Francisfest 2015 Beneficiary: Franciscan Mission

1Our San Pedro Bautista Province (SPBP) continues to send Filipino friars on missions outside the country. There are now 25 friars of SPBP working in different forms of missionary activity around the world. We help in the formation of Franciscan candidates in Sri Lanka, and provide spiritual assistance to Filipino migrant workers in Libya and the Holy Land. We help in the task of promoting Christian presence in places where the great majority of the local population belong to other faiths/ideology: in Sudan, Morocco and Libya (Muslim); in Sri Lanka (Buddhist); and in China (communist/atheistic). We also help in various local church activities in some areas of Papua, New Guinea and in the United States where we also respond to the needs of the Franciscan Order.

Let us not forget the local missions. Much of our resources (personnel, time, and finances) are spent for the formation of our Franciscan candidates (about 100 of them in various stages of initial formation) and spiritual assistance to the many SFO fraternities and Poor Clare monasteries under our care. While the post-novitiate friars are living in communities inserted among the poor, a number of us are also engaged in the promotion of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation through advocacy of the rights of the disadvantaged, such the indigenous peoples and that of Mother Earth.

In the past few years, the leadership has been conscious of the mission mandate. It has accepted pastoral commitments in needy dioceses in Luzon, such as Palanan Parish (Isabela), Pope Pius X Mission Church (Catanduanes), Sta. Clara Mission Community (Caloocan), and San Jose Tagapagtanggol Parish (Novaliches). There is also the Franciscan Lay Missionary Program (FLMP) with activities such as formation sessions on mission issues today, summer camps and skill-training on participatory social investigation.

Subditi omnibus. Ire inter gentes. These are mission captions from St. Francis of Assisi. Be subject to all. Go among peoples. This is the mission principle that we Franciscans try to live in our lives and mission.