangley Point, August 4, 2013

National Adviser Patsy Henson and Vice President for Luzon Mely Diaz visited Our Lady of Naval Parish in Sangley Point Naval Base, Cavite on August 4, 2013. Our MBMG chapter is the regular sponsor of the First Sunday Mass, and on this occasion, eight new members were inducted.

Chapter President Edith Loria met the National officers before the 7 am Mass and showed them the improvements that have been made in the Chapel since the last visit of the officers two years ago.  There is a beautiful life size statue of Our Lady of Naval to the right of the main chapel that is the focus of much devotion. The main chapel itself has been completely renovated.  Our members clean the chapel every Saturday and are responsible for maintaining the vestments and altar linen.

It was a joyous visit!  Parish Priest Fr Simon Arana, a native of Iloilo, is an energetic shepherd, especially of the youth.  During the Mass, new members of the Hijas de Maria were also inducted, very young girls already pledging to live lives with our Blessed Mother as their guide.  Patsy and Mely spoke to some of the young girls, and urged them to join MBMG when they are a bit older. 

In remarks before the final blessing, Fr. Simon expressed his gratitude for the support that MBMG has given to priests all over the Philippines and especially Our Lady of Naval Parish.  The National officers were pleased that this relatively new chapter is making a difference in the Parish and community that they serve.

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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.


Mother Butler Foundation Gives 3 Burses in Bacolod


Rosie Osmena Valencia, President of the Mother Butler Foundation and Chairperson of the National Advisory Council of MBMG, graced the Visayas Regional Conference with her presence. The delegates warmly applauded when Mrs. Valencia was introduced as the daughter of the late President Sergio Osmena, who hailed from the Visayas. Also in attendance was Mary-Lou Albert, member of the Foundation and likewise a National Adviser.  Mrs. Albert gave a brief talk on the work of the Foundation, a small group of 10 women whose work is focused on raising funds to aid seminaries.


Together with Patsy Henson, the National President, 3 Seminary grants were given to the following Seminaries in the Visayas:

1.  Sacred Heart Seminary, Bacolod City, represented by the Rector, Fr. Jess Marmanato

2.  St. John Mary Vianney Seminary, San Carlos City, represented by the Procurator, Fr. Froilan Tamayo

3.  Sacred Heart Seminary, Palo Leyte, represented by Fr. Dagsa


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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