The Association of Pauline Cooperators - Friends of the Divine Master 9th National assembly was held at the Rivier Retreat House, Davao City on May 25 – 28, 2017, with  the theme:   APC-FDM: Effective and Joyful Collaborators in the Mission of New Evangelization.

The opening Mass was officiated by Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles and concelebrated by the SSP priests, Fr. Albert Bernal and Fr. Rene Taneza.

Professor Sean-Patrick Lovett, Director of Vatican Radio’s English Section and Professor of Media and Communication, the assembly’s keynote speaker, who shared on his personal experiences and lessons learned from serving 5 popes, from Pope Paul VI to the present Pope Francis, challenged the FDMs and a hundred and more participants from the Davao archdiocese’s committees on social  communications  to be joyful witnesses and collaborators in the church’s mission of evangelization.

The FDMs, through Sr. M. Mercedes Pineda, PDDM talk on “Looking Back the 100 years of the APC “ as well as the beginnings of the Friends of the Divine Master, were then led to a better understanding  and deeper appreciation of their role as collaborators to the PDDM  mission of giving witness to Jesus Truth, Way and Life in the church and our world today.

The new set of officers of the APC-FDM National Council 2017 – 2020:

Soledad ‘Sol’ Tiotuico, APC FDM National Coordinator

Lucile Quindoy, 1st Councilor

Throvadore ‘Don’ Toboso, Secretary

Virginia ‘Gie’ Guarin, Treasurer.

At the closing Mass of the assembly, before the final blessing, it was announced that the next APC-FDM National Assembly in 2020 to be hosted by the FDM Antipolo Unit will be held in Luzon.

To the outgoing FDM National Council and the FDM Davao unit and Sisters, most generous and kind hosts of the recently concluded FDM National Assembly: a heart-filled THANK YOU to each and all!  Deo Gratias!