Peace be with you!
Today, we start preparing ourselves to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the St. Matthew Province. We are grateful for the goodness of God that we experience in our life. The theme of our celebration is “Grace upon Grace” (Jn 1:16) and this is taken from the gospel of John. We publicly proclaim that God is present among us and express our faith that He will continue to be with us until the end. God’s Love is overflowing, with the first Rogationists Missionaries shared Rogate in the Philippines, God made the way for our Charism the Rogate to be shared by the Rogationists to seek other countries. We thank the Lord for making us instruments so that the Rogate will be universal.
Our three-year preparation aims to guide us for meaningful and fruitful celebration. For this formation year 2023-2024, our theme is “DAOP-PALAD ” highlighting the Grace of Prayer. For the formation year 2024-2025, our theme will be “BUKAS-PALAD ” emphasizing the Grace of Charity. For the formation year 2025-2026, our theme will be “MAPAPALAD” underlining the Grace of the Laity.
We are blessed that God uses our history to narrate His loving presence and His unconditional goodness. We thank His Excellency Willy Manlapaz for presiding our opening mass to the members of the preparatory committee and the organizers, to the judges, to the participants, to confreres, to members of the family of the Rogate, Friends, Benefactors, all people whose contribution is known by God. We thank in particular Fr. Jessie Martirizar for his leadership in making this memorable for all of us. We appreciate the participation of those who submitted their works for the Logo Making Contest and for the Theme Song Writing Contest. For the winners, congratulations! To every one of you, thank you very much! Kam-an Terimakasi! Kamsahamnida! Salamat po!
And I declare that our Triennium of preparation for the Golden Jubilee Year of the St. Matthew Province is Officially Open!
Fr. Orville Cajigal, RCJ
Provincial Superior – St. Matthew Province