National Marian Congress 2017
The PDDM sisters participated in the National Marian Congress at the FR2-5 SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia, Pasay City on July 7-8, 2017 organized by the Marian Solidarity for Pope Francis headed by Bp. Guillermo Afable, Bishop of Digos, as the Bishop head Coordinator for Marian Retreat and Congress. They have three important projects in honor of Our Lady of Fatima, and one of which is the said event, focused on the story of the Fatima apparitions, Our Lady’s message, and the consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary as this year, 2017, marks the centennial anniversary of her apparitions at Fatima, Portugal.
Participants are from the different Dioceses all over the Philippines. Some are Priests, religious and lay men and women and even little children were present during the said event.
As a congregation, we were asked to lead the whole assembly in praying the Morning Prayer (Lauds) for two days to start the day in this 2-day congress.
Bishop Afable formally opened the Congress with the enthronement of the holy image of Our Lady of Fatima which is the gift of Sr. Lucia to the Philippines, one of the three children whom the Lady appeared in Fatima. Various activities took place during the congress such as praise and worship, praying the Holy Rosary in different languages, offering of 100 bouquets of flowers to the Lady, etc. Moreover, many known and effective speakers were invited to give talks during the congress.