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BR. JEFFREY ANTIQUISA TO OBTAIN A DIPLOMA FOR SAFEGUARDING MINORS
Brother Jeff Rhey Reston Antiquisa, of the East Asia province, and Brother Okechukwu Venatius Anochie, of the Nigeria province, will be the third set of Brothers to obtain the diploma from the Centre for Child Protection in Rome, Italy.
Brother Shanthi Liyanage of Sri Lanka and Brother John Katumbi of Malawi were awarded the diploma on June 14, and Brother Fortune Chakasara of Zimbabwe was the first to receive it, in 2016.
Brothers Jeff and Venantius will take the course starting this October to February next year.
Br. Jeff, currently based in Kobe, Japan, has a bachelor degree in education with a major in religious education from the Notre Dame of Marbel Univesity in Koronadal, Philippines. He had his first profession on May 20, 2004, and his final vows on Sept. 10, 2011.
Br. Okechukwu was born on Sept. 19, 1961. He made his first profession on Aug. 3, 1990 and his final profession on Aug. 11, 1996. He has a Masters in guidance and counselling and is currently doing a PhD in the same field.
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ANY DEATH OR KILLING IS ONE TOO MUCH FOR US TO IGNORE!
“There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to Him: 1). a haughty eyes, 2). a lying tongue, 3). HANDS THAT SHED INNOCENT BLOOD, 4). a heart that devises wicked plans, 5). feet that make haste to run to evil, 6). a false witness who breathes out lies; and 7). one who sows discord among brothers.” (Proverbs 6:16-19)
WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE STAND FOR?
We, the Marist Brothers of the Schools in the Philippines, who are committed to provide Christian education among the children and young people to form them into “good Christians and virtuous citizens” are compelled to prophetically speak out on the prevailing ethos in our country today.
As religious, committed to educational formation, we are greatly concerned about the deteriorating peace and order situation of our country. Peace and order are the first requisites of a functional and effective government. Unless we establish a peaceful and orderly society, we will not be able to develop and progress as a nation worthy of self-respect expected as a member of the international community.
Peace and order are functions of the active involvement of the governed, particularly the enlightened members, to make the government responsive and accountable. Lest, those who are given the authority and power to govern become abusive and callous to the real needs of the ordinary people.
As formators of social conscience, we share with other Catholic educational institutions the mission and vision to create a nation which respects the sanctity of life and human rights as these are foundations of any civilized society.
HOW IS OUR COUNTRY TODAY?
While the Philippines has sufficient natural, human and political resources to empower its people to be prosperous, healthy and dignified, however, our society is in a sad and precarious situation.
The apparent lack of peace and order in the land today are brought about by three major causes: a) the lack of a common and shared vision that will inspire, unify and consolidate the Filipino people as a nation; b) the systemic and structural inefficiency ofgovernment in the delivery of basic social services; 3) the culture of corruption among the unscrupulous political, economic and pseudo-religious leaders that fail to inflame the citizenry to work for the common good and social justice.
The communist rebellion fuelled by social inequities and inequalities brought about by the US-inspired neo-liberal capitalist economy; the Moro peoples’ desire for self-determination; the presence of violent extremist groups in the name of religion; the drug cartels and other crime syndicates give rise to crime incidence, narco-politics and police brutalities; exploitation of natural resources that brought about so much suffering to those whose lives are dependent on the land and sea; the dysfunctional political system that promote patronage rather than performance and merit; the inefficiency of government to collect the right taxes to finance government programs and projects; the congested, incoherent and wasteful educational system that do not produce enlightened and productive citizenry; the slow criminal justice system that forces people to take the law into their hands; the culture of corruption prevailing in the public, corporate and personal spheres of life - all these contribute to the worsening peace and order situation of our country today.
What we are experiencing now are just symptoms of these deeply rooted societal problems. Thus, we cannot simply point an accusing finger on anyone other than ourselves. We, too, are a part of this total dehumanization. We, too, share the burden of accountability. Our continued silence and inaction is a disservice to the nation.
The recent killing of the 17 year old Kian Loyd de los Santos, whatever the circumstances behind it, is “one too much” to be ignored. We cannot allow his death and the deaths of thousands before him pass and be part of cold statistics without reflecting and doing something about them. His life, his dreams and the dreams of his loved ones for him, his future, have been “killed” by the assassins’ bullets. What made it more appalling, his death was perpetrated by those who are sworn to uphold the law and “secure and protect” the helpless, the vulnerable and those who have less in life, the poor.
WHAT DO WE (DE)CRY?
We denounce the use of Extrajudicial Killings (EJKs) as the most expedient way to solve the peace and order problems. There can be no peace and order if we continue to kill fellow Filipinos! All summary executions have to be condemned and stopped! Those who have committed crimes must be arrested, prosecuted and punished according to due process. These continued killings have no place in a civilized society! This culture of death will only produce more wailing mothers, fathers and orphans! Summary killings will never ever make our communities safe and secure! Violence is a brain-child of those who oppress, who exploit, who refuse to recognize others as human persons! Violence begets more violence! Allowing the killers (State-sponsored or not) to wield their guns, oftentimes covered with bonnets, and freely roam around without being made responsible for their crimes are phantoms lurking in the night.
And no doubt, this state of impunity brought about by the blithe disregard of every human to life will leave a trans-generational trauma in our national consciousness.
In cognizance of the primacy of Abrahamic faith principle of the sanctity of the Right to Life, together with the Catholic Bishops of the Philippines, religious congregations and faiths, academic circles, human rights and peace networks, we therefore urge:
1. All the major branches of Philippine Government (Executive, Legislative and Judiciary) to adhere to the protocol laid down by the Universal Declaration on Human Rights of which the Philippines is a signatory;
2. the Philippine National Police, the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the National Bureau of Investigations to professionalize and cleanse their ranks of rogue elements;
3. the Media and journalists to be factual and impartial in reporting incidents of crime and abuses without fear or favor;
4. the citizenry to be proactively involved in preventing crimes and human rights abuses in their respective communities and report occurrences of the same to authorities;
5. the ethico-spiritual leaders to always speakTRUTH to power;
6. the academic community to continue to form our faculty and students consciences in the light of our cherished values as Filipinos.
7. the civil-society to link and partner with authentically democratic institutions, parties and social movements which can press for reforms in peace and security policies and programs;
8. the national and local leaders to refrain from using rhetorics of death, hate and violence, but instead promote a culture of peace, filial respect and solidarity. The most powerful and enduring forces in this world come in silent forces such as love, patience, knowledge, dialogue, reconciliation, etc;
9. those who are involved in the “demonic” acts such as production, proliferation and use of dangerous drugs; responsible for extra-judicial killings; acts of violent extremism and terrorism, extortions, abuse of women and children, kidnapping for ransom, robbery, bribery and corruption, exploitations, that they will have genuine conversion, for crime does not pay. Even if the long arms of the law are eluded, a final reckoning on the Judgment Day is beset to all of us.
10. all peace loving men and women of goodwill to earnestly PRAY FOR PEACE in our fragile land and let not the forces of darkness triumph by our inaction due to fear of reprisal.
WHAT DO WE COMMIT
As a positive and pro-active response to the prevailing national situation, we the Marist Brothers, commit to make our communities, schools and pastoral ministries as Centers of Peace. Let us all be reminded that the core of our apostolate is to educate the young minds and hearts. As such, these Peace Centers will be open as safe spaces which will, at all times, protect the rights and welfare of children and promote the well-being and dignity of the youth—their total integral development as human persons. Corollarily, we commit these sanctuaries of peace to serve as venues for collective reflections and of discernment in promoting the sacredness of life.
As the Sacred Scriptures say:
“Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him.” 1 Corinthians 3:16-17
May the Blessed Mother keep us always in her maternal care and protection. Like Mary of Pieta, we share in the sufferings of the victims of violence specially the children and innocent young people. Together with their loved ones, we grieve and mourn for the loss of precious lives hoping that theirs will be the last in God’s own time.
Post Script: This STATEMENT is meant to invite more reflections of the Brothers and their Lay Mission Partners on the prevailing realities in our Philippine Society. It is only through communal discernment that we can be OBEDIENT to God’s Holy Will.
1. Br. Lindley Sionosa, FMS – Vice-Provincial/Philippine Sector Coordinator
2. Br. Manuel V. de Leon, FMS – Kidapawan Community/Superiors’ Group Chairman
3. Br. Teodulo A. Fernandez, FMS – Cotabato Community
4. Br. Wilfredo Lubrico, FMS – Marbel Community
5. Br. Romulo Porras, FMS – Lagao Community
6. Br. Jose Torrecampo, FMS – Dadiangas Community
7. Br. Cristino Sta. Ana , FMS – Marikina Community
8. Br. Wenceslao Paterno, FMS – Jolo Community
9. Br. Rene Reyes, FMS – Buda Community
10. Br. Franklin Salcedo, FMS – Malutok Community, Palawan
11. Br. Danilo Sevilla, FMS – Our Lady of Fourviere Community, Dadiangas
12. Br. Ernie Sentina, FMS – Sacred Heart Community, Lagao
REPORT OF THE SUPERIOR GENERAL - 22nd General Chapter
The report is resource for the participants of the next Chapter, which begins on September 8, presenting the main aspects of the general administration’s path of the last eight years.
Jesus’ encounter with the disciples of Emmaus served as an emblematic image for the Council to tell the experience lived through these years.
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Rev. Brother Provincial of the Marist Brothers
Marist Brothers Sector House Community, Petaling Jaya
Brother Michael Lim Hiow Choo, FMS
who died on 9th July, 2017
Your pious suffrages are requested for the eternal repose of his soul.
Brother Michael Lim Hiow Choo was born in Melaka on 27/09/ 1938. He entered our Juniorate in Singapore in 1953. He was sent to USA for his novitiate training in 1961and made his first profession on 15/08/1962. On 15/08/1967 he made his perpetual profession. He attended the Spirituality Course in 1977 at Champagnat Centre in General House at Rome. He followed a sabbatical course at Hawkstone Hall, UK.in 2002.
He completed his secondary school study at Catholic High School, Singapore. He did his tertiary education in Marist College (1962-1965) in USA. After graduation he was sent to teach in Catholic High School, Petaling Jaya and was appointed as Assistant Master of Juniors. In 1967 he became the Master of the Juniors and taught in the same school. Then in 1971 he was appointed as Headmaster of Catholic Primary School, Melaka (1971-1973). In 1974 He was sent to study for a Diploma in Education in University Malaya. After that he taught in Catholic High School, Melaka and later was appointed as Principal of that school (1974-1981) with a 6-month break in 1977 to attend the Spirituality Course at Rome. Then in 1982 he was appointed the Master of Juniors again and continued to teach in CHSPJ. His term as Master of Juniors ended in 1988 but he extended his teaching ministry for another 6 months. From 1989 onward he dedicated himself in pastoral ministry in local churches. He served in the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur (1989-1994) and Diocese of Melaka-Johor (1995-2001). He continued this ministry in the Parish of St. Theresa, Melaka from 2003 until his retirement in 2010.
In 2010 he retired at Marist Brothers Sector House community, Petaling Jaya and on March that year he was sent to St. Francis Xavier’s Home under the care of the Little Sisters of the Poor until our Good Lord called him on 9 July, 2017.
He was a strict disciplinarian as a Principal but in spite of that many students remember him and like him. As a pastoral worker he has touched many lives through his seminar and preaching.
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