June 16, 2012: Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Both the Philippine Province and the United States of America Province were grateful for the gisft of ordination to two young missionaries who received the order of diaconate and of priesthood respectively in a solemn Eucharistic celebration presisded by Bishop Buenaventura Famadico, DD of the Diocese of Gumaca, at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Quezzon City.
Rev. Antonio Reynante B. Alcantara, CMF who belongs to the USA Province, recieved the order of priesthood while Sch. Louie R. Guades III, CMF of the Philippine Province was welcomed to the order of diaconate.
The occassion was well attended by the Claretian Missionaries from different communities, religious sisters, lay collaborators, families, relatives and friends of the ordinands. Fr. Alcantara was also accompanied by Fr. Jose Sanchez, CMF, Provincial Consultor and Prefect of Formation of the USA Province. The ordination was livestreamed through the School of the Word Online website so that friends and Claretians from the USA and Latin America may view the event as it happens.
The following day, June 17, 2012, Fr. Alcantara celebrated his thanksgiving mass in Virgen del Remedios Parish in his hometown in San Pablo City. Another thanksgiving mass was celebrated in Macau where he first experienced his Claretian misisonary work as a lay person, before going back to America.
Rev. Guades on the other hand continues to be with the community of Mayumi while serving as deacon at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Quezon City and working on the Technology of Information and Communications (TIC) commission of the province.
Thanksgiving in Macau