The Joy of Mandate
The mandate to serve through the ministry of authority was formally given to the members of the new Provincial Government of the PDDM Philippine-Taiwan-Hong Kong Province in the installation rite during the Eucharistic Celebration on January 24, 2024.
The Mass presided by Rev. Fr. Peter Lavin, Superior General of the Alagad ni Maria at 6:30 a.m. took place at Divine Master Chapel in Antipolo City.
Sr. M. Magdalene Magallanes, the Provincial Superior was joined by her council—Sr. M. Bernadette Martinez (also the Provincial Vicar), Sr. M. Janice Golez (also the Provincial Secretary), Sr. M. Kristine Legaspi, and Sr. M. Ruth Nardo. Sr. M. Hedda Solon is also part of the team as the Provincial Bursar.
United with the PDDM sisters from Antipolo, Quezon City, and Manila, the new set of sisters in service of authority made their vows of commitment to God and the sisters in the PTH Province, in the Pauline Family and the Church. The event was also graced with the presence of the laity especially the APC-Friends of the Divine Master.
The homily given by Fr. Peter served as a light in the path of service that the sisters will tread upon as they fulfill the mandate they received. He highlighted the values of discernment in obeying the will of God as well as self-giving and sacrifice in doing this noble ministry.
The date of the installation coincided with the 76th death anniversary of Blessed Timothy Giccardo, the first Pauline priest. Fondly called the Signor Maestro of the Disciples of the Divine Master, Fr. Timothy Giaccardo (1896-1948) has offered his life for the ecclesial and institutional recognition of the PDDM congregation, along with the intervention of Blessed James Alberione and Mother Scholastica Rivata. Thus eventually, the Pontifical approval was granted to the PDDM on January 12, 1948, and definitively ratified on August 30, 1960.
Mindful that the service of authority is a mission of charity received from the Lord, the sisters received the mandate with joy as they committed themselves to be channels of God’s mercy and love to those whom they are called to serve.