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CFC OSM Plans for 2018

Volunteers of the CFC Order of St. Michael coming from Manila, as well as Baguio and Cebu, started arriving at Hotel Dominique on February 11, 2018 for the CFC Order of St. Michael Strategic Planning. 


A total of 73 delegates logged in, all eager and enthusiastic to take part in crafting the plans for the year for OSM. The event started with prayer and worship led by Derrick Aguilar from MM South B. Willy Ona, OSM Vice-head, followed with his welcome remarks, putting emphasis on service to God in the uniformed personnel sector.


In his inspirational message, CFC Chairman Melo Villaroman Jr. recounted memories of his father and grandfather who were both in the military service, and how they were instrumental in guiding him to love God and his family. He narrated that if OSM CEP had been available for the military personnel and leadership back then, more soldiers would have been guided to live righteous and better lives.


SOCDEV Head Mon de Leon zeroed in on ‘The Good News of Deliverance” in his message. He shared that he has recognized in his life the value of CFC household prayer meetings, chapter prayer assemblies, serving in the CLP as a way of life for CFC, while serving in the social development programs such the CFC Migrants Program, CFC Project ReForm, or the OSM. 


He emphasized that the latter programs are “extra mile” service that every CFC should get involved in. Art Alabanza, OSM Head, presented his vision for OSM, showing the delegates how OSM came to be, starting from a prophesy by St. Louis de Monfort in 1700 saying, “Mary will raise up apostles of the latter times to make war against the evil one… the power of Mary over all the devils will specially shine forth in the latter times…” He believes it is now the time and OSM is Mary’s army of apostles. 


Alabanza presented a SWOT analysis of OSM, as well as OSM’s strategies and targets for the year. He emphasized that the group should always remember to be humble for the OSM is God’s work and that each person is called to be His workers. Ricky Cuenca had everybody on fire with his message: “The work is big and we need on fireworkers, we need the passion and the re-energized spirit to fulfill the vision of families in the spirit renewing the face of the earth.” 


Before the lunch break, Roland Arrogante facilitated the team building session. The activity elicited powerful realizations about the mission in OSM.In the afternoon session, the assembly was divided into several groups, each discussing the different branches of the military, namely: Group NBI (led by Roland Ong); Group PRO4 CALABARZON (Tony O’bien); Group Cebu (Larry Gonzaga); Group PNP CG MAAP PMMA (Jess Millan); Group PMA (Claro Unson); Group Airport Police (Ric Martin); Group OSM Documentation (Imee Ona); Group Philippine Army (Rudy Jimenez); and Group PNP BJMP BFP (Benny Fortajada). On Day 2, Fr. Ian Emping, SSP, of Cavite, celebrated theMass. In his homily, he encouraged CFC OSM to serve wholeheartedly as they answer the call of God to serve. After the Eucharistic celebration, the groups presented their respective SWOT analyses and strategies to the plenary.


With the OSM Vision, the uniformed personnel have so much to look forward to through the Character Enhancement Modules. The positive feedback both from thevolunteers from CFC OSM and the military personnel who have undergone the modules are affirmations that reiterate the Holy Father Pope Francis’ call to help and evangelize themen and women in the military and police forces.


Alabanza reminded the group to adhere to the OSM Motto: “Pride will destroy us, humility empowers us” and reminded them that much needs to be done in order to fulfill the mission entrusted to them.

Finally, Arrogante gave a recap of the planning session and provided the participants with some pointers to take away: 


1.  Accountability; 

2.  Leadership; 

3.  Follow through; 

4.  Avoid being blindsided by annoying issues; 

5.  Put God first and everything will follow; 

6.  Work within one’s sphere of influence and do not forget to seek the help of God and other people every time one is stonewalled; 

7.  Be humble, submit to the leadership of your elders and never allow the ego to be an issue.


CFC IC member and Evangelization and Missions Director Arnel Santos charged the volunteers of CFC OSM, quoting words from Book of 2 Timothy 4:1-5: “I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.

As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” Santos assured the volunteers of the IC support and added that he will help encourage the Metro Manila Sectors to embrace the mission of OSM. He also pledged to initiate the meeting of the Sector SOCDEV heads of Metro Manila and OSM leaders, and look into the possibility of using untapped funds of the ANCOP Global Walk as scholarship funds for children of uniformed personnel. (Elmer D. Jacob)

Added on Monday, March 12, 2018



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