CMS, Agents of Communion

(An Account of the 14th CMS National Assembly)

 By Candolyn Quilit

CMS, Cagayande Oro City, Philippines

Every year the Carmelite Missionaries Secular holds its National Assembly as fellowship of all its members.  For this year, the 14th CMS National Assembly with the theme “CMS Agents of Communion” was held last April 28-30, 2017 at Tagbuan Center, Fr. William Masterson Avenue, Upper Balulang, Cagayan de Oro City.  It was participated by the different CMS Chapters from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The host for this year’s assembly was the CMS of Cagayan de Oro City Chapter.

The first day of the assembly was an opening program. It started with a symbolic opening ritual, a Mindanao Tribal dance presentation and sharing of the origin of Cagayan de Oro rendered by the host chapter.  It was followed by the Welcome Remarks of the National Coordinator, Luzenda Ledesma and the presentation of the participants from the different chapters. This day was highlighted with an informative, reflective and worth-sharing “Talk” by Fr. Julius Clavero, Parish Priest of Nazareno Parish, who also presided over the Mass. In the afternoon, Dory Ordiz, a CMS member of Cagayan de Oro Chapter shared about “Ecological Conversion” to give meaning to the topic, CMS agents of Communion with the Environment.

The 14th CMS National Assembly was very productive for there were several activities that fulfilled the mission of the CMS such as exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, celebration of the Holy Mass, reporting by chapter on living our Charism through our apostolic involvements, visiting the Home for Girls at DSWD, Dental and Optical Mission at Misamis Oriental Provincial Jail, and re-echo of the International Assembly at Barcelona, Spain by Charry Tinsay from Bacolod Chapter.  These activities contributed a lot in nourishing the spiritual life of each CMS with the intercession of Fr. Franciso Palau.

The assembly was indeed successful because of the support of all CMS advisers, the commitment and collaboration of each CMS Chapter and the presence of the guest priests who inspired us. It is always in the heart of every CMS to look forward to the next National Assembly to spend another quality time with each other, enrich our spiritual life and to continue embracing the Palautian charism.  

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