Article: Blessing of the New Verbum Dei Cebu Apostolate Center - March 29, 2015 (by Patrick Tesorio)
March 29, 2015 was the blessing of the new and improved Verbum Dei Apostolate Center in Good Shepherd, Banawa, Cebu City upon the celebration of the Palm Sunday. The Holy Mass was celebrated at 10:00 am followed by the blessing of the Apostolate Center by the newly-ordained deacon Rev. Vincent Guinoo, FMVD together with the rest of the religious members of the fraternity both from the male and the female branches. A fellowship meal followed after the blessing.
The Apostolate Center was previously a small retreat house. The rooms in the second floor were reconstructed into a large fully air-conditioned function hall with 2 confessional / counselling rooms inside. The old parking area / garage is now the new receiving area and the old stock room is the mini function room. The kiosk, kitchen, small chapel, dining room, and the rooms in the ground floor were renovated. The big chapel is now fully air-conditioned. The garage is transferred beside the "Nipa House" where the brothers live and the Grotto is transferred beside the Kiosk.
For transparency, Fr. Gerson Ortiz, FMVD presented the breakdown of expenses and the next phase of the Apostolic House Project. The community expressed their gratitude to the whole family and to their benefactors for their continued support to the fraternity. We still continue to pray for the realization of the Apostolic House of the Verbum Dei Family in Cebu, Philippines.
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