Saturday, June 07, 2008

A Multicultural Religious Community

Last week, I finally got back here in Davao. The theology students also came back after their summer vacation. The new students also arrived. We now have a big community composed of Redemptorists of different nationalities: Filipinos, Irish, Thais, Singaporeans/Malaysians and Vietnamese. For four days, starting last Tuesday, we had a retreat-workshop on inter-cultural community living conducted by Fr. Edgar Javier - an SVD missiologist based in Manila. Yesterday we ended our retreat-workshop and last night we had our "bienvenida." After a sumptuous dinner, each group presented something that reflected their cultural heritage. I performed a piece on my one-man band.

So back to ordinary life - religious, academic life. Classes will begin this Tuesday. I will miss the biking adventure.

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