Feb. 9-18, 2016 – The “La Verna Experience” of the Capuchin Post Novices of the Philippine Province was held last at La Verna Hermitage, Davila, Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte. It was indeed a good come also for the hermitage after 11 years of silence. Now, the place is again entrusted to our care by the Diocese of Laoag.
Moreover, the brothers who attended the 10-day experience were joined by two Chamorro Post Novices of the Capuchin Custody of Guam, namely: Br. Jason Chargualaf, OFMCap. and Br. Cody Lizama, OFMCap. The brothers were welcomed by Br. Dennis Jose, OFMCap., Guardian of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Davila, Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte, Br. Cesar Gutierez, OFMCap., Parish Priest, and Br. Sony Dagsi, OFMCap, economo of the fraternity.
The said experience was annually celebrated during the season of Lent starting from Ash Wednesday with the observance of prayer, fasting and alms-giving. Daily “Matins” from 12MN to 1AM was strictly observed. The role of Mary and Martha in the eremitic life also took place.
Hence, last February 11, 2016, Thursday, the brothers celebrated the Solemnity of the Our Lady of Lourdes, Patroness of the Province at St. Francis of Assisi Parish. The Station of the Cross was held religiously last February 12, 2016, Friday at 3 PM together with the community of the said Parish. And, Br. Yang Lu Feng, OFMCap. of China also celebrated his 34th birthday last February 16, 2016, Tuesday.
As such, each day had different talk with different facilitator as well. But, for the Canticle of Brother Sun, the brothers went to the beach at Furikawa Beach Resort as it was a day with nature. Finally, the whole 10-day experience ended with a Eucharistic Mass last February 17, 2016, Wednesday at 4PM presided by the then Provincial Minister, Br. Eugenio Juanilo Lopez, OFMCap.
Br. Bryan B. Bermejo,OFMCap.
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