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from last October 8, 2010. They completed the course on Religious Studies after studying for two years and a semester. And to complete the course  “Bachelor in Secondary Education major in Religious Education”, they will undergo for another semester for Practice Teaching at . The three Filipino Brothers will be assigned to the different school ministries in Mindanao while the rest will go back to their respective countries.

The following graduates were:

  1. Br. Ace Fernando, fms of the Philippines, East-Asia Province
  2. Br. Albert Antonysamy, fms of India, South Asia Province
  3. Br. Brendan Charles Senei, fms of Papua New Guinea
  4. Br. Chamara Hettiarachchi, fms of Sri Lanka, South Asia Province
  5. Br. Damaso Chun, fms of Korea, East-Asia Province
  6. Br. Elie Bulesam- Sangul, fms of Vanuatu
  7. Br. Farancis Naveed, fms of Pakistan, South Asia Province
  8. Br. Job Tumacas, fms of the Philippines, East-Asia Province
  9. Br. Kamaran Yunas, fms of Pakistan, South Asia Province
  10. Br. Francisco Song, fms of Korea, East-Asia Province
  11. Br. Mark Roberth Laurea, fms of the Philippines, East Asia Province

Brother Mark Roberth gives his Closing Address:

Graduation Closing Address

Rev. Br. Joe Mc Kee, Vicar General, representing the General Council of the Marist Brothers in Rome, Rev. Br. Manny de Leon, Provincial of East Asia Province, Rev. Br. Shanti, Provincial of South Asia Province, Sr. Maria Aurora Santos, ACI Superior, Bro. Des Howard, Rector, Br. Manny Uluan, Dean of studies, Guests, members of Marist School Community, MAPAC Educators both Lay and Brothers, my fellow student Brothers and Sisters, Parents, Relatives, Friends, Benefactors, Ladies and Gentlemen, and finally my fellow graduates, A blessed good morning . . .

From here . . . where do we go? . . . From today onwards . . . what can we do? . . . After one year
. . . Where will we be? . . . These are the questions that only, WE, the graduates, can answer. . .

Once it was said by William Penn and Mahatma Gandhi, [and I quote] “I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness I can show to any fellow person, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it for I shall not pass this way again” [end of quote].That indeed ladies and gentlemen is the message that I wish to convey today. I feel very honored and privileged to be able to offer this vote of thanks on behalf of my fellow graduates.

Fellow graduates, can we live up to the challenges confronting us as Religious in this millennium? Can we accept the reality that we have only one opportunity to do any good thing suggested by William Penn and Mahatma Gandhi?

“Change is inevitable.” As we stand on the brink of moving into life beyond MAPAC change will be inevitable! It is inevitable that structures, practices and relationships will change in our day-to-day lives. It is inevitable that we will face new challenges and it is inevitable that things may seem a little different in the years to come. Yes, life is definitely going to become a little shaken up and stirred about.

Behind every successful undertaking are dedicated people who contribute their efforts unselfishly, willingly and unconditionally with fervor, enthusiasm and commitment. We should not let this opportunity pass without expressing our sincere and heartfelt gratitude to the following:

To our Staff Brothers, we are indeed indebted for giving us the haven, comfort, warmth and unwavering support for the duration of our Formation. We will always remember how you have guided us through the joys and trials of being a young religious in initial formation. We thank you for keeping before us our vocational growth and discernment.

To our Lay and Religious Teachers, thank you for walking patiently with us. Your guidance, support, dedication and commitment in sharing your knowledge, creativity and time have equipped us for our future ministry. Your Love to us is what has marked you as a teacher.

To our Parents, Relatives, Friends, Benefactors and Religious Bros and Sisters some of you have come from distant places; your presence has made the day more delightful and indeed memorable for us. We thank you so much for being part of our graduation ceremony today, and we are especially grateful for your untiring moral support.

To our organizers, who have made this graduation day a success to almost perfection, we are pleased with your efforts and ingenuity.

The La Milagrosa Village pastoral community, we thank you for giving us the opportunity to spread the Gospel of the Lord through our songs each month.

To those we have worked with in our AFA (Apostolic Formative Activities). We thank you for accepting us to be part of your mission. We have discovered the value of ‘Presence.’ By being present with you, we recognize more clearly, how God uses our anxieties, brokenness, limitations and vulnerabilities for the benefit of others.

To our special friends at Eucharistiana Center, we thank you for your Love and support that we have experience from you each week this semester. You have challenged us to move beyond our boundaries of what it means to be a teacher to special children.

To our Lay partners, we have been touched by your loving and caring service. Thank you for being our faithful partners in doing and fulfilling the day-to-day humble works and responsibilities here at MAPAC.

To our 1st Yr and 2nd Yr Bros, we thank you for your complimentary services in preparing and managing today’s celebration. We take it as your expression of joy for this occasion. As we leave, we pass on to you the torch of Enlightenment that, hopefully, will guide you until your own graduation.

Today’s achievements may fade or even be forgotten. The applause may become a distant memory and our certificates and medals may gather dust on a shelf or in a drawer. But you – you will always be remembered for caring enough, for helping us, for making us feel special and appreciated, and for being the kind of person that we enjoy spending time with.

In closing, I beseech you all, to please continue praying for us that we may be guided to reach the only right path worthy of the vision and mission of St. Marcellin Champagnat and St. Rafaela Mary.

On behalf of the 2010 graduates, I THANK you all for making this a very meaningful event.

GOOD DAY to you all.

Prepared by: Roberth

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3 Comments for this entry

Michael Potter

October 20th, 2010 on 11:02 am

Congratulations and best wishes to all graduands. Had the pleasure of meeting Chamara, Farancis and Kamaran in Bangkok on their journey home. God bless you all in the future

Br. Moses Uyang, fms.

October 24th, 2010 on 5:06 pm

I say CONGRATULATIONS to you my dear Brothers of Mary. thank you for your courage and patiance, you are riping the fruits of your patience by celebrating your graduation. you have been prepared in some way for the noble mission of our beloved Institute; i say go in faith to your new appointment, the Lord will surely be with you all.
May Mary and Marcellin and our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

fraternally yours,
Br. Moses , fms.

note: i am a scholastic at Marist International Centre, Nairobi-Kenya.


October 24th, 2010 on 5:09 pm

@ Brothers Moses and Michael, we are grateful of your messages for us… Thanks a lot!

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