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HOLD Canada Soars on Fiery Wings
Monday, October 8, 2018

CFC Handmaids of the Lord Canada held the HOLD National Conference on September 7-10, 2018 at the RBC Convention Centre in Manitoba, Winnipeg, with close to 600 delegates coming from the different provinces of Canada attending. This year’s theme was “On Fiery Wings.” On Friday morning, September 7, a Leaders Summit was held at the same venue, with Rey Tadifa, a member of the CFC Canada National Council and in charge of the Family Ministries, encouraging all the leaders to continue doing the work of God even if it entails hardships and difficulties.

Breakout sessions followed his talk, with each group discussing their struggles and dreams as members of HOLD.

The opening day of the conference started with the recitation of the Holy Rosary, followed by the Eucharistic celebration officiated by Fr. Geoffrey Angeles, Rector of St. Mary’s Cathedral, who congratulated the Handmaids of the Lord for doing the work of evangelization with love and dedication.

Tadifa and Sally Doromal, Canada National HOLD Coordinator, welcomed all the delegates and declared the conference open. After a short break, the delegates came back to the venue wearing dresses in their assigned color, complete with tiaras. The highlights of the night was the colorful Parade of Harvest Queens and the Women in Full bloom where they honored all the CFC and HOLD members who have shared their time and talents in serving the HOLD ministry.

Day 2 started with the Holy Rosary and the celebration of the Holy Mass officiated by Rev. Fr. Gerry Sembrano, parish priest of St. Emile Catholic Church.

Session 1, titled “The Gift”, was delivered by Pie Cadena, HOLD coordinator for North America, who emphasized the importance of using God given-gifts to do the work of God effectively.

Doromal gave Session 2, “The Solemn Charge,” where she encouraged the delegates to go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel.

Session 3 (“Daunting Task…Undaunted Spirit”) was given by Ludy Buencamino, HOLD Coordinator for Ontario. The session spoke of how one should be persistent in doing God’s work whether it is convenient or inconvenient.

Talk 4 (“The Time has Come”) was given by Norma Borja, HOLD Coordinator for Europe, who shared that the Holy spirit and all the gifts that proceed from Him will enable everyone to be self-possessed and empowered to put up with all the hardships.

The talks became more powerful with the inspiring and life-changing testimonies by HOLD sisters from the different areas.

After the talks, HOLD transformed the venue into a Fantasy Land with everyone dressed in elegant and beautiful glittering gowns. The night was filled with singing, dancing, non-stop music and endless fun and fellowship.

The last day of the conference started with the praying of the Rosary and the celebration of the Holy Eucharist led by Fr. Peter Nemcek, Parochial Vicar of St. Mary’s Cathedral. The last talk titled “On Fiery Wings” was delivered by Didi Galsim, HOLD Coordinator for the Americas. She talked about rekindling the gift and fulfilling the ministry of HOLD.

The conference ended with the most awaited ceremony during which special awards were given to the different areas. The venue was filled with joyful clapping and chanting as each area received their special awards. The excitement escalated even more as Toronto was announced as the next host for the 2019 HOLD National Conference. (Malou Clarito)



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