The Euntes Mission Formation Program may temporarily be on hold, but…

the place, envied by all because of its beautiful peace and quiet, invitingly conducive to prayer and contemplation, is very much alive with different groups. We are happy to welcome them!

Here is a list of groups who have visited so far the Center after the 2011 Summer for Mission Renewal was concluded.

May 23 – 30            3  Claretian Missionaries Sisters, stationed in Claret Parish in Zamboanga City, had their 8 days Retreat guided by Fr. Giulio F. Mariani.

June 4                    30 people from Ateneo de Zamboanga University – College Faculties were here for one day formation.

June 17-20              OND SISTERS DISTRICT ASSEMBLY – 18 Sisters from the Zambasuli area attended. They are always a lively and joyful group who never fail to order Lot-lot’ s special Pizza for their social night!

July 1 – 2                The Ateneo High School Faculties held their Recollection; 32 Teachers were in attendance.

July 11-12               A Seminar on Global Warming for an Interfaith group was organized. It was facilitated by Ms. Susan Granada of ACDA while coordinated with Peace Advocate Zamboanga (PAZ). Thirty people attended the seminar.

July 18-22               The PIME FATHERS working in the Philippines came together from all over Mindanao, Antique and Luzon, for their Annual Retreat facilitated by don Pie Antonio Tremolada, a Biblist, from the Archdioces of Milan, Italy. See the following article.


 Following the call, to become disciples, of Peter and the Beloved Disciple in the Gospel of John, chapters 13-17, 20-21. Who is ‘the apostle of Christ? His identity and how to understand his mission.

John is the simple disciple, the one who loves and is loved by Jesus and Peter, the pastor and minister of the Church in is visibility. They embody two distinct ecclesial roles, but not separable. John personified the permanent love of an apostle and Peter the follower who became apostle through a journey.
It was in Judea, the place where the Baptist appeared where in situated the first call. Two disciples, hearing John the Baptist who points to Jesus as the Lamb of God, went to Jesus and asked him where he lived, so they spent the day with him. Andrew, the brother of Simon, was one of the first disciples and he told his brother: “We have found the Messiah” and brought him to Jesus, who “looked at Simon and said, Thou art Simon, the son of John: You shall be called Cephas”, which means Peter. True disciples are always waiting, new encounters where to be seen by Jesus. Jesus captures his identity because he knows everyone. In Simon He finds also a project for this reason gives a second name to Simon and calls him Cephas, Peter, the rock. The new community needs stability. We can say then that the apostle must be a man in research, not yet arrived and in constant wait to be reached. He poses profound questions in places of weakness and in the ordinary way of life, but showing a stable and evangelical style of living.

The Gospel of John does not describe the institution of the Eucharist, but refers to a gesture of Jesus normally left to the slaves: washing of feet.
Stunned, Peter protested vigorously but Jesus answer: “If you I do not wash you, you have no part with me.” Then the new  commandment of mutual help. We can say then humility and service.

An other image shows who is ‘the beloved disciple, during the Last Supper when we see him lying down to eat – as was customary – almost leaning on Jesus’ breast’. This image is strong because we know that the disciple (John) has a symbolic relationship with Christ the same way that Christ, according to the prologue, has with the Father. The disciple that Jesus loves you – that is each of us – are asked to be loved by Christ and to remain in his friendship.

During dinner, the ‘beloved disciple’ is confronted with the sin of the disciple Judas. Only to John Jesus revealed who is the traitor. But Judas too has his feet washed by Jesus, so he too remains fully inserted in an act of love that forgives. Sin is seen as something taking possession progressive.
Judas is in the last act of a process consumed over time. Peter also will betrayed Jesus. We can say then that the world remains a challenge where evil can gradually take possession of our lives and therefore we need the ability to review our history in a critical way.

And then we meet, the beloved disciple at the foot of the cross, in a dramatic and symbolic scene, where he is invited by Christ to take his place as a child of his mother. We can say attention to the last breath, for those who have generated us, an in this case, a motherhood that gives life and creates a new generation of men (as Eve did). Then on the cross, blood and water. We can say then … to be conquered by the cross. Contemplate it. Living its mystery.

Finally, the Mission. Peter with enthusiasm throws himself into the water in order to reach the Resurrected Jesus, on the shore. But then sadness because Christ indirectly recalled his triple betrayal. After this test his authority and trust is confirmed because he sincerely loves Christ, “Lord, you know everything, you know that I love you.” Peter then hears the prediction of what will happen to him in the future. After this, Jesus said, “Follow me” but the apostle saw that the beloved disciple was following in their footsteps, and asked Jesus about the fate of this beloved disciple. The answer of Christ is very important: “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what does it matter to you? Follow me. ” Maybe he wanted to say to Peter, to you I have entrusted the task of governing my flock, but this is not your flock. Following Christ is more important than managing an organization and in fact Peter will become a martyr and an evangelist. We can say then that we must give much more emphasis on lifestyle and less to the role that it has been assigned to us. To be interested in the other companions and travelers, be sincere friends even if the fate of each can remain a secret that only Christ can administer.

August 8-12            An ecumenical ‘first’ for Euntes…The Episcopal Priests from the Mindanao area chose to hold their annual Retreat here. There were 27 priests and 2 bishops in attendance. They were our welcomed guests!

June 15, 2011…Another Mission Sending Ceremony

We were happy to learn that on that day our former Program Coordinator, Sr. Stella-Marie Llerin, OND, together with Srs. Rochelle Rocheller R. Caminse, OND and Teresita R. Caytor, OND, were officially commissioned to go to Okinawa, Japan, to start a new mission. The solemn ceremony took place at the OND Novititae House in Tamontaka, North Cotabato. Prayerful congratulations and best wishes!

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Just a few days after the closing of the Euntes Summer Course 2011 (May 22) the Staff together with all Euntes workers travelled t o Labason, Zambo Norte, to participate in the Presbyterial Ordination of Rev. Rogene B. Pervandos, PIME, through the laying of the hands of His Excellency Most rev. Jose Manguiran, D.D., Bishop of Dipolog.

It was a glorious day and a joyful and unforgettable celebration! Father Rogene is now preparing to leave for his mission in South Brazil. Mabuhay!