Visit of the General Delegate for JPIC and Annual Custodial Retreat

Friar Michael Lasky, OFMConv, General Delegate for Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation (JPIC), visited the Philippines from January 15 to 28, 2024. He visited various friaries and conducted conferences on JPIC for the Postulants and Novices at St. Joseph Friary on January 17 and for the Simply Professed Friars at St. Maximilian Friary on January 20.

He also facilitated the spiritual exercises of the annual Custodial retreat, held at Poggio Bustone Renewal Center of the OFM at Botolan, Zambales, from January 22 to 26, 2024. The topic he presented was "Ad Intra – Ad Extra: Franciscan JPIC as Life and Mission." Twenty-eight friars from different communities attended the retreat. During the five days, the friars reflected on the beauty from the Franciscan perspective, identified modern-day lepers, explored preaching, delved into the Stigmata of St. Francis from La Verna to Arezzo, contemplated the Easter of St. Francis and the Canticle of Creation. Friar Michael also introduced the recitation of the St. Anthony Rosary of Healing. The experience served as a time for fraternal bonding and renewal for the friars of the Custody.

Photos by: Fra Daniel and Fra John Nathan

Fra Daniel Sugatan, OFMConv.
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