PDDM @ 100
The sisters in the Philippines in communion with those in Taiwan and Hong Kong, and the rest of the Disciples of the Divine Master (PDDM) the world over, raised their jubilant thanksgiving to the Blessed Trinity for a solemn and meaningful celebration of the Centenary of their foundation last February 10, 2024.
Lay persons, priests, and consecrated persons particularly the members of the Pauline Family, gathered together at the International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage to celebrate this momentous event of the PDDM.
The Mass which started at 8:30 a.m. was presided by Most Rev. Ruperto Santos, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Antipolo. He was joined by Most Rev. Francis De Leon, Bishop Emeritus of the same diocese, Rev. Fr. Mario Sobrejuanite, the Provincial Superior of the Society of St. Paul, and other concelebrating priests from different dioceses and religious congregations.
The celebration began with a solemn entrance procession ushered by the sound of the trumpet. Three PDDM carried to the altar the incense, the centenary lamp, and the Gospel Book, followed by the servers, 32 priests, and two bishops.
In his homily, Most Rev. Bishop Santos first greeted the PDDM Sisters with congratulations praising the marvels the Lord has done for them. He then gave a profound reflection which affirmed that there is God, that He is always with us, especially with the PDDM, and that He is always good, gracious, and generous. Bishop Santos said these fundamental truths have been experienced by the PDDM Sisters throughout these 100 years.
The Rabboni Choir together with some PDDM sisters also made the celebration more beautiful and touching.
Sr. M. Kristine Legaspi, Provincial Councilor, read to the assembly the message of Sr. M. Magdalene Magallanes, Provincial Superior of the PDDM Philippine-Taiwan-Hong Kong Province. The message echoed the gratitude of the sisters to God, to the assembly present, and to all the people who have been collaborating with them in their mission and shared with them the joys and challenges in their journey. They thanked those who made the day’s celebration solemn and beautiful.
After the Mass, the sisters and all the guests had a motorcade from the Antipolo Cathedral to the Divine Master Convent, where the reception and program took place.
On the eve of the World Day of the Sick, the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time, the PDDM PTH Province celebrated another gift of the Centenary. The Divine Master Homecare in Antipolo was blessed.
The PDDM sisters gathered again at 5:00 a.m. at the newly renovated infirmary ward for the blessing rite officiated by Rev. Fr. Gil Alinsangan, SSP.
The Divine Master Homecare features two Nurse's Rooms, a Nurse's Office, a Caregivers' Room, two Recovery Rooms, a Supply Room, an Assisted Bathroom, and a five-bedroom Patients' Ward.
We unite ourselves with the whole Church in praying for all the sick. May they and all our sisters who are ill find meaning in their suffering like that of Christ.