On May 2-6, 2022, the friars of the Provincial Custody of the Immaculate Conception and Bl. Bonaventure of Potenza in the Philippines celebrated the second part and conclusion, of their 9th Ordinary Chapter. The event took place at the St. Joseph Spirituality Center in Tagaytay City, the Philippines.
Friar Emmanuel GIVA, the new Provincial Custos, presided over the Chapter. Friar Benedetto Seung-jae BAEK, the Assistant General for the Federation of Asian Minor Conventuals (FAMC) attended the Chapter as the Delegate of the Minister General. The second part of the Custodial Chapter was dedicated to prayer and discussion concerning the motions that will be guiding the friars’ mission in the local Church of the Philippines for the next four years and beyond.
During the Chapter, the friars elected the Guardians of the friaries, the formators, the vocations director and the heads of the various commissions. The Custody also launched its new website, which is now open at: www.ofmconventual.org.
At the conclusion of the Chapter, the friars received letters of obedience indicating their new offices and/or appointments for the next four years. The appointments go into effect on May 6, 2022.
Currently, the Provincial Custody has five canonically erected friaries: the St. Maximilian M. Kolbe Friary in Parañaque; the Immaculata Friary in Novaliches; the St. Joseph Friary in Tagaytay City; the St. Anthony of Padua Friary in Dolores, Eastern Samar; the San Agustin Friary in Parañaque; as well as a filial house attached to the St. Maximilian M. Kolbe Friary, in Binangonan, Rizal. The Custody also administers four parishes: San Agustin in the Diocese of Parañaque; St. Maximilian in Novaliches; San Francisco ng Assisi in Antipolo; and St. John the Baptist in Nueva Segovia.
There are also three formation houses: the Immaculata Postulancy House in Novaliches; the St Joseph Novitiate in Tagaytay City; and the St. Maximilian M. Kolbe Post-Novitiate in Parañaque.
The Custody also manages the Immaculata Retreat House in Novaliches; the St. Joseph Spirituality Center in Tagaytay City; and the San Antonio ng Padua Clinic Medical Mission in Novaliches.
All the friars must move into their new friaries and/or assume their new offices by May 23, 2022.
Friar Daniel SUGATAN, Custodial Secretary