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Eudists meet in Maryridge, visit Good Shepherd communities

Submitted by: regina
On: 14/01/2010

 

The members of the General Council of the Congregation of Jesus and Mary (CJM), also known as Eudists, were in the Philippines recently for a meeting.  They also visited AVE COR community of the Eudists in the Philippine mission and several Good Shepherd Communities in Luzon.

Photo, from left, Frs. John, Pierre, Michel and Gustavo. 

Fr. Michel Gérard CJM, Superior General, and his team, Vicar General Fr. Gustavo Londoño of Colombia, the General Councillors Fr. John Howard of the United States (North American Province) and Fr. Pierre-Yves Pecqueux of France, came for their meeting held at Maryridge, Good Shepherd Convent in Tagaytay City from January 5-11.

The General Council of the Eudists hold meetings twice a year. In his September 8, 2009 letter to the Eudists, Fr. Michel said that the meeting  would be held in the Philippines, “… a long distance away but worth our while to acquire a better knowledge of this first foundation in Asia, to meet the confreres and the candidates in formation, and to discuss local situations with them... "


Fr. Michel Gérard CJM with Good Shepherd Sisters in Maryridge, Srs. Carmela Cruz, Jeanette Rimando and Rose Tapia. (Photos, courtesy of Fr. Gustavo Londoño)

The Eudists during the Mass in Bukid Kabataan

 

The Eudists with Contemplatives, Srs. Celeste Engutan, Betty Therese Ramos, Maria Teresa Pomar, Laarni Bongato and Therese Veloso.

In Quezon City, from left to right, Fr. John Howard, Sr. Cecilia Torres, Sr. Angelina Sanchez, Sr. Suzanne Sinense, Sr. Guadalupe Bautista, Fr. Ron Bagley, Fr. Gustavo Londoño and Sr. Regina Kuizon.
The Eudists visited the Contemplatives, the various apostolates of the Good Shepherd Sisters in Tagaytay, Bukid Kabataan, St. Bridget College in Batangas City, the Provincialate and the different communities (Bahay Ugnayan, Euphrasian Community,  Good Shepherd Community, Juniorate, Novitiate) in Quezon City.  Sr. Cecile Torres RGS, province leader, also accompanied the Eudists to the Heart of Mary Vila nursery that is located at the Formation House.

Fr. Gustavo said, he and his brother priests, were grateful for the opportunity to be in the Philippines and to meet Good Shepherd Sisters and the people they minister to.

 

It was during the 64th General Assembly in August 2007,that  Fr. Michel was reelected leader of the congregation for another term (2007-2012).  A new government structure was also approved by the Assembly. The General Council of the Eudists is composed of the General Superior, a Vicar General (who resides in Rome), and two general councilors who do not live in Rome (in their provinces).

Founded by St. John Eudes in France in 1643, the Eudists, a society of Apostolic Life, is a made up of priests, deacons and laymen, incorporated or associates. Today, the Eudists are working in France, in North America, in Latin America, in the Caribbean, in Africa and the Philippines.

The Eudists began their community in the Philipines in 2006 upon the invitation of  Bishop Luis Antonio “Chito” Tagle of the Diocese of Imus. When the Eudists were introduced to the Diocese, Bishop Chito mentioned the areas they could be involved,  collaboration in the work of the already existing seminaries, the continuing formation of the clergy and the formation of lay leaders.

The current community of Eudists in the Philippines, AVE COR, is composed of  Fr. Ron Bagley of the North American province, Fr. François Jourdan  of France, Fr. Jose Angel Carrillo of Colombia, and seminarians/candidates for formation.

It was in September 2003 that Sr. Guadalupe Bautista, outgoing general councilor of the Good Shepherd Sisters, scheduled a luncheon meeting at the Good Shepherd Generalate in Rome with Bishop Chito and Fr. Amadeo, then member of the Eudists General Council. The next day, Bishop Chito who was in Rome for a meeting at the Vatican, was invited to meet with the Eudist General Council. What followed were communications and visits of the Eudists including Fr. Michel in the Diocese of Imus and the Good Shepherd convents in Tagaytay and Quezon City. The General Council invited Eudist priests from the largest provinces of France, Colombia and North America to volunteer to this special mission.

Bishop Chito who was in Rome for the Synod of Bishop in 2005, also met with the Eudists, including  Fr. Raymond Vaillancourt, CJM, Provincial of North America, responsible for the Philippine Mission.

The pioneers of the Eudist Philippine Mission included Frs. Amadeo Pedroza (Colombia), Pierre Marchand (France) and Ron Bagley (US, North America).

(RK)

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