TWENTY-FIVE YEARS OF
AMIGONIAN PRESENCE IN THE PHILIPPINES
José Oltra Vidal, tc
(General Superior, 1986)
First, I would like to give thanks to
God, Source of all goodness, for the first twenty-five years of
Amigonian presence in the Philippines. I would also like to acknowledge
all our brothers, religious and lay, who have made possible the joyful
reality of our Silver Anniversary in the country.
I remember with happiness and deep feelings when, after careful
preparation in Asis and a long journey from Rome, together with Fr.
Donato Gatto and Brother Luis Ortiz, we finally arrived in Manila on the
5th day of March 1986. Trusting in Divine Providence, we
came with high hopes and deeply-rooted resolve to sow the seeds of the
Amigonian charism and witness its growth in later years. Cardinal Jaime
Sin, himself, welcomed and praised our decision to come to the
Philippines, forecasting that the Amigonian Mission will solidly
progress in the Philippines, and from there expand to the nearby
regions, until it reaches China.
Sometime later other brothers arrived. The Lord also blessed us with
native vocations, lay and religious, to guarantee the continuity of the
Amigonian Mission in Asia. To all those who in the past have
been part of this journey; to those who are presently with us; and to
those who will be with us in the future, my congratulations and
assurance of my affectionate support in prayer.
As I generally recall from memory, without meaning to leave out anyone,
I remember with gratitude Fr. Donato Gatto, Brother Luis Ortiz, Fr.
Javier Cabezas and Fr. Gioacchino Tesoro; Bro.
Virginio Pompilio, Fr.
Emilio Eslava, Fr. Ralf Winterberg, Fr. Francisco Solano . . .
Afterwards, many other religious from
the Philippines followed, like Bro. Rafael Hontanar, Fr, Joel Mosura,
Fr. Edgardo Solano, Fr. Ronel Dizon, Fr. Danny Clamor, Fr. Idelfonso
Diente and many other brothers and priests. I also wish to extend my
affectionate greetings and prayers to our Terciary Capuchin Sisters,
Capuchin Brothers, Seminarians, Amigonian Cooperators, Educators,
Benefactors, Volunteers, Parishioners and especially to our Children and
Youth in various Amigonian Missions in the Philippines. In a very
special way, I extend this to all those who are actually involved in the
important social work of Friendship Home Fr. Luis Amigó.
always keep in grateful remembrance the warm welcome given to us by the
Filipino people over the past twenty-five years. Their
joyfulness and generosity, their great dignity and their
special capacity to keep the faith in the face of sufferings. And most
of all, I am grateful for the brotherly friendship of all the simple
people with whom we relate and are committed to serve.
intercession of the Venerable Luis Amigó, may Almighty God, in His
Providence continue to bless this young Filipino Amigonian Mission in
its 25th Anniversary, until it spreads for the welfare of all
many more years hereafter. May Jesus Christ the Good Shepherd and Our
Sorrowful Mother protect and guard you.
fraternal affection and friendship.
Bro. José Otra Vidal, tc