QUEZON City, Sept. 9, 2015 – Mama’s boys—and girls—in uniform, anyone?
Members of the country’s police force ended today a two-day seminar on Marian consecration at St. Joseph Church, Philippine National Police (PNP) Headquarters, Camp Rafael C. Crame, Quezon City.
Starting on Tuesday, Sept. 8, the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin, some 60 policemen and women from the various units and districts of the PNP had taken a time off their usual public service duties in order to offer themselves voluntarily to Mary.
This forms part of the commitment of the institution to transform its personnel from inside out through sound moral and spiritual values in line with the PNP’s LOT 17/10 “SUGO” (Spiritual Upliftment and Growth of the Organization).
Held four times a year since 2010, the Marian seminar is the initiative of the PNP Chaplain Service headed by its director, Fr Deody Barrett, with the support of Fr. Jason Ortizo of the St. Joseph Church in Camp Crame, among other priests.
Becoming better Catholics
Each seminar, the police-participants are taught how to start and cultivate a deeper relationship with the Mother of God.
In this regard, they consecrate themselves to the Immaculate Heart, are encouraged to say the Holy Rosary, and to avail of the Sacraments of the Church, particularly Confession and the Eucharist.
Present to facilitate the talk entitled “Advance Marian Seminar” was no less than Fr. Romerico Prieto of the Diocese of Cubao, who is an active promoter of the Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
1,200 consecrations and counting
After the seminar, the police-participants took turns having their rosaries blessed by the priest.
Since it began in 2010, as many as 1,200 PNP members have already consecrated themselves to Mary under the program.
One of the previous participants who requested anonymity shared she has become a daily Massgoer because of the Marian seminar. (Raymond A. Sebastián / CBCP News)