Introducing JPIC at the Passionists' administered parish in Marikina City, Metro Manila. Fr. Rey Ondap, CP (center), together with his JPIC staff and other invited speakers talked about Laudato Si, climate change and response through concrete actions. It was an apt way of culminating creation month and planning.

We recall that (to quote an official communication from the Generalate), in the 45th General Chapter of our Congregation, commitment to justice, peace and the integrity of creation was the fifth of the top 10 priorities that will serve to guide our process of restructuring on all levels. The Chapter decrees that every Province, Vice-Province and Vicariate develop a plan for the future of its life and mission.

This commitment is profoundly rooted in our charism. Our Constitutions express our desire “to share in the distress of all, especially those who are poor and neglected…” (Const.#3). We believe that the power of the Cross offers us the strength to discern and to alleviate the burden of suffering experienced by the poor and the marginalized of our world. The preferential option for the poor has a central role in the process of Restructuring, guiding us to channel and utilize our resources.

Furthermore, the ecological crisis of the world in which we live invites us to be concerned about the safeguarding and the protection of creation.

The commitment to justice, peace and the integrity of creation that is already present in various areas and apostolates of the Congregation should be integrated into all levels of planning in the Provinces, Vice-provinces and Vicariates including the area of initial formation.

With this goal in mind, we must avail ourselves of the good use of available contacts and networks within the Congregation.

September 26, 2015


FR. VIVIEN NUERA, CP, the parish vicar of St. Gabriel of our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Marikina City

O most holy Virgin, Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ: by the overwhelming grief you experienced when you witnessed the martyrdom, the crucifixion, and death of your divine Son, look upon me with eyes of compassion, and awaken in my heart a tender commiseration for those sufferings, as well as a sincere detestation of my sins, in order that being disengaged from all undue affection for the passing joys of this earth, I may sigh after the eternal Jerusalem, and that henceforward all my thoughts and all my actions may be directed towards this one most desirable object. Honor, glory, and love to our divine Lord Jesus, and to the holy and immaculate Mother of God. Amen.



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