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Delegates from different Marist communities in East Asia Province like Korea, Malaysia, Malutok Palawan, Marikina, General Santos, Koronadal, Cotabato, and Kidapawan were covered in exuberance in taking part in the launching of the Marist Bi-Centenary last June 23, 2017, held at Notre Dame of Kidapawan College, Kidapawan City.
The event commemorates the formation of the Marist Brothers, founded by Saint Marcellin Champagnat, in year 1817 with the mission of helping young people become good Christians and responsible citizens, and educating the children especially those who are least favored.
The legacy of Saint Marcellin Champagnat is continued today by nearly 10,000 brothers around every corner of the globe, and now, they are celebrating its 200 years of serving the people.
To start its grandiose celebration, delegates harmoniously celebrated the Mass of the Holy Spirit and it was followed by a motorcade around the city. Some of the delegates participated in the event were Notre Dame of Cotabato (NDC), Notre Dame of Marbel University (NDMU), Notre of Dadiangas University (NDDU) and the host school Notre Dame of Kidapawan College (NDKC).
Participants were busy roaming around NDKC campus after the motorcade. Some went to the exhibit area to have a glimpse of what other Marist school can showcase. Others were busy fitting and choosing souvenir items, while other participants were actively
Let’s have a quick visit at NDKC Campus
The afternoon session was opened by the NDKC President, Bro. Manuel V. De Leon, FMS who has the most laborious task of making the launching grandiose yet solemn.
Bro. Robert Teoh, FMS, the Provincial Superior of Marist East Asia, was also present and reminded everyone to be a Champagnat of today, that is to be always grateful to God, to be a person with a heart of service, always on fire for a mission of becoming a builder of Church with a Marian face and always committed and open for changes.
To fire up the afternoon session, participants from different schools showcased their talents through a socio-cultural presentation, presenting their best.
Notre Dame of Cotabato started the ball rolling with their Malong Dance presentation, which is native to their place.
Notre Dame of Marbel University waived their flag through an interpretative dance.
Notre Dame of Dadiangas University laid out their best in a dance fusion.
While the host school, Notre Dame of Kidapawan College, show what they’ve got in a folkdance presentation.
The young brothers from Fourviere and Sacred Heart communities also showcased their hidden talents.
As part of the celebration; the participants offered a “bonfire for peace” with the hope of attaining total peace in our land, especially in Marawi City and other cities affected by famine and war. This activity also sought for an inner peace in our mind, body and soul. The bonfire was led by Bro. Manuel De Leon, FMS, NDKC President.
And to conclude the celebration, the venue was covered in total silence for a mantra style of Taize prayer service, a meditation prayer usually anchored with solemn music. Part of this prayer was the lighting of candles going and around the altar and the veneration of the cross.
The Bi-centenary celebration will culminate on June 2018 at Notre Dame of Cotabato.