The Religion Educators Association of the Philippines (REAP) held its 4th annual General Assembly last July 11, 2009 at the RVM Regional House in Singalong, Paco, Manila with the theme: “REAP: Advocacy of Morality, Catalyst of Change.” Twelve RVM schools under the Region of Luzon and St. Mary’s College, Quezon City under the Generalate Area participated in the assembly. S. Ma. Marilyn C. Ubaldo, RVM warmly welcomed all the participants to the gathering that featured various activities geared towards the development of the social and intellectual well being of Christian Living teachers.
The Education Ministry, during the 18th General Chapter, provided in one of its Key Directions the putting up of a Learning Resource Center in every region. It is envisioned that the Learning Resource Center will provide books, and other print materials, multi-media and online resources to meet various administrative, academic, curricular and instructional needs.
The Generalate Area convened for its 8th Mid-Chapter Assembly last April 13 – 17, 2009 at Mother Ignacia Center for Spirituality at the Mother House Compound, N. Domingo Ave., Cubao, Quezon City. The assembly was composed of thirty Sisters with seven ex-officio members -- the Superior General and her Council and twenty three elected delegates, three of which were Junior observers.
The thanksgiving Mass officially promulgating the Decretum Super Virtutibus (Decree on Virtues) on Mother Ignacia Del Espiritu Santo, pioneering foundress of the Congregation of the Religious of the Virgin Mary on February 1, 2008 at the historic Church of the Minor Basilica of Saint Lorenzo Ruiz in the Manila district of Binondo was truly a grace-fi lled event. For not only did it mark the elevation to the title of Venerable a pious woman who lived in the early 18th century it also paved the way for further advancing the cause for her beatification.
The RVM Sisters welcomed Rev. Fr. Francesco Ricci, OP on his visit at the RVM Motherhouse complex on 18 June 2007. Much rejoicing greeted him on his arrival as the Sisters sang welcome songs on their way to the Jubilee Hall in St. Joseph’s Home. A brief program of equally brief talks and dances were presented. Rev. Fr. Enrico Emmanuel A. Ayo arrived just on time for the presentation.
Father Ricci is the RVM Postulator for the cause of the beatification of Mother Ignacia del Espiritu Santo. Father Ayo has been involved in the beatification work as a Theological Assistant to the former postulator Fr. Innocenzo Venchi, OP.
When Mother Ignacia del Espiritu Santo responded to the inspiration of God to “remain in the service of His Majesty,” maybe her dreams were not “beyond imagining.” She was a simple and lowly Yndia, seeking expression of her aspiration to dedicate her whole being to God. She would have been content to follow the leadership of others in the community of Dominican tertiaries in the home of Doña Antonia Esquerra, strive for perfection in the paths laid out by her Spanish betters.
Out of the ordinary…a massive bust was found last July 7, 2006. This was seen facing down the ground, between the fence and the water tank by the swimming pool, partly hidden by two manhole covers and a heap of dry leaves. This was unearthed by five men because of its heavy weight. Without delay, the new - found treasure was cleaned and fixed. At once, the distorted face was recognized closely resembling that of Mother Ignacia
Every RVM sister wears a silver medal around her neck. If I’m not mistaken, on one side is the image of the Blessed Virgin Mary, our Lady of the Assumption. On the other face of the medal, this time I’m sure that I will see the face of someone so familiar to me, our founder, St. Ignatius of Loyola. I guess that is the reason why we are here this morning to celebrate the feast of this man who, by God’s providential design, influenced your foundress, Servant of God Madre Ignacia del Espiritu Santo.