Mission Station in Lagonoy celebrates Season of Creation by clearing coasts
“An obligasyon sa kapalibutan iyo an obligasyon ta sa kapwa asin lalo na sa Diyos” (Our obligation to the environment is our obligation to our neighbor and to God), said Fr. Eric Bobis, Director of Ministry on Ecology in the Archdiocese of Caceres, as Santa Maria Soledad Torres de Acosta Mission Station in Lagonoy celebrates the Season of Creation.
Fr. Anthon Valencia, administrator of the mission station initiated the ecology program to all the barangays covered by the mission station. The program includes prayers, reflections and clean-up drive to barangays in coastal areas.
The program started with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist and a clean-up drive at the coast in Barangay San Sebastian, Lagonoy. The activity was participated by the community from various religious denominations, government officials and non-government organizations. Fr Anthon said that the program is intended to awaken to the people care for our environment as our common home as response to the alarming climate changes that bring danger to fisherfolks, farmers and the vulnerables especially in the barangays covered by the mission station.
The Season of Creation is an initiative of Pope Francis in the encyclical letter Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home that calls for widespread participation of all people to respond together in the challenges of climate emergency.
“Let us not forget that unconcern can bring suffering to others. And small actions of care with consistency can bring greater impact to our common home”, said Fr. Bobis said in his homily.
HRPS Seminarians learn lessons by planting Native Trees to honor St Francis of Assisi.
October 4, 2021 the seminarians of Holy Rosary Preparatory Seminary conducted a tree planting activity inside its walls with 25 native trees, to name a few: Patitinan, Dao, Lapnisan, Malabayabas, Pili, Barayong and Hagis, as a part of the integral part of seminary formation and as a response to the call of Pope Francis in his encyclical letter Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home, addressed to all people living on earth. The activity was part of the integration in the Basic Christian Doctrine Class. Each seminarians adopted a seedling to be nurtured and to take as “brother and sister tree”.
The seminary considers Ecological Education as part of integral formation of the aspirants to the priesthood.
-Rey John De Los Reyes