PASAY City, June 16, 2015—Speaking on behalf of her congregation, an official of the Daughters of St. Paul (FSP) in the Philippines expressed gratitude for the many graces they continue to receive after a century of proclaiming and spreading God’s Word.
“As we thank God, we also thank you, who are instruments of His love for us, for the congregation,” said Sr. Delia Abian, FSP vicar provincial, in a speech she gave during the 100th foundation anniversary celebration of the worldwide Catholic congregation.
She noted further that the centenary is not only about reviving the memory of all that the Lord has accomplished in their midst, but also about the generous response of the sisters who live out their vocation in various contexts to the best of their abilities.
“We marvel at the international and universal features that our congregation has taken on, and how much the Pauline charism has been enriched by the contribution of the different cultures. We are grateful for the progressive and incessant evolution of the new technologies that give an ever new appearance to our mission and challenge us to begin each day anew with that faith of our sisters one hundred years ago in Alba, Italy and to prepare ourselves always better to carry out an efficacious and prophetic apostolate today,” she shared.
Abian went on to pay tribute to fellow Paulines whose strength and courage enable them to survive in social and political situations that are difficult and dangerous, as well as those who continue to give themselves without reserve all for the sake of the Gospels.
From its humble start in Alba, Italy on June 15, 1915, she rejoiced at how a then obscure religious community has managed to reach where it is today, recalling it came into being “without a name, without a house, without anyone being aware of their presence.”
“Now, the congregation has flourished and spread far and wide. With more than 2,200 sisters present in 52 countries of the world’s five continents, the congregation has indeed been blessed,” Abian exclaimed. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)