Last Saturday, the Calabrian religious community (brothers and sisters) in Cagayan de Oro had their monthly recollection in Bayabas Community. It was facilitated by Fr. Jeffrey Singzon with the theme: “The Meaning and Purpose of Life”, with the inspiration of St. John Calabria’s thought, “What a great gift to be called to be part of this family! What a great gift, but what a great responsibility”. This spiritual activity also marks the gathering of the new set of religious communities here in Cagayan de Oro.

Cagayan de Oro City: Sr. Maria Chiara facilitated a session of formation with the two pre-novices (Ardiomer Amabao and Leanard Tadena) and the three 2nd year postulants (Kim Almacen, Joric Gabasa, and Amante Julaton) last November 19, 2020, held at the social hall of PSDP Novitiate House. It was also attended by Fr. Daniel Masin.

The topic of the formation was Personal Project of Life, a prayerfully discerned plan of life in the context of one’s on-going formation. May the things that our pre-novices and postulants have learned from Sr. Chiara may be of help to their growth as disciples of Christ.

Taytay: Last November 11, 2020 from 10:00 pm to 8:00 am in the following day, torrential rain and strong wind brought by the typhoon Ulysses caused the ground floor of the Bro. Francisco Perez Clinic and Calabrian Formation School building to submerge. While there was no major damage on our facilities however, massive floods in the surroundings left the neighborhood municipalities like Marikina City and Rodriguez, Rizal appealing for rescue, evacuation and food.

Calbayog City: Today, Nazareth Formation House (NFH) community celebrates the feast day of their founder and spiritual father, St. John Calabria. The eucharistic celebration in his honor was presided over by his excellency, Most Rev. Isabelo C. Abarquez, DD, Bishop of Calbayog and was concelebrated by priests from the diocese and from the PSDP congregation.

Despite the COVID pandemic, guests and visitors, lay collaborators and members of the NFH board of management came over to participate and join the community in this annual celebration.

Taytay: Last October 24, 2020 at 9:00 pm here in the Philippines, the entire Calabrian Family throughout the world was united to pray the Missionary Rosary with the theme: “’Here I am: send me’. Weavers of fraternity.” It was done with introduction led by the Casante Fr. Miguel Tofful and each Mystery was led by different designated delegations present in various continents. The fifth mystery, led by Fr. Randy Lingo, was assigned to Mary Mother of the Poor Delegation comprising Philippines and Papua New Guinea .