July 08, 2016
As followers of Jesus, we are commissioned by him to serve any need we see, no matter what reasons we think there may be for passing by.
June 27, 2016
In the Philippine town of Paete in Laguna province, men and women make a living carving saints. It is a tradition that goes back decades ago, even before the country's colonizers came. Spanish friars established the town in 1580 and named it Paete from the Tagalog word paet, meaning chisel. Legend has it that a young Franciscan who was visiting the new settlement for the first time asked a native the name of the place. The villager thought the young friar wanted to know the name of the tool he was using, so he answered paet (chisel), thus the name Paete. The town has had a long reputation for its craftsmen who are highly skilled in wood carving. Statues, pulpits, murals, and bas-reliefs from the small town can be found in churches, palaces and museums around the world, including St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York. (Photos by Vincent Go)