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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Development of Marianists in the Philippines

Marianist Foundation

Bro. Richard Joyal, a member of the Marianist Region of Canada was sent by the Marianist General Administration to research a possible foundation in the Philippines. He arrived in Manila on January 22, 2004. He spent several months visiting Bishops and religious communities. In July, Richard experienced community life again at the International Meeting for Marianist Formators held in Nairobi, Kenya (June 13-July 11 2004).

On the basis of his reports, the General Administration decided to establish the first Marianist religious community in Davao City on the island of Mindanao. (Alive in the Philippines December 2004).

Bros. Oscar Kerketta and Victor Sahayaraj from India arrived on September 23rd; Fr. Pablo Rambaud from Spain on the 28th joined Bro. Richard Joyal from Canada. The Marianist religious community in Davao City was now completed. The Community considers Oct. 2, 2004 as the date of its establishment in the Philippines. (SM Philippines)

Balay Pasilungan Apostolate

Fr. Pat Devlin SM (Marist Fathers) began caring for Filipino Street Children on May 4, 1989. Fr. Pat worked with Caritas of the Archdiocese of Davao until the program was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as "Foundation of Balay Pasilungan INC".

The center was turned over to the Marist Sisters who worked with Filipino Street Children up to fifteen year of age (1999-2005).

In 2005 The Marianists in Davao adopted Balay Pasilungan as their Community apostolate. The center is accredited and is licensed to operate from the Department of Social Welfare and Development(DSWD). In 2006 The executive Director was Bro. Richard Joyal, The Deputy Director was Fr. Pablo Rambaud with assistant Bro. Oscar Kerketta. More news about Marianist in the Philippines: Alive in the Philippines November 2008

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