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Submitted by: rgsphil
On: 29/08/2017

To honor St. John Eudes on his Feast Day, Religious of the Good Shepherd Sisters together with the Congregation of Jesus and Mary, Little Sisters of the Poor, Inter-congregational Theological Center Brothers, vocation contacts and other invited guests attended the youth acoustic night with the theme “A heart for the World” last Aug. 19 at St. Bridget School Auditorium, Quezon City. 

Before the program began, Mr. Elias Jayson Tolentino, Resource Development Manager of St. Mary Euphrasia Integrated Development Foundation Incorporated (SMEIDFI) encouraged the participants to talk with individuals in small groups. Afterwards, an opening worship song entitled “Lord I offer my life” was sung by Ms. Jade Ruiz to start the program. It was immediately followed by a video presentation entitled “Why are you here?” The CYP Music Ministry invited everyone to sing along with them while they were playing worship songs. 

Then, the resource speakers were introduced to share their personal vocation stories. Sr. Tarcila Abaño, RGS was the first speaker who said that she found God in the most godless place. She also added that one of the major struggles she encountered was when her father did not allow her to enter the convent but she still chose to obey God’s calling. She was proud to share that she was already 50 years in the religious life and contented. A response song entitled “Your Love” was then given by Ms. Jade Ruiz.

The second speaker was Sr. Therese Merlita from San Lorenzo Ruiz Home of the Elderly. She emphasized in her sharing that if we cling to God everything will be alright. She shared that her parents did not allow her to enter the convent since she was the eldest among her siblings. For that reason, she finished her studies in college and then she went abroad to work and support her family financially. After helping them, she went back to the Philippines and entered the convent. She gladly shared that she professed her final vows as a member of the Congregation of the Little Sisters of the Poor last 2010 and she was 7 years in the religious life now. Ms. Gilda Panis sang “This is my Now’’ as the response song for Sr. Therese’s sharing. 

Fr. Dennis Jones Garcia, CJM was the last resource speaker. He shared that the Congregation of Jesus and Mary was the third congregation he tried before he became a priest. He also added that there are many challenges toward his journey to vocation but with the grace of God, he conquered such challenges. To end his sharing, he said that “If it’s really for you, it’s for you!’’ A response song “One Call Away” was presented by Inter-congregational Theological Center Brothers and Ruhama Girls.

The closing remarks were given by Sr. Ma. Añanita Borbon, RGS. She expressed her heartfelt thanks to all the people who made this event possible and she acknowledged Mr. Tolentino for organizing this meaningful event to promote vocations. The last performance was presented by the Congregation of Jesus and Mary seminarians: a worship song entitled “Yes Lord!”