On January 11, 2024, the Teresian Association in Iloilo celebrated the 100 years of Pontifical Approval by Pope Pius XI with a thanksgiving Mass in gratitude and deep communion with the Church.
The Eucharist was celebrated at the Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral, the National Shrine of Our Lady of Candles, the Patroness of Western Visayas. It was presided by the Most Reverend Jose Romeo Lazo, Archbishop of Jaro, with 25 members of the Clergy of the Archdiocese concelebrating.
The Liturgy was prepared by the St. Joseph Regional Seminary with its Choir and the seminarians of the St. Vincent Seminary as servers. These two seminaries offered their services freely in gratitude for the many years of the TA’s collaboration in the formation of the seminarians.
The thanksgiving mass was attended by members of the Association, members of our families, friends, colleagues, our IT Youth, seminarians, acquaintances and the faithful who happened to be attending the mass that time.
Msgr. Ramon Masculino, who pronounced the homily, underlined that the centenary is happening when the Synodal Church is inviting us to take a journey together and sums up this centenary in two words: “Viajando juntos…” in three movements:
1) journeying with God —an awesome experience of God’s presence and absence;
2) traveling with the Church —long before the affirmation of the Second Vatican Council on the Role of the Laity in the Church, the TA had already opened up for a greater lay participation;
3) journeying with you —here is “where I see the faces of the TA members who have been our mentors, teachers, collaborators and friends, faces of countless men and women who have journeyed with us in our life of faith, struggling with us to light our path, guiding us to to see our good works as we together praise God in the simple life they live among us”, he added.
Before the final blessing, the Archbishop gave his congratulatory greetings to the TA and thanked the TA family for its evangelizing presence in society and in the Church.
Iloilo TA members present at the celebration.
The joyful celebration ended with a dinner where the messages of the TA President, Gregoria Ruiz, and the Sector Director, Lucia Subaldo, were shared with our guests.
Imelda Sebastian, Iloilo.
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