Celebration in the Philippines
Good Shepherd Parish, Manila, in the Philippines is run by SMA missionaries. Mission Sunday – 21 October – was a special day for the Parish when Bembolio De Los Santos SMA was ordained to the Diaconate.
He was ordained by Bishop Jesse Eugenio Mercado, Bishop of Paranaque, in a colourful ceremony that was witnessed by his family, SMA members and a host of parishioners.
Bembolio comes from the island of Negros where he was born on 9 February 1974. He came to SMA and undertook his philosphical and theological studies including a Spiritual Year at SMA House in Silang. He joined the Society in 2003 as a temporary member and took his permanent Oath of membership of SMA on 19 October 2007. He spent one year on pastoral assignment in Ghana where he had the opportunity to experience SMA missionary work. He hopes to be ordained to the priesthood in May 2008.