In celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Inspiration of the Rogate, in the context of the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons in the Philippines, with the Rogate Family, the Daughters of Divine Zeal and the Rogationists jointly held their Feast of July the First at the Our Lady of Divine Zeal Convent in Marikina City. The event which took on the theme "Jesus is the Heart of Communion and Abiding Source of Renewal for the Rogate Family", had Fr. Herman Abcede, RCJ to preside over the Holy Mass, after which Fr. Ulrich Gacayan, RCJ deliver a talk on the salient points of the 2017 document from the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life entitled "For New Wine in New Wineskins", from which Mo. Dolores Acluba, FDZ, drew and presented the challenges it poses. In smaller groups the participants were given the opportunity to share their thoughts on how the said document touches their lives. Among the highlights of the day's affairs was the prolonged Eucharistic Adoration led alternatingly by the Deacons. May the values of this peculiar feast of the coming of Jesus to permanently dwell among the children of St. Hannibal Mary strengthen in them the gift of the Rogate, and in gratitude, live by its divine demands!
Bro. Christian Allan R. De Sagun, RCJ