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AMRSP Joint Convention held in Iloilo; delegates reflect on the theme Consecrated Persons Accompanying the Filipino Youth

Submitted by: rgsphil
On: 12/10/2019


The Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines (AMRSP) gathered in Iloilo City last July 14-17 for the joint convention with the theme, “Consecrated Persons Accompanying the Filipino Youth in mission: Beloved, Gifted, Empowered.”

Two hundred five provincials and delegates of men and women congregations attended the convention. Resource persons were Bishop Leopoldo Jaucian, SVD, DD, Chair of Episcopal Commission on Youth on the theme of the convention; Archbishop Antonio Ledesma, SJ, DD, of Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro on “The National Situation from the Mindanao Perspective;” Ms. Leslie Ann Rosal of Ateneo de Manila, Theology Department, on “#Millennials: Understanding the Filipino Youth Towards Church Transformation and Mission;” Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, Diocese of Pasig, on “P/Reaching to the Post-Millennials in the Philippine Contemporary Culture;” Sean Patrick Lovett, the Vatican Chief Correspondent and Vice President of the Center for Research and Education in Communication on “Impacting Young People’s Lives Through Communication, the Greatest Thrill;” and Fr. John Era, CM, on “The Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal: The Challenges and Opportunities Accompanying the Youth in the World Today.”

In the Philippines, two distinct associations, Association of Major Religious Superiors of Men in the Philippines (AMRSMP) & Association of Major Religious Superiors of Women (AMRSWP), come together into one called Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines (AMRSP). They recognize many common elements in their role, mission and vocation as religious. Their common understanding and perception of this role is set forth in the AMRSP VISION-MISSION Statement. Major Superiors can  meet together in conferences and councils, so that by combined effort they may work to achieve more fully the purpose of each institute, while respecting the autonomy, nature and spirit of each. They can also deal with affairs which are common to all, and network to establish suitable coordination and cooperation with Episcopal Conferences and with individual Bishops.
Besides the convention theme, the delegates also talked about Climate Change, Injustices, Corruption, Violation of Human Rights, Accompaniment and Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, Christus Vivit.

The AMRSP, also met separately as Association of Major Religious Superiors of Men in the Philippines (AMRSMP) and Association of Major Religious Superiors of Women in the Philippines (AMRSWP) to elect the new set of leaders for the next three years.

Co –Chairpersons Fr. Cielito Almazan OFM and Sr. Regina Kuizon RGS, led the AMRSP from 2016-2019. Fr. Cielito and his team were elected during the June 2016 meeting held in Maryridge, Tagaytay, while Sr. Regina and her team were elected during the July 2016 convention held at the Central Luzon State University in San Jose, Nueva Ecija.

The AMRSP Board of Trustees 2016-2019: Fr. Cielito Almazan OFM, Sr. Regina Kuizon, co-chairpersons; Fr. Eduardo Apungan CMF, Sr. Julie Saguibo SFIC, vice-chairpersons; Fr. Joseph Matitu SSS, Sr. Niceta Vargas OSA, treasurers; board members were: Fr. Paul Bicomong SDB, Bro. JJ Jimenez FSC, Fr. Copernicus Perez CSSR, Fr. Gerard Timoner OP, Sr. Josephine Mata FAS, Sr. Sophia Taguinod OP, Sr. Leslie LGC and Sr. Gertrude TDM.

The members of the AMRSP Board of Trustees, 2019-2022 are:

Co-Chairpersons:Fr. Cielito Almazan, OFM, and Sr. Marilyn Java, RC Vice Co-Chairpersons: Fr. Roel de la Cruz,SSS, and Mo. Nemia Daral, OP Board Members: Fr. Elias Ayuban, CMF, Fr. Copernicus Perez, CSsR, Bro. Daryl Jusay, OH, Fr. Peter Casino, OSA, Fr. Orville Cajigal, RCJ, Fr. Ignacio Bercades ,sdP, Fr. Ricardo Basquines, MF, Fr. Leonardo Cabrera, MSC,  Sr. Lucena Antipala, AR, Sr. Mirasol Navidad, RSCJ, Sr. Corazon Sanchez, SIHM, Sr. Carmelita Victoria, SSpS, Sr. Elizabeth Ello, SSpS, Sr. Rosemary Plaza, MSM, Sr. Maria Gina Gorre, FSPIF and Sr. Maria Ofelia Daet, OP

Good Shepherd Sisters who attended the 2019 Joint AMRSP convention were Sr. Regina and Sr. M. Susan Montano.

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Several delegates with Bp Antonio Ledesma of the Episcopal Commission on Mutual Relations
(between bishops and consecrated persons)
  AMRSP Secretariat and Mission Partners with
  Sr. Regina and Abp. Angel Lagdameo,
  archbishop emeritus of the Archdiocese of Jaro.