Lawaan, Cebu, Philippines, 11 September 2023 -- 21 catechists were sent out into the world as evangelizers and herald of the Faith on 5 September, 2023. 13 graduates of the 2-year course of the Evangelium Program, and for the first time in the history of Don Bosco Formation Center, 8 graduates of the 4-year Program of Bachelor of Arts Major in Religious Education and Pastoral Communication, received the Missio Canonica.
From the Evangelium Program: Winizita Abellon, Yolanda Alejandria, Gleemarie Arandela, Michael Arandela, Marie Alpha Caballero, Marivic Caberte, Daphne Husayan, Paul Inso, Sr. Maria Yosefina Nai, SCHP, Sr. Cashelle Mae Radaza, CSSTA, Teresa Salabsab, Voltaire Serad, Sr. Noviana Take, SCHP; From the AB ReEd and PasCom Program: Pre-novices Jules Anthony Bagay, Julieto Cosep Jr., Glenn Brian Justado, Jeneric Lambong, Olsen Pasahol, Jay Sajurga, Novices Peter Kamara and Pius Yawalele.
This liturgical celebration was presided over by the Most Reverend Midyphil B. Billones, DD, Auxiliary Bishop of Cebu. It was concelebrated by the Vice-Provincial of the FIS Province, Fr. Amelito Racelis and the Salesians of Don Bosco Formation Center, Fr. Adrian Mendoza, Fr. Erwin Joey Cabilan, Fr. Vince Michael Sabal, Fr. Marco Bollozos, Fr. Anthony Wilbert Dianon, Fr. Joseph Kunle Ogundana, and Fr. Roneldo Vilbar.
It was a milestone reached by the graduates and a challenge to finally live out the purpose of their studies, to live out the vocation that they have chosen, and as what Bishop Midyhil imparted in his homily, “Na maging Catechista na Accompanista ug Missionista”, to become catechists who are accompaniers and missionaries towards the people whom they are entrusted, teaching the Catholic faith, not only through words and actions, but through their living of that faith.