"One in Mind and Heart in Forming Apostles of Christ"
“The Verbum Dei Family is a family that God has created.” This was the motivating line that Bro. Darwin Capuras, FMVD had shared in his morning guidelines during the celebration of the 3rd Local Assembly of the Verbum Dei Missionary Family in Cebu last Sunday, August 30, 2015 held in the Verbum Dei Apostolate Center, Good Shepherd hills, Banawa, Cebu City. The event started with a morning guidelines and silent prayer in the chapel to set the mood for the celebration of the assembly.
After which, the family proceeded to the conference hall to watch video presentations about the Verbum Dei family from all over the world and from the different parts of the Philippines. The video presentation showed how the Verbum Dei charism is being practiced by the family and how the Word of God transformed the lives of the people whom He has touched from all over the world. The morning session ended with the sharing of realizations from the presentation with hearts full of gratitude to God that the Verbum Dei in Cebu is indeed part of that big family that God has formed and sent to share His word to His people.
The afternoon session resumed with a Financial report of the family account by the Ways and Means Committee presented by Mr. Vladimiro Moura, one of the members of the Couples reality. It was followed by the report of the status of the Verbum Dei family in Cebu from the Ecclessial Coordinator, Sr. Gabriela Rocha, FMVD. She presented the highlights and the fruits of the VD family in Cebu across the different yeas. She also presented the consolidated result of the survey as an evaluation report of the 4 Priorities (Accompaniment, Organization and Structure, Formation, and Missionary Expansion) assisted by a lay disciple Dr. Lucio Pulmones, the Reality Head of the Couples. The over-all result of the evaluation is that the Verbum Dei Family in Cebu is doing very good wherein all the 4 Priorities are actualized in the different realities but still with areas that are still needed for improvement and follow-up. Lastly, she presented the institutional calendar of activities for the entire year. She ended her report inviting everyone to dream for the Verbum Dei Family and make that dream a reality.
After Sr. Gabby’s report was the presentation of the Vision statement, Mission statement, and the Goals of every reality. Mrs. Teresita Lapinid presented from the Hijas de Marias, Ms. Ma. Lourdes ‘Bebot’ Flores presented from the Mary’s friends, Ms. Mylene Capuras and Ms. Claudine Rosaña presented from the Youth, Ms. Angel Frias and Dr. Jane Jacel presented from the Working Singles, Dr. Lucio Pulmones presented from the Couples, and Fr. Micheal Cheong, FMVD presented from the Kids. In general, the content of the Vision-Mission of every reality is highly related to the Verbum Dei charism (prayer, preaching, and testimony of life) while the Goals were much more concrete ways related to the 4 Priorities.
The last presentation was about the update of the phase 2 of the Apostolic House project given by Sr. Janet Gustilo, FMVD. She presented the update of the account from the pledges and the different fund raising activities (i.e. Dinner for a Cause last November 2014, Concert last February 2015) of the family. She also presented the prospect lots for the house. The family need a 300-sq.m lot and their budget for this is approximately 4 million pesos. Finally, she presented the different creative ways wherein the family can collaborate to raise funds for the project. She presented the 98 House of Prayer fund raising campaign wherein the family needs at least 100 volunteers to donate at least P 98.00 per week. Each of the 100 volunteers will look for 2 other people who will devotedly also do the same. This will start on September 8, 2015 (9/8) and will run for 8 months until May 8, 2016. They are targeting to collect more than one million pesos from this project.
The assembly concluded with the celebration of the Eucharist concelebrated by the Verbum Dei priests in Cebu, Rev. Fr. Michael Cheong, FMVD, Rev. Fr. Gerson Ortiz, FMVD, and Rev. Fr. Lucio Arellano, FMVD with our deacon Rev. Vincent Guinoo, FMVD.
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