MANILA, April 11, 2013—A three-day convention in Western Visayas will highlight Blessed Frederic Ozanam’s Bicentennial Birth Anniversary on April 23.
Organized by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SSVP) in the Philippines, the 2013 National Convention is themed “Witnessing the Faith with the Poor” will mark Blessed Frederic Ozanam’s Bicentennial Birth Anniversary on the 2nd day of the convention.
Some highlights of the convention are the Eucharistic Mass to be celebrated by Jaro Archbishop Angel Lagdameo at the Jaro Cathedral for Ozanam’s birth anniversary celebration, the amazing race dubbed as “Amazing Grace” which is an apostolate to 10 areas (orphanage, Asilo de Molo, abused women, street children, hospital charity ward, persons with disabilities, feeding program, pediatric ward, Iloilo City jail), the Vincentian Idol, and the election of the SSVP national president.
Other activities include workshops, Taize prayer, inputs, plenary, reporting, synthesis, presentation of the current national president and the installation of the new national president during the 3-day convention.
Fr. Joel Eslabra will give the keynote address while Msgr. Meliton Osos will discuss the topic “Year of Faith and the Poor”.
Organizers believe that by showcasing the life and works of their founder, Bl. Frederic Ozanam, society’s members will gain a deeper understanding of his spirituality and make him a model in serving others, especially the poor.
The three-day convention is slated on April 22-24 at the Punta Villa Resort in Iloilo City. (Jandel Posion)