Euntes Mission Center Received PEACE WEAVER AWARD 2009

In a letter dated November 23, the EMC Director was advised that “The screening Committee of the Peace Weaver Award is happy to inform you that your organization has been selected as one of this year’s recipients of this recognition. The committee unanimously recognizes Euntes’ efforts on peace-building very much deserving for this recognition”.

The letter signed by Father Angel Calvo, PAZ President, continued saying: “This recognition, which is awarded during the celebration of the Mindanao Week of Peace, is given to individual or groups who have demonstrated selfless service to others; promoted harmony between and among persons, communities; have taken steps to bring people in conflict together in order to resolve differences and arrive at some understanding; and have modeled a way of relating with people that shunned prejudice and which contributed to the reduction of prejudice or conditions of unpeace”.

The Award was personally received by Father Giulio F. Mariani, PIME, Euntes Director, during the Peace Weaver Awards Night on November 29, 2009 at Roof deck, Garden Orchid Hotel in Zamboanga City.

The full text of the official Citation follows:

This is the Message of Response given by Father Mariani:

 

Rev. Father Angel Calvo,

President of Peace Advocates Zamboanga

Lead Convener of the Interreligious Solidarity Movement for Peace (IRSMP)

Chairman, Peace Weaver Award Screening Committee

Prof. Ali T. Yacub, Al-Haj

Executive Director Golden Crescent Peace Center

Muslim Convener of IRSMP

Atty. Paulino Ersando

President of Zamboanga Ministers Fellowship

Evangelical Convener of IRSMP

Dr. Grace Rebollos

President of WMSU

Distinguished Members of the Peace Weaver Award Screening Committee

Fellow Peace Weavers Awardees of this evening and Peace Weavers Awardees Recipients of past years

Reverend Fathers and Religious

Peace loving Friends and Guests:

 

Assalamu Alaicum. Peace be with you! It is an honor and a privilege for me to accept with a grateful heart the Peace Weaver Award on behalf of the Euntes Mission Center!

The Euntes Mission Center was founded by the PIME Missionaries in 1992 and is presently run by the PIME Missionaries in cooperation with the Oblates of Notre Dame Sisters.  The Center was built by choice in bustling multicultural and multi- religious Zamboanga City, Barangay Sinunuc, in the promised land of Mindanao, a ‘mission frontier’ for the Church in the Philippines.

 

If Peace is not about structures, but about people interrelating, breaking barriers and crossing boundaries that divide people among themselves, then that is indeed the mission/ vision of the Euntes Mission Center.

Every year for the past few years, the Center has been bringing together different people – like this year batch…they were from Bangladesh, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, East Timor, Japan and the Philippines…ordained ministers, Religious Sisters, lay men and women of different cultures and languages.

 

Over a period of five months the participants are formed to be one community, developing and growing in peace with oneself, interpersonally, in a communitarian way open to societal transformation in dialogue with creation.

 

The participants are helped to become practitioners of peace, teachers of peace, contemplatives of peace, apostles of peace, and prophets of peace and in one word…Peace Weavers.

Then, over the years, every year, as the name of the Center implies (Euntes…Latin for Go/ Reach out!) the Graduates have reached out to bring the Good News of Peace to their communities in the Philippines, especially in Mindanao, and in many countries of Asia and the Pacific in a renewed spirit of interreligious/ intercultural dialogue and solidarity, especially among the marginalized of society.

 

They go and reach out to tell the story of Jesus of Nazareth, the most nonviolent person in human history, the greatest peacemaker the world has ever seen, showing his Asian face and celebrating how his life and love continue to disarm, heal, and transform us all.

 

Fr. Angel Calvo, CMF the Chairman of PAZ

Tonight we are gratefully and humbly receiving this Award at a time in which we are invited to Think Mindanao, Feel Mindanao, Bring Peace to Mindanao, and yet we are mourning the innocent victims of the now infamous Magindanao Massacre. Our thoughts and prayers reach out to the families of the victims.

 

 

Fr Nevio Vigano, PIME and Fr. Gianni Re, the Regional Superior of PIME Phils.

We, the Pime Missionaries, are reminded of   the ultimate sacrifice of our young Confreres, Father Tullio Favali killed at La Esperanza, North Cotabato (1985), and Father Salvatore Carzedda killed in Zamboanga City (1992), cut down in the primer of their life…We love Mindanao, a land we are ready to continue to love and serve in the years to come, especially because its soil has been bathed and soaked in the blood of our Martyrs.

 

 

 

However, I believe this is not a time to curse the darkness but it is a grace- filled time to light the candle of hope and sow seeds of hope for Christians and for people of good will all over the world.

 

Today we have entered the Advent Season, a time set aside to prepare for the coming of Jesus the Emmanuel, (God among us) on December 25, as all Christians in the world celebrate.

 

Thank you, God of peace, for announcing the coming of peace on earth and for coming among us to make peace. Thank you for being good news for the poor and the oppressed, and to all peace loving people.

 

Thank you for sending the nonviolent Jesus, for showing us the Way, the Truth, the Life of Peace. Thank you for teaching us how to live, how to love, how to serve, how to pray, how to make peace, how to show compassion, how to practice nonviolence, how to suffer, and how to die.

 

Most of all, thank you for teaching us how to be human. Alas, so many of us want to play god that we’ve become inhuman. You, God of peace, teach us and show us the way to be always Peace Weavers in our everyday life with one another and with all people.

 

May all of us who believe in peace in the spirit of dialogue send a clear message with our life and commitment to build together a future of peace.  Thank you. A pleasant evening to all.

 

Rev. Giulio F. Mariani, PIME

EMC Director

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. cristina campo belocura
    Dec 23, 2009 @ 12:24:15

    PIME has a special spot in our lives…in our hearts…congratulations to the PIME community who despite of danger you continue the work of evangelization…working for peace and bridging the gap of race and religion…we pray for PIME missions…congratulations!

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  2. ervito
    Mar 19, 2010 @ 07:01:02

    Congratulations! EUNTES for keeping peace here in the region and inspiring the citizenry the love and peace in every home.

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  3. Enrique"Eking"Oliveros, Jr.
    Apr 16, 2010 @ 09:22:41

    Congratulations!!!!
    Fr. Giulio F. Mariani, PIME, our Euntes Director, for the Peace Weaver Awards!

    You are one of my inspirations as you continue to serve God with you apostulate.

    Keep it up Fr. I am with you in your mission and prayer. Mabuhay po kayo!

    Best regards to all! Na miss ko po ang EUNTES EXPERIENCED!

    Eking Oliveros

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  4. Jennifer
    Feb 15, 2011 @ 09:52:25

    Congratulations to PIME!
    Greetings to All of you especially to Fr. Giulio F. Mariani and Fr. Gianni Re, I am Jennifer Arce from Mary Queen Of Apostles Parish, CAA, Las Pinas. I hope you still remember me Father Giulio, na miss ko na po kayo. I have been looking for you for so long.. I really want to thank you for all the things you’ve done to me. Now I am in Malaysia with my loving Family. I hope one day God will make the way to meet us again. Father, you’re the BEST and IMPORTANT person I’ve ever known. I really thank you Father Giulio, Mama Stellina and Papa Amadeo. Pls give my best regards to them.
    Sorry to distract this post but i hope this message will be send to Father Giulio. May God Bless You All.

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  5. Angela Lim
    Jul 18, 2011 @ 09:43:24

    Can you please give us background information about Rev. Father Angel Calvo? Simple information like, birthday, age, place of birth, family life(parents and siblings), early life, town he grew up in, school life. projects as a priest, chairman and president and contributions to society, priest life etc. I need it for my research work as we are tackling people who advocate for peace. I chose you to research on because you really inspire me to work for peace. I would appreciate and immediate reply for my research paper is due tomorrow.

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