Recalling Padre John X’s ordination last October 24th , is something I would call as, one of the proudest moment of the East Asia Delegation. Seeing his family, relatives, friends, and even his neighbors coming in full force to the Philippines to support and witness the presbyteral ordination of Padre John X. is something I would describe as the beauty of unity and love. Seeing those people making an effort just to be there for Padre John’s ordination was touching, and it really revealed their support to the Claretian life chosen by Padre John and their love and support for the church in China. Despite the situation of the church in their Motherland China, and all the hassle it may entail, people from all over China still came down here. I was expecting a little less than a person of ten, but to my shock they were around 30 or more…
There were a few other people from different parts of the world who attended Padre John’s important day. Now Father John as a foreigner, being ordained here in the Philippines, we would usually expect few visitors just like the ordinations we had here for the past few months. But this time was different. Many people attended which clearly showed that Fr. John is a man who is deeply loved by many and a man with a lot of friends.
It was also a great joy of mine to meet for the first time our other brothers from Japan, Masuda and Nagasaki. And have been blessed to spend a day of bonding with Kay and Masuda. Which gave us a chance to know more about each other. It was also an honor to meet the three legends of the EAD, I would say, Padres Jordi Guitart, Mario Bonfaini, and Marcel.li Fonts. Sadly the person I was looking forward to see that day and whom I miss is our dear Father Delegate Superior, Padre Paco. It could have been best if he was there with us to celebrate the fast of our father founder and the ordination of Padre John X. but I know he is needed more somewhere else for a greater cause.