It is SO glorious when we share our spiritual gifts with others. Not only do we bless others, but we are also blessed in the process. Sr. Meagan here, introducing a wonderful couple that our Community has had the blessing of ministering with together, and even better, we have become family.
Here is a blog dedicated to their current adventure in the Philippines, where they met up with our Sister Parish and the pastor there, Fr. Joseph.
It all started when we read an article by Sr. Meagan in the Sister’s E-newsletter. We were going to Manila, Philippines to visit our son and daughter-in-law who were transferred there on a 3-year posting. I (Lucille) was very excited to see that “we” had a Sister Parish in the Philippines. We wanted to go visit them and help if possible. Sr. Anna put us in touch with Fr. Joseph, who lives on the island of Catanduanes. Fr. Joseph said that we should come for their Diocesan Day, Immaculate Conception on December 8 and he arranged an itinerary for us for our stay from December 5 to December 12.
Fr. Joseph was happy to receive us and toured us around the island, stopping in at different churches and explaining to us life on the Island. We learned about rice farming, harvesting abaca fibers, harvesting fruit and vegetables, and the education of children and teens. Our hearts were touched as we witnessed the hardships of village living and learned about the challenges for men going to Church regularly because of their work responsibilities. As we met different people in various places, we were impressed with the reverence with which they treated their priest. Although Fr. Joseph was not wearing his Roman collar, people recognized him and touched his hand to their forehead out of respect. It was obvious that he was well-known and well-loved.