Xavier Ecoville houses 10 seminarians from the Augustinians of the Assumptions for a community exposure from April 26 to May 10. Each seminarian is assigned to a foster home and will offer services to the community throughout their stay.
“We came here with the intention to be available for any help that is needed in the community and to be close with our host families. We also picked Xavier Ecoville because it isa peaceful area and is a place where people are friendly,” said Canadian priest, Fr. Gilles Blouin, 66.
The 10 seminarians, coming from various locations in the Philippines, are sheltered in the Livelihood Center where they help in the business operations while communing with their foster families.
Brother Christopher Quiñal, a seminarian hoping to be ordained in 4 years, said in the vernacular, “Our goal is to be exposed and learn the simple life, do pastoral works, getting to know our fellow Brothers and to render spiritual services to the people.”
Their activities consist of the seminarians cleaning the St. Francis Chapel and conducting the Flores de Mayo and the evening prayer. Each Sunday, Fr. Blouin leads a mass in the St. Francis Xavier Chapel in Xavier Ecoville and another chapel in Gran Europa.
The immersion in Xavier Ecoville is the second year for the Augustinians, hoping to be back once again for a third immersion in 2014. (Althea Dianne Felix-OJT.)