May 17, 2016, St. Felix of Cantalice Novitiate House, Baguio City: Seven new novices were vested the clothes of probation and accepted to the novitiate during evening rites this day. The seven new novices are Brs. Luke Tamane (Papua New Guinea), Aldrin de la Pena (Philippines), Tony Bingkuan (Malaysia), Paul Mombea (Papua New Guinea), Pius Kallang (Malaysia), Laurentio Jongjin Lim (Korea) and Ian Kenneth Pamintuan (Philippines). Br. Eugenio Juanilo P. Lopez, OFMCap. Philippine Provincial Minister accepted the new novices and aptly called them “the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit” during his homily. He also noted that it is the first time that the Philippine Province has such an “international batch.” Br. Jonathan Williams, OFMCap., Custos of Papua New Guinea and Br. Laurence Kettle, OFMCap. Custos of Korea as well as other representatives of the other circumscriptions, Br. Matthews Joe (Malaysia), Br. Robin (Papua New Guinea) and Br. Cosmas (Korea) were also present during the rites of acceptance. Encouraged by Br. Eugenio, some brothers present shared, before the homily was preached, with the incoming novices their experience of the novitiate and points on which to focus on while experiencing the novitiate. The rites ended with the fraternal embrace of the brothers as the new novices were welcomed.