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250 Marist delegates gathered at the national convention

01/11/2019: Philippines

The Notre Dame of Kidapawan College (NDKC ) hosted the Saint Marcellin Champagnat (SMC) National Convention last October 12-13, 2019 with the theme, “Marist Youths in Mission: Yes, we can”. This was participated in by 250 delegates from Notre Dame of Marbel University(NDMU), the Notre Dame of Dadiangas University (NDDU), the Notre Dame of Cotabato (NDC), the NDKC - SMCians and student leaders with their respective SMC Club moderators and the Marists of Champagnat.

It began with a Mass and blessing of the Marist Youth Cross and SMCians' button pins held simultaneously with the Muslim Prayer and Christian Worship; it was followed by an opening program. The said event was graced by the presence of the Marists of Champagnat. The delegates were warmly welcomed by an opening salvo and the messages of Br. Manuel V. de Leon, FMS and Br. Sylvain Ramandimbiarisoa, FMS, General Councilor, the keynote speaker. He shared about weaving life and the mission of youths creatively accompanied by some Marist Songs with the NDKC Marist Band.

The youths were energized and animated with their creativity in the dance interpretation of the songs rendered. After the conversation and sharing of the participants, the dinner was served. During the Marist Solidarity Night, Br. Dominador Santiago, FMS, Provincial, gave his inspirational message. The youths also showcased their talents and got acquainted with one another through socialization activities that were facilitated by NDDU.

A Taizé prayer concluded the night. The next day began with a morning praise facilitated by NDC. It was followed by a Talk Show about the World Youth Day and National Youth Day Experiences and the Challenges to the Youths. Invited as guests were Rogelio D. Mesicula, Jr., DYA Chairman, and Emmanuel Cenal, former SMC National Vice President. After the open forum, the SMC National Convention Commitment was presented and approved by the delegates.

The closing program was handled by NDMU. The convention concluded with a Eucharistic Celebration and commissioning. Indeed, it was a delightful gathering of the youths in response to call of vocation and mission.

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