San Jose, Philippines: Funeral Fr. Bill McAvoy MHM
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San Jose, Philippines: Funeral Fr. Bill McAvoy MHM

Today (December 22, 2020) we paid our last respect to Fr. William Kelly McAvoy mhm. The requiem mass was presided by the Bishop of San Jose de Antique, Marvyn A. Maceda. This celebration of the Holy Eucharist was attended by Mill Hill Missionaries, Mensa Domini Sisters, priests of the Diocese, other religious brothers and sisters,…

Live-Stream Funeral Father Bill McAvoy MHM
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Live-Stream Funeral Father Bill McAvoy MHM

The Funeral Rites for the late Fr. Bill McAvoy MHM will be live-streamed on TUESDAY the 22nd of December, 2020 at 9.30.am (Philippine time), 1.30.am UK time. The live stream will be via the Mensa Domini Chapel 1 on www.facebook.com If you already have a facebook account, simply enter Mensa Domini Chapel 1. Otherwise, you may have to create a facebook…

Cardinal Luis Tagle: Migrant Workers are Missionary Disciples
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Cardinal Luis Tagle: Migrant Workers are Missionary Disciples

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, lauded Filipinos working abroad for being “missionaries.” “Isn’t it perhaps that God has guided us out of the Philippines, not only to earn a living, but also to be missionaries?” the former prelate of Manila said in his Christmas message. Cardinal Tagle,…

Father William (Bill) McAvoy MHM has died. RIP
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Father William (Bill) McAvoy MHM has died. RIP

It is with regret that we inform you of the death on the morning of the 17th day of December, 2020 at The Antique Medical Center, San Jose, Antique, Philippines, at the age of 91 of Father William (Bill) McAvoy Mill Hill Missionary May he rest in peace Bill, as we in Mill Hill affectionately…

Philippines: The Silsilah Dialogue Movement
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Philippines: The Silsilah Dialogue Movement

“From a certain corner they shot at me. I think the bullet passed this close to my chest. I said to myself, I have to do this. I have to help the people here, Muslims and Christians, to build trust, peace, and confidence.” Fr. Sebastiano D’Ambra Fr. Sebastiano D’Ambra’s story and that of the Silsilah…

Philippines: Hallowed Christmas Traditions Kept in Place
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Philippines: Hallowed Christmas Traditions Kept in Place

In the midst of the pandemic, Filipino Catholics have poured into churches for the famous Filipino Christmas tradition: the “Simbang Gabi” or “Misa del Gallo”, the mass celebrated at dawn for nine days, which begins on December 16th and ends on December 24th. At 4.00 in the morning the church bells began to ring, and…

Philippines: National Human Rights Consciousness Week
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Philippines: National Human Rights Consciousness Week

As the human rights community starts to commemorate National Human Rights Consciousness Week from Dec. 4-10, it is meaningful to pay tribute to the hundreds of desaparecidos in the Philippines.  To mention a few names, we remember Father Rudy Romano, Father Nilo Valerio, Romeo Legazpi, Jonas Burgos, Darryl Fortuna, Karen Empeno, Shirley Cadapan and Elena Tijamo. The…

Philippines: Call to Mission at the Heart of Year Jubilation
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Philippines: Call to Mission at the Heart of Year Jubilation

The Catholic Church in the Philippines is opening the new liturgical year (First Sunday of Advent) with a call for all Filipino Catholics to become missionaries ad intra (locally) and ad extra ( globally) with joy and mercy as missionary traits. This is to celebrate the Year of Missio ad Gentes in commemoration of the…

Philippines: Red Wednesday’s Significance
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Philippines: Red Wednesday’s Significance

Most of the parishes of the Catholic Church in the Philippines celebrate the second Red Wednesday Mass in support to the campaign of the Aid to the Church in Need (ACN-PH) call to prayer for the persecuted Christians. This year theme is “Red means Love… Red is for the Sick, Red is for the Front…

Philippines: Mission to Turkana, Kenya
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Philippines: Mission to Turkana, Kenya

The seeds of missionary vocation that were sown by the Mill Hill Missionaries on the coastal and mountain areas of the province of Iloilo and Antique, Philippines, germinated, grew, and are continuously bearing fruits. On November 08, 2020, the Archdiocese of Jaro, Iloilo, took the pastoral care of the newly erected Holy Family Parish in…

Capiz, Philippines: Ordination of Glenn Dumali MHM
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Capiz, Philippines: Ordination of Glenn Dumali MHM

The guests and friends of Fr. Glenn Dumali arrived early in the morning of October 28, 2020, at the Parish of Saint Joseph the Worker in the town of President Roxas, Capiz, Philippines to attend and to witness his ordination to the Order of Priesthood. When the celebration was about to begin, the frontliners in…

Filipinos Celebrate ‘Loneliest” All Souls Day amid Pandemic
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Filipinos Celebrate ‘Loneliest” All Souls Day amid Pandemic

“Forgive your family. They must have their reasons for not visiting you today.” Having taken care of the Catholic cemetery in the city of Dagupan, north of Manila, for two decades, Romulo Soriano already knows whose graves he should whisper these thoughts to on All Souls’ Day. These are the unkempt tombs covered with vines…