In response to the cry of the earth proclaimed and popularized by Pope Francis in his encyclical, Laudato Si’, the Custody of the Immaculate Conception and Bl. Bonaventure of Potenza in the Philippines is slowly transitioning to solar energy as its major source of power.

On May 4, 2024, the solar panels installed at St. Joseph Friary in Tagaytay City became fully operational. The panels now provide daytime power for the friary, the Common Novitiate of the Federation of Asian Minor Conventuals (FAMC), the areas used for the postulancy program, and the spirituality center.
The whole energy system was installed by WeGen Laudato Si’, a solar energy company based in the Philippines. This endeavor was made possible through the efforts of Friar Miguel (Jose Willy) SUMAGAYSAY, OFM Conv., the Custody’s Head Delegate for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) and Director of the St. Joseph Spirituality Center.
On May 17, 2024, three employees of WeGen conducted a basic orientation seminar at the St. Joseph Friary. Friar representatives from three friaries attended the seminar, along with two religious Franciscan sisters. It is hoped that this initiative will flourish and spread to all the presences of the Custody.

Friar Emmanuel GIVA
Photos: Friar Emmanuel GIVA, Friar Miguel (Jose Willy) SUMAGAYSAY