A Weekend to Remember

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The family of St. Candida Maria de Jesus gathered in Iloilo at  District 21 Hotel last July 1 &2, 2017 for a Pastoral Accompaniment Seminar which was conducted for the Visayas- Mindanao group composed of Hijas de Jesus Sisters and lay collaborators.


There were representatives from the different schools namely: St. Candida School of Estancia, Iloilo,    St. Joseph’s School of Jordan, Guimaras, St. James Catholic School of Maasin, Iloilo, Colegio de las Hijas de Jesus, Inc., Iloilo City, Stella Maris of Davao City and Sacred Heart School Hijas de  Jesus of Cebu City. A good number of Hijas de Jesus Sisters represented the centers of Lasang, Davao and El Salvador, Misamis Oriental. The ‘Friends of St. Candida in Iloilo City’, individuals who do not directly work in the Hijas de Jesus schools or centers but who spread the mission through her charism in their own work places, also joined the group.

         We were blessed with the presence of a very passionate speaker in the person of Mr. Ernest Tan. He shared his expertise on Counselling adding a peculiar subtopic on the Religious Dimension to Counselling which is a vital part of the accompaniment program of the Hijas de Jesus. For many of the participants, the seminar was a crash course. For others, it was a review which was perfectly done as we are about to continue the accompaniment program for this school year. It clearly emphasized that we, the ones to accompany must not give the solution; rather, we give hope. The topics became even more meaningful when we were having workshops based on the skills and processes taken. During these times, we did not only apply our learnings but also experienced our being one family of St. Candida. We gained more friends as we interacted casually and freely with other members of the different Hijas de Jesus Centers including the F.I. sisters.

            The whole encounter gave us the confidence to do more in our service of accompanying people. It clarified some of our doubts and increased our motivation to start  ( for others) or continue to do this noble task of guiding people to become who God wants them to be. Hopefully this encounter will help us realize one of the dreams of St. Candida which is “to bring many souls to heaven.”

            Since many travelled far either by land, sea or air, some took advantage of the time by having bench marking /visit to our sister schools.

             Indeed, it was a fruitful weekend, one worth remembering.

            Thank you FI sisters for the privilege!

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