Six New OSJ deacons

On November 26, 2018, six OSJ brothers were ordained deacons at Santuario de San Jose, Greenhills East, Mandaluyong City with Most Rev. Francsico M. De Leon, DD, Bishop of Antipolo, as their ordaining prelate.

The six new deacons are: Rev. Julius Erwin Amarillo, OSJ; Rev. Raymond Escoton, OSJ; Rev. Juanito Francisco II, OSJ; Rev. Excel Nietes, OSJ; Rev. Carl Andrew Patricio, OSJ; and Rev. Jerwin Christian, OSJ.

Rev. Julius is from San Juan, Batangas and currently assigned at San Lorenzo Ruiz Parish, Bayambang, Pangasinan. Rev. Raymond is from Banga, South Cotabato and staying at the Casa Madre in Asti, Italy for his pastoral exposure. Rev. Juanito is from Laua-an, Antique and currently assigned at San Francisco de Asis Parish, Tagakpan, Davao City. Rev. Excel is from Sibalom, Antique and staying at the Casa Madre in Asti, Italy for his pastoral exposure. Rev. Carl is from South City Homes, Biñan, Laguna and assigned at Santuario de San Jose Marello, Sabang, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. Rev. Jerwin is from Padre Garcia, Batangas and assigned at the Spousal of Mary and Joseph, Buntatala, Jaro, Iloilo City.

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, "it is the task of deacons to assist the bishop and priests in the celebration of the divine mysteries, above all the Eucharist, in the distribution of Holy Communion, in assisting at and blessing marriages, in the proclamation of the Gospel and preaching, in presiding over funerals, and in dedicating themselves to the various ministries of charity." (CCC 1570)

Filipino Oblates of St. Joseph
in the World
Open to the voice of the Spirit, Saint Joseph Marello founded the Congregation of the Oblates of St. Joseph. Incorporated in the Church as a congregation of pontifical right, it is clerical by nature and is composed of priests and brothers. Its purpose is to promote the glory of God by the sanctification of its members and the exercise of the apostolate, and it gives witness to the evangelical counsels by the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience.
OSJ Const. Art. 2

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Our Formation Houses,
Seedbeds of Vocations
Every house of formation should be a special center for inspiring, recruiting and fostering vocations in active collaboration with, and service to, other Oblate communities and the local Church.
OSJ Const. Art. 88

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Our Pastoral Ministries, Vivifying the Spirit of Availability
The invitation by bishops to take on the direction of parishes was seen as a call of Divine Providence, which our Founder felt the Oblates should humbly obey. In line with his respectful col-laboration with Local Ordinaries, the Congregation continues to administrate parishes, ever concerned with attending to areas of greatest need, so as to preserve its charism of availability.
OSJ Const. Art. 68

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Our Educational Institutions, instilling the Josephite-Marellian Pedagogy of the Heart
Among the forms of apostolic ministry of the Oblates of St. Joseph, the Christian education of youth holds a position of privilege. If concern for young people is everyone’s obligation, for the Oblates it is demanded by fidelity to the spirit of their Founder.
OSJ Const. 60
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Centers of Retreat and Renewal

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