MMHC-YMC attends National Youth Day Festivities
For the first time, the Marian Missionaries of the Holy Cross-Youth for Mary and Christ sent 20 representatives from the different mission and formation houses to the National Youth Day 2017 last November 6-10, 2017 at Zamboanga City.
This was organized by the CBCP Episcopal Commission on the Youth.
More than 3,000 young people all over the country congregated in Zamboanga City to take part of the local World Youth Day with the theme chosen by Pope Francis: “The Lord has done great things for me and holy is His Name.”
Among the highlights of the 5-day gathering was the talk of former member of the MMHC and now a part of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan, Rev. Fr. Jeffrey Segovia.
Fr. Segovia, the founder of the Kabataang Pinoy Online Group, elaborated on the topic: “We are flawed but still blessed.” He emphasized that despite the imperfections and flaws of a person, he is still blessed and gifted because God never surrenders in understanding and loving him. He further said that God continues to be merciful and gives healing that despite one’s flaws, yet through His grace, God will do great things. Fr. Segovia went on by challenging the young people to share God’s graces to them with others by being a beacon of light amongst the darkness and by inspiring others through being a role model.
Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo, OMI led the send-off mass on the last day of the NYD. In his homily, Cardinal Quevedo remarked, “No one can make a difference in this world unless God gives him the ability to do so.”
The next NYD 2019 will be hosted by the Archdiocese of Cebu and it will also coincide with the CBCP’s Year of the Youth.