Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
'Consecrated virgins' on priestly quest
Nun foundation helps seminarians to serve abroadSister Quilina Rolega (right), organizer and founder of the Saint Veronica Foundation
- Manuel Cayon, Davao City
- August 11, 2011
"We go around Mindanao asking solicitations for financial support [and] to persuade seminarians to go on foreign missions when they become priests," Sister Quilina Rolega, 63, said yesterday.
She left the Daughters of Our Mother of Peace in 2009 to form the Saint Veronica Foundation or the "consecrated virgins."
"Consecrated virgins are a group of nuns who are active in communities and other Church missions," Sister Rolega explained.
She said her group decided to establish a fund for seminarians in Mindanao because more young men in the southern Philippines are entering seminaries than in other parts of the country.
Sister Rolega said her decision to set up the foundation was prompted by requests from the Bishop of St. Louis in Missouri, in the United States, where she used to work.
She said there is a shortage of priests in the US and four parishes in St. Louis had to merge and several parish churches were sold to sects.
"In the Philippines, we donâ€™t have this problem. We have the parish priest and an assistant priest, and we are easily able to assign a priest to each parish," she observed.
"The Philippines can help fill the need for priests in the US," Sister Rolega said.
"We may be able to convince our seminarians to take up foreign missions when they become priests," she added.
With the help of Sister Jean Fune of the Ursuline congregation, Sister Rolega persuaded Bishop Patricio Alo of Mati http://www.ucanews.com/diocesan-directory/html/dps-pr_mati.php to ask seminarians in his diocese to volunteers for foreign assignments.
The "consecrated virgins" are hopeful that they will have the funds to support their project. On Aug 20, the group will hold a concert to raise money to pay for the tuition of the initial batch of seminarians the group is supporting.
Sister Rolega said her efforts are starting to pay off. She said her group is already in the process of forming a new community of nuns with the approval of the Vatican.
"[Bishop Alo] said we would be called the Mediatrix sisters. We need one more sister and a building to form the community," she said, adding that they already have a plot of land donated by one of their supporters.
"Our mission and apostolate is to embark on door-to-door evangelization to explain to people why we must go to Church, why we must be baptized, and basic information about being Catholics," she said.