Ethiel Roxas, AA, Adveniat, Metro Manila
It was a moment of joy that after the pandemic, our provincial Fr. Benoit Bigard, AA had the opportunity to visit again the brothers here in the Philippines last August 29- September 5, 2022. The highlights of his visit are the celebration of the Holy Eucharist with the different communities here in the Philippines (Adveniat, Pavel, and St. Augustine), the dialogue with each brother, a visit to the Assumption Language College (ALC), meeting with the Formators and the Lay Religious Alliance members, and the visit to some places in Manila. Part also of his itinerary is the visit to the International House of Formation of the Daughter of Wisdom here in Quezon City, which is planned to be purchased for the new location of the Pavel community and ALC. The Provincial was assisted in all his activities by the Formators of the Territory headed by the Territory Superior, Fr. Jay Hector Lituañas.
Fr. Benoit’s homilies are centered on how we, as Assumptionist religious, can follow Jesus closely through our vows, Rule of Life, community and apostolic life, and in our daily encounters with Him in prayer and dealing with others. On September 4, 2022, at the gathering of all brothers here in Manila, Fr. Benoit presented some updates on the Province, and plans for the Vicariate of Asia- Oceania and for the Territory. The brothers shared their reflections and asked questions for clarification on the presented topics. A light moment with a simple dinner followed the event. It is a grace, inspiration, and blessing to feel the love of a father in this post-pandemic time. May our life and work build the Kingdom of God.