The second journey of the Franciscan Dialogue Program (FDP) was held at the convent of the Franciscan Apostolic Sisters in Sta. Ana, Cagayan Valley last July 4 – 26, 2016, in partnership with the Franciscan Health Care Crossing Borders, Inc. (FHCCBI), Fellowship for the Care of Creation Association, Inc. (FCCAI), Silsilah Dialogue Movement, FAS Ugnay-Buhay Pastoral Center and the Missionszentrale Der Franziskaner. The theme for this program, based on the concept one of the four pillars of dialogue, was “Dialogue with Creation is to care and cure for mother earth.” Different Franciscan Congregations, both male and female, participated in the program, namely: OFM, OFMConv, OFMCap, FMIJ, FMM, SFIC, FAS and FSPIF. The Capuchin Post-novitiate II brothers – Br. Joenifer Ygonia OFMCap, Br. Bryan Bermejo OFMCap, Br. Ericson Pendoy OFMCap, and Br. Jusfer John Albert OFMCap and the Post-novitiate IV brothers – Br. John Rey Baalan OFMCap and Br. Denver De Leon OFMCap, together with Br. Pio Clemente OFMCap joined the program.
The program schedule of activities was divided into three parts: Lecture part which focused on the introduction, foundations of dialogue with its context, opportunities and threats, care for creation from the Islamic and IP “Agta” perspective from July 5 – 14; Exposure and Immersion Part in the FAS Areas of Apostolate [Dumasag, Bantay Baligi and Palaui Island] with Dialogue in action [Medical Mission and the One with Nature trekking and Adventure] from July 15 – 21, 2016 and the Processing Part which included Integration Processing of Experiences and the Formulation of Statement of Commitment from July 22 – 25, 2016. The brothers were divided into three groups in their exposure program.
The brothers went back to their own fraternities filled with joy and the immense blessings and gratitude from their own respective experiences. It will help them face the challenges of their daily lives, in their re-discovering and reaching out to all creation without biases and prejudices. It will also hopefully enliven more the spirit of our charism – the spirit of minority, simplicity, joy, prayer both in contemplation and in action. It moulds in the brothers how to become a “Brother to All”, which we, Capuchins, are being called.
by: Br. Ericson D. Pendoy, OFMCap.
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