The Order of Friars Minor (OFM), together with the Our Lady of the Angels Seminary (OLAS) and all the Franciscan community, devotes the whole month of October as Franciscan Vocation Month.
This month – long celebration will be devoted to prayers for Franciscan religious life. Hence, we ask for your prayers that we may continue to grow all in faith and service to the Lord. Also, we take this opportunity to campaign for our vocation and encourage young men to join us in serving the Lord and spread His good news. We are appealing to you to help us achieve our goals to strengthen and produce more Franciscan servants.
Together with Fr. Cesar Malasa, OFM, the Franciscan Vocation Animator – are the OFM student friars and college seminarians , who were called and came to OLAS to prepare for a life of total service to the Lord and his people. We believe that with OLAS education and formation, we can develop fully and explicitly our priestly or religious vocation for the salvation of mankind. We are to be missionaries to the world, especially in East Asia, to live our lives according to the gospel, in joyful and prayerful brotherhood, living out the virtues of poverty, simplicity and chastity among the people. Following St. Francis, we heed to God’s call saying, “Come, Francis and build my Church which you can see is falling to ruin.”
We all have answered the call and more are still being called. This is manifested by our 205 applicants for school year 2013-2014; 102 of whom are recommended to enter the seminary. Unfortunately, of these 102 applicants, only 29 enrolled. More than half of them did not pursue because of financial constraints. We are saddened by this reality and we tried to find ways on how to help our brothers in Christ to be given the opportunity to respond to God’s call.
It is in this regard, that we seek for your assistance. We believe that with your generosity and kindness, you could help us send them to seminary education and formation by sharing your financial blessings for our congregation.
You can also adopt or sponsor a seminarian – we have more than seventy (70) college seminarians at the Our Lady of the Angels Seminary. It costs around P50,000 per semester to house, nourish, and educate each seminarian.
Thank you and hoping that we continuously walk in faith with the Lord and become instruments of His peace. God bless you all!
Fr. Cesar C. Malasa, OFM Vocation Animator
Province of San Pedro Bautista-Philippines
Please contact the SSAP parish office to send in your donations.