Provincia San Matteo (Filippina)

Magbokasyon sa Bakasyon (56th World Day of Prayer for Vocations)

PARAÑAQUE CITY (17 May 2019) – With more than 500 youth delegates from the different parishes of the Diocese of Parañaque, the Magbokasyon sa Bakasyon, which is the annual celebration of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, was held last May 11-12, 2019 at the Father Di Francia Center of Studies, Sucat, Parañaque City.

This year’s inspiration of the Magbokasyon sa Bakasyon came from the theme of Pope Francis’ message for the 56th World Day of Prayer for Vocations: “Take a Risk for God’s Promise!”

PamilyaRog Bicol 2019

On April 27-28, 2019, the Pamrog Bicol Region (Pamilyang Rogasyonista in Bicol) held their Pamrog Encounter in Nature Spring, Irosin Sorsogon. Fr. JessieMartirizar RCJ, together with Rev Bryan PuraTTutasRcj, Rev Harvey Caño Cestina Rcj and some Rogationist Religious and Mr Rolly Lao and Dr Edna Sasing Lao arrived on April 26. They were warmly welcomed by some parents and former seminarians from Irosin.

Visit of the Pilgrim Heart Relic of St. Camillus de Lellis

On March 26, 2019, the Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish welcomed the Pilgrim Heart Relic of St. Camillus de Lellis. This is the Heart that our Fr. Founder, St. Hannibal Mary Di Francia took care of for almost 25 years during the suppression of the religious institutes in Messina, Italy. It was St. Hannibal who recovered the Heart Relic of St. Camillus from the ruins of the Cathedral of Messina after the earthquake. St.

Annual Strategic Planning – St. Matthew Province

St. Matthew Province Superior Fr. Orville Cajigal and his Council held a two-day Strategic and Annual Planning on March 12-13, 2019, at the Oasis of Prayer in Silang, Cavite, involving all the Commissions of the Circumscription. It was both an evaluation of the previous school year that is about to end, and the projections for the incoming school year 2019-20. 

Acceptance of New UPV Members

The community of the St. Hannibal Rogate Center in Paranaque City (Philippines) welcomed 21 new members of the Union of Prayer for Vocations. Fr. Dexter Prudenciano, RCJ, Vicar Provincial of St. Matthew Province, presided over the Mass and the Rite of Entrance of members. Fr. Jessie Martirizar, Superior of the community, with the postulants, witnessed the simple, yet solemn event at the community chapel on March 10, 2019. Thanks for the formation courses and other preparations facilitated by Fr. Joseph Arcaño, RCJ, in collaboration with the senior members of the UPV.

Benefit Concert for the Seminary in Cebu

The Rogationist Seminary- Cebu held a two-hour concert for a cause entitled "LIFT UP YOUR HEARTS" to gather funds for the renovation of the seminary building. The building, whose construction was completed in 1990, has served as the House of Formation of generations of  Rogationist Religious and Priests coming from the Visayas and Mindanao Regions. The 29 year-old building that has suffered due to natural calamities like typhoons and earthquakes in the past, needs repair and maintenance.

St. Matthew Province Formators' Annual Meeting

Formators of St. Matthew Province gathered on February 22-23, 2019, at the Oasis of Prayer in Lalaan II, Silang, Cavite for their annual meeting organized by the Commission on the Religious Life, Formation and Vocation Ministry, chaired by Fr. Ariel Tecson, RCJ, the Provincial Councilor of the Sector. The main objective of this year's meeting is to discern, discuss and decide on some urgent concerns affecting issues on formation, particularly on the curriculum of studies. The two-day encounter commenced with an insightful talk of Fr.

400 youths at Vocation Camp

The Rogationist Seminary in Cebu (Philippines) welcomed around 400 youths for an overnight Youth Vocation Camp on February 16-17, 2019. The Vocation Camp is an annual initiative of the Seminary, but this year takes as special dimension because of the recent Synod of Bishops on the Youth, Faith and Vocation Discernment, as well as the celebration of the World Youth Day in Panama.

First Profession and Renewal of Vows

Bro. Gabriel Motol signing the formula of first profession, while Fr. Orville Cajigal, the Superior of St. Matthew Province, witnesses it.
Bro. Gabriel Motol Jr. professing his vows as a Rogationist for the first time, in the hands of Fr. Orville Cajigal, Superior of St. Matthew Province.
Ms. Cecilia De Castro renewing her vows as a lay consecrated of the Missionaries of the Rogate (Missionarie Rogazioniste)
Group photo at the Chapel of St. Anthony's Boys Village in Cavite, Philippines.

On December 16, 2018, at the Chapel of the St. Anthony's Boys Village, Cavite, Philippines, Nov. Gabriel Motol, Jr. made his First Profession of the Vows, after an experience of a year and a half in the Novitiate. Within the same Eucharistic Liturgy presided over by Fr. Orville Cajigal, the Provincial Superior of the St. Matthew Province, Ms. Ma. Cecilia De Castro renewed her vows as a member of the  Missionaries of the Rogate (Missionarie Rogazioniste). 

(by Bro. Christian De Sagun)

Thanksgiving Mass in Vietnam of the First Four Vietnamese Rogationist Priests

Invitation card for the Thanksgiving Mass in Ho Chi Minh City.
The newly ordained priests with their parents after the Thanksgiving Mass.
Fr. Rampazzo, Superior General, poses with the delegates from Vietnam in the 2nd St. Matthew Provincial Chapter, including the four new priests, then deacons.
At the 2nd St. Matthew Provincial Chapter, the four new priests posing with Fr. Ezpeleta, Vicar General and the first Rogationist missionary in Vietnam.
The Vietnamese Rogationists with the Superior General, during a party for the Vietnamese guests who came to Manila for the ordination.

The first four Vietnamese Rogationist priests celebrated their Thanksgiving Mass together in the Chapel of the Provincial House of the Sisters of the Holy Rosary in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam on October 24, 2018, highlighting the 15th year anniversary of the start of the Rogationist presence in Vietnam. The new priests are Fr. Joseph Hoang Xuan Huong RCJ, Fr. Peter Hoang Van Dong RCJ, Fr. Phan Hoang Nguyen RCJ and Fr. Nguyen Truong Thinh RCJ.