The 154th founding anniversary of the Claretian Missionaries marks the perpetual religious profession of Bro. Peter Phan Van Dat, CMF at the Immaculate Heart Mary Parish (IHMP) Quezon City on July 16, 2013.
This year’s founding anniversary also gave way to the 16 scholastics who renewed their vows: Brothers’ Alvin L. Arcete, CMF, Sandy L. Bahia, CMF, Jo Stephen C. Cagaanan, CMF, Aldrin M. Castillones, CMF, Julius Jose A. Coching, CMF, Martin Ernest A. Ele, CMF, Joseph Lang Van Ngo, CMF, Peter Hien Duc Nguyen, CMF, Stephen Nang Van Nguyen, CMF, Kevin Mark R. Rendor, CMF, Ronell John P. Recomono, CMF, John Baptist Hoa Binh Tran, CMF, Sunny S. Varquez, CMF
The Eucharistic celebration, which was attended by the different Claretian institutions with its sponsors and lay collaborators was presided by Fr. Leo M. Dalmao, CMF.
The grace of vocation
Bro. Dat, CMF, who is one of the second batches of Vietnamese seminarians who came to the Philippines in 2005, was in tears while delivering his thanksgiving message before the mass ended.
Being the youngest among the six siblings, Bro. Dat, CMF entered the Claretian Missionaries in Vietnam on September 15, 2003 after working for two years teaching English to high school students in his hometown.
He made his first religious profession on May 6, 2007 at Claret Novitiate House in Ormoc City. After three years of his academic formation in Claret Theology house, he was assigned in Vietnam for his pastoral years.
Bro. Dat, CMF is presently in his last year of theological studies at Maryhil School of Theology (MST).