MANILA, July 14, 2015— An official of the Roman Curia is scheduled to visit the Philippines in this Year of Consecrated Life.
In line with this, the Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines (AMRSP) invites all men and women religious as well as seminarians to grab the rare opportunity to meet and greet Archbishop José Rodríguez Carballo, OFM, secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.
According to the official AMRSP Facebook page, there are two separate events interested parties can choose to attend, one to be held in Cebú City and another in Manila.
These are as follows:
- Dialogue with Consecrated Men and Women
July 15, Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Basilica Minore del Santo Nino de Cebu
- Dialogue with Religious Juniors and Seminarians
July 16, Thursday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Royal and Pontifical University of Santo Tomás (UST)
According to Fr. Dexter Toledo, AMRSP secretary general, posted, interested parties may contact the AMRSP Secretariat at (02) 631-8398 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Fr. Toots Buenafe added, “The July 16 sked at UST is open to all religious who are based in Manila, not only the temporary professed sisters and brothers. It is open to all: superiors, formators, members.”
Archbishop José Rodríguez Carballo currently heads the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life at the Vatican.
This means he is in charge of everything concerning Institutes of Consecrated Life, orders and religious congregations, both of men and of women, as well as secular institutes, and Societies of Apostolic Life regarding their government, discipline, studies, goods, rights, and privileges.
Pope Francis appointed him to the said position on April 6, 2013, filling a vacancy that lasted for several months.
The Holy Father later named him titular archbishop of Bellicastrum.
Son of St. Francis
A Franciscan, Carballo previously served as General Minister of the Order of Friars Minor (OFM) from 2003 to 2013, making him the 119th successor of St. Francis of Assisi.
The 61-year old prelate Spanish prelate was also a professor of Sacred Scripture at the Diocesan Seminary of Vigo from 1982 to 1992, and taught the Theology of Consecrated Life at the Center for Theological Studies of Santiago de Compostela from 1985 to 1992 .
Also in 1992, he was elected Provincial Minister of Santiago de Compostela. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)