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CFC GMC Treats Foreign Clergy to a Tour

AS A welcome activity for the members of the international clergy, the CFC Global Mission Center spearheaded a tour of four churches around Metro Manila last June 20, 2017.

GMC Administrator Eric Ylagan organized a team that accompanied the foreign priests, including two Bishops, to visit the Santissimo Rosario Parish inside the University of Sto. Tomas, the Manila Metropolitan Cathedral, the San Agustin Church, and the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Shrine.

His Excellencies Bishop Rochus Tatanai (Papua New Guinea) and Bishop Maurice Makumba (Kenya) were joined by Fr. Wallace Gachihi (Kenya), Fr. John Lotha Ntonse (India), Fr. Francis Fang (Shanghai), Fr. Raymond Mwale (Malawi), Fr. Martin McDermott (Lebanon), Fr. Casmir Umumukisa (Rwanda), and Fr. Natalino Soares (Tmor Leste).

Also in the tour group were Hector Poppen, Country Head for CFC India, Dom and Josie Pangilinan of CFC Australia, Valentim and Sandra Spinola from CFC East Timor, Afaty Maria of East Timor and Ramon Santiago, Regional Coordinator for CFC South Asia.

UST Director for Public Affairs, Ms. Giovanna V. Fontanilla, graciously accompanied the touring party in the Royal and Pontifical University, and presented mementos to the clergy.

A sumptuous meal awaited them at the Ristorante Delle Mitre located inside the compound of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). The delegates appreciated the Manila Cathedral and San Agustin Church tours, including the visit to the tombs of Manila Archbishops Rufino Cardinal Santos and Jaime Cardinal Sin.

At the Baclaran Church, the clergy and lay tourists watched a video presentation about the Church and the Filipinos’ devotion to Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Rev. Fr. Jerome Aila, CSsR, Sr. Heidi Gallon, MPS and lay missionary Edwin Dio Despabiladeras answered all the clergy's questions. Afterwards, the touring party offered their personal prayers at the altar.

The tour was a first, and turned out to be quite a pleasant activity, not just for the members of the clergy, but the foreign delegates as well. The feedback was so positive it was suggested that future anniversaries feature such tours. (Alma Alvarez)

Added on Monday, July 3, 2017


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