Archbishop to religious movements: be charitable
By Myrna Bermudo
Member-communities of the Office for Religious Movements (OREMOS) unite for their 23rd Pentecost celebration on the eve of Pentecost Sunday, June 4, 2022.
Caceres Archbishop Rolando J. Tria Tirona, OCD, in his homily, encouraged the members to have an intimate devotion to the Holy Spirit. He asked: What does the Holy Spirit do to us?
“Through baptism, the Holy Spirit is the Divine author that helps us to grow and mature as Christians. He is the spark for our growth. He inspires us to relate with God through prayer. He tells us what to say in prayer. The Holy Spirit is the source of peace. Peace is a gift of God to us. Lastly, the Holy Spirit is instrumental so that we can become charitable persons. Divine love inspire us to love our brothers and sisters who are in need. Be charitable. Allow the Holy Spirit to ignite your passion to serve the poor,” Archbishop Tirona said.
The theme for the spirit-filled gathering was “Pentecost: The Empowerment of the Holy Spirit in the Life of Communion, Participation and Mission in the Church.”
Nine OREMOS member-communities compose the organization. They are: Familia, El Shaddai, Women for Christ, Families for Christ, Neo Catechumenal Way, Caceres Renewal Communities (CRC), Adonai’s Love Charismatic Community, Our Lady of Peñafrancia Healing Ministry and Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Charismatic Community.
The event, held at the Parish of Our Lady of Prompt Succor (OLPS) in Haring, Canaman, Camarines Sur, gathered members of religious movements in the Archdiocese of Caceres which filled the church’s pews and premises.
Fr. Lorenzo Juan B. Jarcia III, the parish priest of OLPS is the outgoing director of OREMOS. Fr. Darius Romualdo, chancellor of the Archdiocese of Caceres, will succeed him as director. Fr. Romualdo gave a talk on Pentecost in the morning. Thereafter, Archbishop Tria Tirona presided the Mass.
Fr. Jarcia gave a message of thanks as he turned over the leadership of OREMOS to Fr. Romualdo.
“Thank you, Archdiocese of Caceres for the trust given to me in shepherding OREMOS for 27 years. The Holy Spirit is the driving force of the growth of religious movements,” Fr. Jarcia said.
For Salve Cabral, a member of CRC, the gathering of religious movement was much anticipated. “Two Pentecost reunions were cancelled due to Covid19 pandemic. This is the first time that we are gathering face to face. We were all excited. Just like the excitement of the apostles waiting for the descent of the Holy Spirit during the first Pentecost, we, members of OREMOS, were happy and excited,“ enthused Ms. Cabral.
“It was our first gathering in time of pandemic. Thus, it was very meaningful. Feel na feel kasi paha an mga tawo and excited mga members, “said Engr. William Menes, servant head of Adonai’s Love Charismatic Community.
Fr. Jarcia thanked the Archdiocese for the trust given to him in shepherding OREMOS for 27 years. He welcomed Fr. Darius Romualdo, as the new shepherd of the religious movements.