GENERAL SANTOS City, Nov. 2, 2015 – The Association of Mindanao-Sulu Religious Brothers (AMSRB) held its annual convention at the Sarangani Highland Resort in General Santos City from Oct. 26 to 28, 2015.
Thirty-two brothers from seven different religious congregations came together to enjoy one another’s presence through sports and evening socials where they got to share stories informally.
Fr. Jomar Sibug, OP gave the input on the theme of the convention: “AMSR Brothers Waking Up the World”. He reviewed with the attendees the Apostolic Letter of Pope Francis to all consecrated persons.
Sibug is the superior of St. Antoninus House in General Santos City. He is also the promoter of Missions of the Dominican Province of the Philippines and the Spiritual Director of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Seminary of the Diocese of Marbel.
Those who were present during the convention were from:
- Society of Divine Word – 1;
- Priests and Brothers of the Sacred Heart – 1;
- Order of St. Benedict – 2;
- Brothers of the Holy Family – 4;
- Oblates of Mary Immaculate – 4;
- Brothers of the Sacred Heart – 8;
- Marist Brothers – 12
A week earlier, the regional conventions of Visayas and Luzon were held in Boracay and Batangas respectively.
The Mindanao-Sulu Brothers are tentatively scheduled to host the triennial convention of the National Federation of Religious Brothers in the Philippines (NFRBP) from Oct. 26 to 28, 2016.
The organization of this AMSRB assembly 2015 was under the leadership of:
- Br. Arnel Alfanta, FMS (chair);
- Br. Roland Pontevedra, SVD (secretary and acting vice chair)
- Br. Romelito Valen, SC (treasurer)
The group elected Br. Yohanes Sismade, SCJ as the new vice chair for one year to fill in the vacant position. (Br. Roland Pontevedra, SVD / CBCP News)