Annual Custodial Gathering

The Friars of the Philippine Custody of the Immaculate Conception and Blessed Bonaventure of Potenza gathered at the end of the civil year at St. Joseph Friary in Tagaytay City to celebrate a Marian feast day of the Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Secondary Patroness of the Philippines.

The three-day gathering from December 11-13, 2023, started with a conference given by Fr. Norman Melchor Peña, SSP, PhD., on the spirituality of communications under the topic Speak the Truth in Love. It was followed by a presentation and approval of the Custodial Directory on the Use of New Media. The day ended with games and video chat with Filipino friars assigned abroad during the Christmas party.

On the second day, was a pre-chapter assembly on the Custodial Statutes. The friars divided into work-groups devoted the whole day discussing the proposed provisions for the statutes. During the evening Holy Mass, the Provincial Custos, Fra Emmanuel Giva, OFMConv., led the solemn consecration of the Filipino Custody to the Immaculate Conception. The last day was a plenary session presenting the results of the work-groups and clarifications on some points of the proposed provisions. On January 31 to February 02, 2024, the friars will once again gather for the Extra-Ordinary Custodial Chapter on the Statutes.

Photos by: Fra Daniel Sugatan, Fra John Nathan Maagma, Fra Matthias Montero and Fra Martin Gabito

Fra Emmanuel Giva, OFMConv.
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